HomeDrive-In TheatersNorthside Drive-In Theatre - Lansing, MI

Northside Drive-In Theatre - Lansing MI

Address: 14847 Old U.S. 27
City: Lansing
State: MI
Zip: 48906
County: Clinton
Open: 1952 (8-29-52) AD
Closed: 1988 (8-18-88)
Capacity: 400 (1956) 800 (1977)
Owner History: Leon Robbe (1956) Ashmun Theatres/Mark & Orlando Spagnuolo (1968) Harry Mohney/Mid States/VIP Theatres(1977)
Number of visits to this page: 19454
General Information:

Source: MichiganDriveIns.com

The yet to be discovered Canadian rock trio RUSH, along with several other bands, played at the ill-fated noon to midnight Northside Concert on May 18th, 1974. The bands played on a stage constructed in front of the screen at the Northside Drive-In Theater. According to the Lansing State Journal newspaper article, attendance was sparse, but drug overdoses were aplenty. In typical State Journal fashion, the article did not mention any of the bands, or their music sets at the concert. Read the entire article below.

The original screen reportedly burned down due to a fireworks accident sometime in the 70s, and was quickly replaced. Two more screens were added in the 80s, making the Northside a triple. The theater was neglected towards the end and had become quite a party spot, causing local police to visit often. (Outdoor Moovies 9-99)

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12/8/2013 - Kurk Prater
Before going into thew Air Force in 1973, I worked at this drive-in and remember fondly (?) walking down every row during the day listening to music from the speakers and tearing apart and fixing the speakers that didnt work. I also remember mowing the fron grass when it was over 3 feet high, the mower dyieing with every pucsh, LOL at night, we would sit in a car in the very back and catch people sneaking in from the fields and also catching people getting out of trucks trying to get in free.
1/6/2003 - WaterWinterWonderland
No structures remain, driveways and some foundations are still visible.
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Northside Drive-In Theatre - From American Classic Images (newer photo)
From American Classic Images (newer photo)
Northside Drive-In Theatre - Old Aerial From Carl Easlick (newer photo)
Old Aerial From Carl Easlick (newer photo)
Northside Drive-In Theatre - Old Aerial From Carl Easlick (newer photo)
Old Aerial From Carl Easlick (newer photo)
Northside Drive-In Theatre - Old Aerial From Carl Easlick (newer photo)
Old Aerial From Carl Easlick (newer photo)
Northside Drive-In Theatre - Old Aerial From Carl Easlick (newer photo)
Old Aerial From Carl Easlick (newer photo)
Northside Drive-In Theatre - Old Aerial From Carl Easlick (newer photo)
Old Aerial From Carl Easlick (newer photo)
Northside Drive-In Theatre - Old Aerial From Carl Easlick (newer photo)
Old Aerial From Carl Easlick (newer photo)
Northside Drive-In Theatre - Old Aerial From Carl Easlick (newer photo)
Old Aerial From Carl Easlick (newer photo)
Northside Drive-In Theatre - Rare Shot From Harry Mohney And Curt Peterson (newer photo)
Rare Shot From Harry Mohney And Curt Peterson (newer photo)
Northside Drive-In Theatre - Winter Shot From Harry Mohney And Curt Peterson (newer photo)
Winter Shot From Harry Mohney And Curt Peterson (newer photo)
Northside Drive-In Theatre - Rare Shot From Harry Mohney And Curt Peterson (newer photo)
Rare Shot From Harry Mohney And Curt Peterson (newer photo)
Northside Drive-In Theatre - Rare Shot Of Original Screen From Harry Mohney And Curt Peterson (newer photo)
Rare Shot Of Original Screen From Harry Mohney And Curt Peterson (newer photo)
Northside Drive-In Theatre - Driveway Now - Photo From Water Winter Wonderland (newer photo)
Driveway Now - Photo From Water Winter Wonderland (newer photo)
Northside Drive-In Theatre - Driveways Now - Photo From Water Winter Wonderland (newer photo)
Driveways Now - Photo From Water Winter Wonderland (newer photo)
Northside Drive-In Theatre - Now - Photo From Water Winter Wonderland (newer photo)
Now - Photo From Water Winter Wonderland (newer photo)
Northside Drive-In Theatre - Lanes And Screen - Photo From Rg (newer photo)
Lanes And Screen - Photo From Rg (newer photo)
Northside Drive-In Theatre - Old Field - Photo From Rg (newer photo)
Old Field - Photo From Rg (newer photo)
Northside Drive-In Theatre - Projection-Concession From Darryl Burgess (newer photo)
Projection-Concession From Darryl Burgess (newer photo)
Northside Drive-In Theatre - Projection From Darryl Burgess (newer photo)
Projection From Darryl Burgess (newer photo)
Northside Drive-In Theatre - Refreshments From Darryl Burgess (newer photo)
Refreshments From Darryl Burgess (newer photo)
Northside Drive-In Theatre - Screen With Poles From Darryl Burgess (newer photo)
Screen With Poles From Darryl Burgess (newer photo)
Northside Drive-In Theatre - Ticket Lanes From Darryl Burgess (newer photo)
Ticket Lanes From Darryl Burgess (newer photo)
Northside Drive-In Theatre - Speakers From Darryl Burgess (newer photo)
Speakers From Darryl Burgess (newer photo)
Northside Drive-In Theatre - Screen From Darryl Burgess (newer photo)
Screen From Darryl Burgess (newer photo)
Northside Drive-In Theatre - News Ad (newer photo)
News Ad (newer photo)
Northside Drive-In Theatre - Ad - Photo From Rg (newer photo)
Ad - Photo From Rg (newer photo)
Northside Drive-In Theatre - Article 8-30-83 (newer photo)
Article 8-30-83 (newer photo)
Northside Drive-In Theatre - Article (newer photo)
Article (newer photo)
Northside Drive-In Theatre - Article (newer photo)
Article (newer photo)
Northside Drive-In Theatre - Another Ad (newer photo)
Another Ad (newer photo)
Northside Drive-In Theatre - Old Ad From Curt Peterson (newer photo)
Old Ad From Curt Peterson (newer photo)
Northside Drive-In Theatre - Aerial (newer photo)
Aerial (newer photo)
Northside Drive-In Theatre - 1956 Northside Di (newer photo)
1956 Northside Di (newer photo)
Northside Drive-In Theatre - Aerial - Photo From Terraserver (newer photo)
Aerial - Photo From Terraserver (newer photo)
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