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Lakeshore Drive-In Theatre - Fort Gratiot MI 

Address: 5737 Lakeshore Rd
City: Fort Gratiot
State: MI
Zip: 48060
County: St. Clair
Open: 1948 (5-25-48)
Closed: 1986
Capacity: 600
Owner History: H. J. Ochs, Triangle Drive-In Co.
Number of visits to this page: 9819
General Information:

AKA Bluewater Drive-In

Owners are listed as H.J. Ochs and later Triangle Drive-In Co. The drive-in opened May 25, 1948 and it lists a closing date in 1986. This ozoner had a car capacity of 600 with a single screen. It has since been demolished.

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AMC Birchwood 10  |  The Dome  |  Birchwood Mall  |  
Info Updates:
1/6/2008 - R.M. Glowczewski
Approximately 50% of the empty lot of the former Lakeshore Drive In was purchased in 2005.

That section was cleared of 19 years of plant growth, and another Blue Water area old-age assisted-living nursing home was built on it. It is called "Regency on the Lake" and it occupys the south section of the lot.

The north section of the lot is still empty and covered with plant life, while the lot to the north of that which once held the ice cream parlor and putt-putt golf course previously spoken of was torn down in 2006 to some day house condos.

The grocery store building to the north of that is still there, totally abandoned with smashed windows and complete.
6/12/2006 - Chris Harder
In the 60s, my parents owned the grocery store just to the north of the drive in, on the other side of the Putt Putt. It was a great place to grow up, there was the store, the Putt Putt, occasionally the restaurant was open, the golf course, the drive in and a gas station. There was also Mil & Mels gift shop a little further south. I remember watching The Planet of the Apes, True Grit, Kellys Heroes... Elvis and The Trouble With Girls, and, of course, the 4th of July fireworks, every year... not the biggest show, but, always fun! Pretty neat finding your site!
9/11/2004 - Unknown
According to Port Huron library newspaper microfilm, the Lakeshore was still there in October, 1986, showing movies on weekends only. As of July, 1987, it was gone.
 Photos:18
Lakeshore Drive-In Theatre - OLD PHOTO
OLD PHOTO
Lakeshore Drive-In Theatre - 1982 VINTAGE AERIAL
1982 VINTAGE AERIAL
Lakeshore Drive-In Theatre - OLD PHOTO
OLD PHOTO
Lakeshore Drive-In Theatre - LOT WITH DRIVEWAY - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
LOT WITH DRIVEWAY - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
Lakeshore Drive-In Theatre - ENTRANCE NOW - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
ENTRANCE NOW - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
Lakeshore Drive-In Theatre - DRIVEWAY - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
DRIVEWAY - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
Lakeshore Drive-In Theatre - FOUNDATION - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
FOUNDATION - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
Lakeshore Drive-In Theatre - REMNANTS - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
REMNANTS - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
Lakeshore Drive-In Theatre - RAMPS - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
RAMPS - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
Lakeshore Drive-In Theatre - HISTORIC AERIAL
HISTORIC AERIAL
Lakeshore Drive-In Theatre - AERIAL - PHOTO FROM TERRASERVER
AERIAL - PHOTO FROM TERRASERVER
Lakeshore Drive-In Theatre - 1961 AERIAL WITH PUTT PUTT NEXT DOOR
1961 AERIAL WITH PUTT PUTT NEXT DOOR
Lakeshore Drive-In Theatre - AERIAL
AERIAL
Lakeshore Drive-In Theatre - 10 SEP 1973 ARTICLE ON ROBBERY
10 SEP 1973 ARTICLE ON ROBBERY
Lakeshore Drive-In Theatre - JUNE 14 1958 AD
JUNE 14 1958 AD
Lakeshore Drive-In Theatre - JUNE 1964 AD
JUNE 1964 AD
Lakeshore Drive-In Theatre - OCT 21 1973 ARTICLE
OCT 21 1973 ARTICLE
Lakeshore Drive-In Theatre - SCREEN COMES DOWN JUNE 1987
SCREEN COMES DOWN JUNE 1987
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