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Have you ever wondered why your local drive-in closed back in the 1980s? While there's several reasons why that happened, the biggest reason is we just simply stopped attending. We stayed home and watched television, or a rental video. Or, we went to the fancy new multiplex indoor theatre. Here is the result: Drive-In Graveyards. We call them graveyards because they have some remnant of the the old theater, left as a marker of what once was. Sort of like a tombstone.

M-60 Drive-In: CLOSED Skyway Drive-In: GONE Albion Drive-In: GONE Pine Aire Drive-In: GONE Miracle Twin Drive-In: GONE

Here are some helpful hints for attending a drive-in theater.

Do NOT bring your own food and drinks to the drive-in. As tempting as this may be, it is a big no-no. The drive-in makes very little profit from their ticket sales. The majority of the ticket revenue goes to the movie studio, the drive-in keeps a very small percentage. The drive-in counts on their snack bar sales to turn a profit. When you buy your food and drinks from the snack bar, you are helping the theater survive. Drive-ins are a labor of love, NO one is getting rich operating a drive-in, so don't complain about the prices. Indoor theaters also rely heavily on snack bar sales. Have you ever tried to take your own food and drinks into an indoor theater? You will be turned away every time, it is simply not allowed. Pick up your trash before exiting the theater.

Practice the lost art of common courtesy at the movies. When you are at the drive-in, turn off your headlights. Keep them off at all times while in the theater. If you have daytime running lights, consult your owners manual to learn how to disable them. Don't tap you brake pedal during the movie, and try to keep your dome light off. If you have a truck or mini-van, park towards the rear. Don't park in front of a car and expect them to be able to see over your vehicle. If your hatch is open, tie it down so the people behind you can see. Get there on time, coming in during the movie disrupts the show for those that did arrive on time. Everyone is there to have a good time, so try to have consideration for other movie-goers.

If you have questions about any of these drive-ins, including showtimes, please DO NOT e-mail Michigandriveins.com! Contact the drive-in directly. All of the contact info we have is posted below, including phone numbers and websites. If you have never been to the drive-in, you can ask questions at the ticket booth and the snack bar. They will be happy to explain how it works. Most drive-ins are typically open from May to August, regardless of weather. Check to make sure the drive-in is indeed open before traveling. Michigandriveins.com is an historical information database, does not own or operate any of these theaters, and is not responsible for opening or closing dates, or showtimes.


Open Michigan Drive-In Theaters
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Michigan Drive-In Theaters - Michigandriveins.com
Name: 5-Mile Drive-In
Aka: Five Corners Drive-In, Five Mile Drive-In
Address: 28190 State Rte 152 #M Dowagiac, MI 49047
GPS: 42.058263,-86.111538
County: Cass
Phone: (269) 782-7879
Website: 5-miledriveinsouthwestmi.com
Open Date: 6/30/1961
Status: Survivor
Car Capacity: 500
Screen Count: 1
Owners: R. Tyrakowski (2005) - Neal & Glenda Edwards (2006-present)
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5-Mile Drive-In

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Name: Capri Drive-In
Address: 119 W. Chicago Rd. Coldwater, MI 49036
GPS: 41.934873,-85.060675
County: Branch
Phone: (517) 278-5628
Website: Capridrivein.com
Open Date: 8/21/64
Status: Opens Spring 2013
Car Capacity: 1,200
Screen Count: 2 -- Screen 1 Size: 115' x 60'
Owners: Tom & Sue Magocs
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Capri Drive-In

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Name: Cherry Bowl Drive-In
Address: 9812 Honor Hwy. Honor, MI 49640
County: Benzie
Phone: (231) 325-3413
Website: Cherrybowldrivein.com
Open Date: 7/4/53
Status: Opens Spring 2013
Car Capacity: 300
Screen Count: 1
Owners: L.O. & L.J. Griffin - T. Kenny - H.& L. Clark
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Cherry Bowl Drive-In

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Name: Ford Drive-In
Address: 10400 Ford Rd. Dearborn, MI 48126
County: Wayne
Phone: (313)846-6910
Website: Forddrivein.com
Open Date: 5/19/50
Status: Open in 2013
Car Capacity: 1,525
Screen Count: 5
Owners: Wayne Amusements/Ford Wyoming, Inc./Charles Shafer
Aka: Ford-Wyoming Drive-In
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Ford-Wyoming 1-5 Drive-In

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Name: Getty Drive-In
Address: 920 E. Summit Ave. Muskegon, MI 49444
County: Muskegon
Phone: (231) 798-2608
Website: Celebrationcinema.com/GettyDriveIn
Open Date: 6/3/49
Status: Open in April 2013
Car Capacity: 1,200
Screen Count: 4
Owners: Nick Kuris (1949-66) - Jack Loeks Theatres(1967-present)
Aka: N-K Drive-In - N-K South Drive-In - Getty 4 Drive-In
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Getty Drive-In

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Name: Hi-Way Drive-In
Address: 2778 E. Sanilac Rd. Carsonville, MI 48471
GPS: 43.423686,-82.720507
County: Sanilac
Phone: (810) 657-6684
Website: Thehiwaydrivein.com
Open Date: 1947?
Status: Open in 2013
Car Capacity: 400
Screen Count: 1
Owners: Thorchie Clement & Doug Davis - Hollis Drew (?-1969) Stanley Fetting (1969-01) M. Goyette & S. Kursinsky (2001-present)
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Hi-Way Drive-In

Michigan Drive-In Theaters - Michigandriveins.com
Name: Sunset Auto Theater
Aka: Sunset Drive-In
Address: 69017 Red Arrow Hwy. Hartford, MI 49057
GPS: 42.196752,-86.21483
County: Van Buren
Phone: (269)621-4194
Open Date: 1950
Status: Open in 2013
Car Capacity: 300
Screen Count: 1
Owners: Glenda and Neal Edwards
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Sunset Auto Theater

Michigan Drive-In Theaters - Michigandriveins.com
Name: US-23 Drive-In
Address: G-5200 Fenton Rd (Old US-23) Flint, MI 48507
County: Genesee
Phone: (810) 238-0751
Website: us23driveintheater.com
Open Date: 6/21/52
Status: Open in 2013
Car Capacity: 1,200
Screen Count: 3
Owners: Lou Warrington, The Theatre Group
Aka: US-23 Twin Drive-In - New US-23 Drive-In
Notes: 1997 Video
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US-23 Drive-In


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