Source: Andrew Wilson AKA The Librarian
The Meredith Drive-In actually had its first Grand Opening in 1952. The second owner, Lawrence Weiss loved to buy large ads stating "Grand Opening" every year, plus he knew how to promote the DI in the local papers. Here are some articles: New Drive-In Opens South of Prudenville Ogemaw County Herald - Thursday June 5, 1952 A new drive-in theatre, the Meredith Drive-In, was recently opened on M-18, 12 miles south of Prudenville and is owned and operated by Hank and Kay Gardner. Mr. Gardner stated that he will only show first run features and said that his drive-in has the latest sound and projection equipment.
The new theatre will be open seven days a week, rain or shine. It is the policy that all children under 12 years of age will be admitted free. Opens New Drive-In Theatre Roscommon Herald News - Thursday June 5, 1952 - Page 1 The Meredith Drive-In Theatre located 12 miles south of Prudenville on M-18 opened May 23. A double feature show starts at dark with the main feature about 10 oclock. There will be a showing 7 nights a week, rain or shine, of first run pictures. Hank and Kay Gardner, managers state that they have the latest sound and projection equipment to assure you of an enjoyable . Children under 12 years of age are admitted free when accompanied by their parents.
Meredith Theater Near Prudenville To Open On Friday, May 9 Ogemaw County Herald - Thursday May 8, 1958 - Page 1, 12 Announcement is being made this week by Lawrence Weiss, owner, that the Meredith Drive-In Theatre will hold its grand opening for the summer season on Friday and Saturday, May 9-10. The Meredith will be open on Fridays and Saturdays during the month of May and four nights each week during June, after which a full-time schedule of pictures will be in effect. A twin bill will feature the opening with "Run of the Arrow" and "Escapade in Japan" being billed. Treats for the kiddies, free popcorn will be given opening nights and free passes will be given to the lucky ticket holders each night during the season.