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Portage Drive-In Theatre - Kalamazoo MI

Address: 5528 Portage Rd
City: Kalamazoo
State: MI
Zip: 49001
County: Kalamazoo
Open: 1948 (7-8-48) AD
Closed: 1983
Capacity: 400
Owner History: Albert Ochs (1948-61) Butterfield Theatres (1961-83)
Number of visits to this page: 11029
General Information:

Source: TB

This Drive-In did indeed have "stepped" ramps, where one was slightly higher than the one in front of it. It closed after the 1983 season due to a combination of declining attendance, light pollution problems from the growing area around the Drive-In, plus the fact the property it sat on was more valuable the the income from the theatre itself. It was then torn down a couple of years later and a Sam's Club store was built on the site. It would eventually move to another location and State Farm Insurance later moved into the building.

Info Updates:
6/6/2005 - Jeff Kline
I remember going to this drive in the year before it closed. It was located right across the street from the Kalamazoo airport and I think was one of the coolest drive in ever. If I remember right, it had tiered parking ,(like the stadium seating in the new modern theaters of today.)
1/6/2003 - Drive-Ins.com
Site is now home to a State Farm Insurance building.
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Portage Drive-In Theatre - AUTO AERIAL 10-27-56 COURTESY TBR757 PORTAGE DISTRICT LIBRARY
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