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Ecorse Drive-In Theatre - Taylor MI

Address: 21366 Ecorse Rd
City: Taylor
State: MI
Zip: 48126
County: Wayne
Open: 1951 (4-22-51) AD
Closed: <1989>
Capacity: 1050 (1951) - 1000 (1977)
Owner History: Sportservice (1969) Wayne Amusements
Number of visits to this page: 24677
General Information:

Source: Maurice Lafountiane

I lived two blocks (streets) on Harding from the Ecorse DI. My mom and dad would load my 4 brothers and I into then, a '62 Ford Falcon station wagon and stop either at Peppy's or the 'party store' for goodies to munch on. As I got older, I had a friend who lived adjacent to the DI the street that ran along the Ecorse in the back area and we'd sneak under the fence.

As a young boy we would ride our bikes up to Peppy's and get food the fish sandwich was awesome. We we're 11,12 or 13 and watch all the high school guys and girls cruise the 360 of Peppy's. Wonder how many of those guys we lost to Vietnam? I also remember the Standard and Sinclair gas stations down the street from the Ecorse and recall when they built the first Burger King, McDonald's and Taco Bell on Campbell street. And you can't forget Little Skipper's on Mayfair! Yea the Ecorse Drive-In many good memories on that landmark.

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Info Updates:
12/18/2003 - Box Office Magazine
July 1960 Issue - The Ecorse Road Drive-In in Taylor Township, one of the largest drive-ins in the Detroit area, isbeing taken over by Sportservice of Buffalo, a national concession organization which operates five drive-ins. The theatre was formerly operated by Ohio Drive-Ins Management Company (Interstate Drive-Ins) and Ecorse Drive-In Theatre Company. William E. Ahrens remains general manager.
10/16/2003 - MichiganDriveIns.com
The Ecorse DI screen was destroyed by either a tornado, or straight line winds back in the summer of 1980. Some of you might recall the storm that rolled through the Detroit area early one morning while the Republicans were in Detroit to nominate Ronald Reagan. Not only was the screen destroyed, but the roof was torn off the office and left in a muffler shop parking lot farther down on Ecorse. The Ecorse wasnt the only DI that suffered damage from that storm, the Dearborn DI screen split in the middle near the top and the west side of the screen over-lapped the east side by about 18". And the high fence along the exit, near the screen at the Algiers DI was bent over at a 10 degree angle.(FREDRICK R. 9-15-03)
10/16/2003 - MichiganDriveIns.com
Another costly F2 tornado occurred in the Allen Park and Ecorse areas on July 16, 1980. A number of buildings, as well as a train, were either damaged or destroyed by this tornado before it moved into Ontario. Total damage was estimated at over $5 million. (NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE 9-15-03)
1/6/2003 - Drive-Ins.com
Capacity about 1000 cars. Concession stand built below grade and used to flood during heavy rains. The original screen was blown down during a severe storm in the summer of 1980. The replacement screen is currently in use at the Ford Wyoming Drive In. Closed in either late 1985 or 1986. R. Fredrick
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Ecorse Drive-In Theatre - FROM AMERICAN CLASSIC IMAGES
FROM AMERICAN CLASSIC IMAGES
Ecorse Drive-In Theatre - ECORSE DI DOWN FROM MICHIGAN DRIVE-INS
ECORSE DI DOWN FROM MICHIGAN DRIVE-INS
Ecorse Drive-In Theatre - ECORSE DRIVE-IN 1949
ECORSE DRIVE-IN 1949
Ecorse Drive-In Theatre - AERIAL FROM GERARD FITZPATRICK
AERIAL FROM GERARD FITZPATRICK
Ecorse Drive-In Theatre - ECORSE TORNADO DAMAGE JULY 1980 COURTESY FRYAN
ECORSE TORNADO DAMAGE JULY 1980 COURTESY FRYAN
Ecorse Drive-In Theatre - ECORSE TORNADO DAMAGE JULY 1980 COURTESY FRYAN
ECORSE TORNADO DAMAGE JULY 1980 COURTESY FRYAN
Ecorse Drive-In Theatre - ECORSE TORNADO DAMAGE JULY 1980 COURTESY FRYAN
ECORSE TORNADO DAMAGE JULY 1980 COURTESY FRYAN
Ecorse Drive-In Theatre - ECORSE TORNADO DAMAGE JULY 1980 COURTESY FRYAN
ECORSE TORNADO DAMAGE JULY 1980 COURTESY FRYAN
Ecorse Drive-In Theatre - ECORSE TORNADO DAMAGE JULY 1980 COURTESY FRYAN
ECORSE TORNADO DAMAGE JULY 1980 COURTESY FRYAN
Ecorse Drive-In Theatre - ECORSE TORNADO DAMAGE JULY 1980 COURTESY FRYAN
ECORSE TORNADO DAMAGE JULY 1980 COURTESY FRYAN
Ecorse Drive-In Theatre - MARQUEE - PHOTO FROM RG
MARQUEE - PHOTO FROM RG
Ecorse Drive-In Theatre - OLD NEWS PHOTO FROM RON G
OLD NEWS PHOTO FROM RON G
Ecorse Drive-In Theatre - FROM MICHIGAN DRIVEINS
FROM MICHIGAN DRIVEINS
Ecorse Drive-In Theatre - OLD MARQUEE PHOTO FROM NEWSPAPER
OLD MARQUEE PHOTO FROM NEWSPAPER
Ecorse Drive-In Theatre - TICKET - PHOTO FROM RG
TICKET - PHOTO FROM RG
Ecorse Drive-In Theatre - ECORSE GRAND OPENING AD 4-22-51 FROM MICHIGANDRIVEINS
ECORSE GRAND OPENING AD 4-22-51 FROM MICHIGANDRIVEINS
Ecorse Drive-In Theatre - FROM MICHIGAN DRIVEINS 1
FROM MICHIGAN DRIVEINS 1
Ecorse Drive-In Theatre - FROM MICHIGAN DRIVEINS 2
FROM MICHIGAN DRIVEINS 2
Ecorse Drive-In Theatre - AERIAL - PHOTO FROM TERRASERVER
AERIAL - PHOTO FROM TERRASERVER
Ecorse Drive-In Theatre - TOPO
TOPO
Ecorse Drive-In Theatre - ECORSE AERIAL 5-24-61
ECORSE AERIAL 5-24-61
Ecorse Drive-In Theatre - JAN 7 1970 AD
JAN 7 1970 AD
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