Ford-Wyoming Drive In Dearborn - Dearborn MI

Address: 10400 Ford Rd at Wyoming
City: Dearborn
State: MI
Zip: 48126
County: Wayne
Owner History:
Theater Type: N/A
Number of visits to this page: 36596

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General Information:

Source: Cinema Treasures

Opened in 1950, as a single-screener, with a colossal, late Streamline-style screen, the Ford-Wyoming could originally accomodate around 750 cars. It also once advertised a kiddie playground and boat rides for children. The drive-in was acquired by Wayne Amusements in 1981, and by 1990, and grown to five screens. Another four screens were built during the early 90s.

Today, the still-very popular drive-in is the largest in the United States, parking-wise, with space for over 3000 cars. (The largest drive-in screen-wise is the Thunderbird in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with 13 screens). The Ford-Wyoming is open year-round, a rarity for drive-ins, and supplies car heaters along with speakers during the winter season.


Purchased by Charles Shafer in 1981, the single-screen Ford-Wyoming eventually grew to five screens, and four more at the adjacent Ford-Wyoming 6-9 on Wyoming Rd. In the early 1990s, two other Wayne Amusements drive-ins, the Wayne, and the Algiers gave up their six screens to the growing Ford-Wyoming. Open Year-round, the Ford-Wyoming runs movies all-night long, convenient for nearby Chrysler plant workers.

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Info Updates:
12/18/2003 - Box Office Magazine
July 1959 - Boyd Beauchene is managing the Ford-Wyoming Drive-In at Dearborn, in place of Jack Wagner, Edward B. Miller is operator there following the retirement of James W. Padfield, who moved to the Upper Peninsula.
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