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Michigan Drive-ins

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Ford-Wyoming Drive-in
Dearborn, MI
The Ford-Wyoming Drive-in opened as a single-screen in 1950. It now has nine screens with room for 3,000 cars. At one time, it had a kids' playground and boat rides. It is open year-round with car heaters supplied from October to May. The drive-in's name came from its location at the intersection of Ford Rd. and Wyoming Ave. It is now known as the Ford Drive-in. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [map]

Cherry Bowl Drive-in
Honor, MI
The Cherry Bowl Drive-in opened in 1953. The name is derived from Honor's claim to be the Cherry Capital of the World. The screen tower design includes storage space in its base. This drive-in also offers a mini golf course, batting cages, vintage advertising trailers, homemade food, nostalgic atmosphere, special events, as well as a giant chicken. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Capri Drive-in
Coldwater, MI
The Capri Drive-in opened in 1964 and has been in continuous operation since then. The speaker poles have been removed and replaced with radio sound. This twin-screen drive-in has room for 1,200 cars. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Commerce Drive-in
Walled Lake, MI
former 131 Drive-in
Plainwell, MI
The Commerce Drive-in operated from 1956-1990. This sign is all that's left. For more, see this website. [map]

The 131 Drive-in opened in 1950 and closed in 1984. The property is now home to Perk's Auto Parts & Salvage. [map]

U.S. 23 Drive-in
Flint, MI
former Twilite Drive-in sign [gone]
Saginaw, MI
The U.S. 23 Drive-in opened in 1952 and is still in operation. There are now three screens. The neon sign was restored in 2009. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

The Twilite Drive-in operated in Saginaw from 1948-1991. It was one of the largest drive-in theaters in Michigan. When it was demolished, the marquee letters were saved and restored. In 2002, they were included in a mural on the side of this building across the street that houses the Listening Room, an audio/video store. The letters are lit at night. The letters from the other side of the sign are installed and lit inside the studio of Domagalski Photography. This photo is from 2011. The sign was still there in 2014 but gone by 2015. The Listening Room relocated at that point. The building's owner said at that time that the sign would be preserved and relocated to another one of his properties. Does anyone know if it has turned up somewhere? For more, see this website.

More Michigan Drive-ins:
Miracle Twin Drive-in (Flint)
various cities: 1, 2

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