Source: Dave Rouleau
This theatre was Alpena’s first of two drive-ins, preceeding the Thunder-Bay by at least a season. It was also the first to close. From what I remember the theme was brown. The outline of the marquee (at least it wasn’t just a plain, white rectangle like the Thunder Bay’s), the trim on the ticket booth, concession stand, screen tower and even some of the speakers. This theatre also ran exclusively on speaker sound. I didn’t attend this theatre that often ’cuz by the time I got my drivers license, they were showing X-rated films (I did see regular movies there towards the end, tho).
In order to present adult fare, the theatre had bright lights placed in such a way as to prevent highway travelers from seeing the action on the screen and driving the Buick onto the go-cart track. One thing I noticed from my visits was that the intermission films were different from the Thunder Bay’s. I also took notice when some of my drive-in’s clips were retired and replaced with ones from the Alpena DI.
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