Lakes Drive-In Theatre - Brighton MI 

Address: 10501 E Grand River Ave
City: Brighton
State: MI
Zip: 48116
County: Livingston
Owner History:
Theater Type: N/A
Number of visits to this page: 18841

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General Information:

Source: David Anderson

It was my grandfather, Charles Arlington Anderson that ran this theater (as noted in the article) I believe he had a 25 yr lease for the property. He had also worked at the LaSalle theater as noted on his military registration form 'motion picture operator. ' He was proud of the fact to only show family oriented movies. I was awful young in the early 60's, and don't remember to much, since we lived in Chicago at this time, but I do remember seeing Mary Poppin's for the first time there. Great memories. He was able to retire to Florida and died in 1979 at the age of 79. Of course there are many stories of him, but one I remember is that during the depression he was able to get a job as an electrician after just reading a book on the subject!.

From WWW

Everything is gone, A street runs through the lot with new ice arena and ice cream store. The only drive-in ever built in Livingston County, it was once quite a hopping place. After the theater closed, I asked the realtor how much the land was selling for, the answer was over 1 million dollars. Clearly the former owners could not pass up that kind of return on their investment as it was probably purchased for a fraction of that back when this area was mostly rural.

Info Updates:
3/24/2008 - B.J. McDevitt
For a time, The Lakes had two marquees. The one pictured here which was facing Grand River Ave., and a smaller one that faced I-96. The smaller one had fallen into disrepair, and was abandoned years before the drive-in closed.
10/22/2007 - Dan
As a high school teenager in the summer of 1954 I worked as an usher at the Lake's. I was one of several ushers who would, with flashlights, help direct and guide cars to a parking spot as it was lights out after you passed the ticket booth. I would work from dusk to the end of the movies, then help direct the cars out. For this I was paid$5.00 a night. Not really bad for a 17 year old in 1954. The work was easy and $5went a longer way back then.
5/5/2004 - Kirk Jarvinen
The Lakes Drive-in opened at 6:30 pm on Friday May 11, 1951 (not 53) playing JEEPERS CREEPERS (starring Weaver Bros.) -also- SADDLE TRAMP (with Joel McCrea). Capacity: "Speakers for 700 automobiles on the opening evening, and space for more." Info obtained from microfilm of The Livingston County Press Wednesday, May 9, 1951. Page Fifteen: News Article "New Theatre to Open Friday" Page Twenty-Four: Large Grand Opening ad.
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