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Michigan Drive-Ins, Drive-In Theaters


There was once over 130 Drive-In's in Michigan back in their heyday. The first Drive-In was the East-Side, which opened in 1938 in Harper Woods, only 4 years after Richard Hollingshead invented it. Many more were built in the ensuing years, particularly in the post-war years up thru the mid to late 70's. It was great to check out the movie listings in the paper and see as many drive-ins listed as indoor Theaters! The following is a somewhat accurate listing of how many there were by year.

1938
1
1948
12
1956
111
1959
127
1965
132
1968
131
1972
137
1977
126
1988
62
1990
29
1992
14
1996
11
1998-2001
10
2002
9
2003
10
2005
11
2007-2008
10
2009
9
2010-2020
8

As you can see, the 1980's were devastating for Drive-Ins. Rising property values and declining attendance made closing them and selling them off more attractive to the owners than keeping them open.

The list below represents all of the drive-ins which can be filtered by county and sorted by clicking the little arrows in the heading. Click on the name in the grid and it will take you to the detail page. Click here for a complete listing the Drive-Ins which remain open.

You can sort the grid by clicking on the header text. The numbers at the bottom of the grid allow you to jump to that page.
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NameCityCounty
 131 Outdoor Theatre PlainwellAllegan
 5 Mile Drive-In Theatre DowagiacCass
 55-Hi Drive-In Theatre Houghton LakeRoscommon
 Airport Drive-In Theatre NegauneeMarquette
 Albion Drive-In Theatre AlbionCalhoun
 Algiers Drive-In Theatre WestlandWayne
 Alpena Drive-In Theatre AlpenaAlpena
 Auto Theatre Battle CreekCalhoun
 Auto Theatre ConstantineSt. Joseph
 Auto Theatre SaginawSaginaw
 Auto Theatre St. JosephBerrien
 Auto Theatre MuskegonMuskegon
 B & D Drive-In Theatre Rapid RiverDelta
 Bay Drive-In Theatre PinconningBay
 Bel Air Drive-In Theatre SaginawSaginaw
 Bel Air Drive-In Theatre JacksonJackson
 Bel Air Drive-In Theatre DetroitWayne
 Bel Aire Twin Drive-In Theatre MonroeMonroe
 Beltline 3 Drive-In Theatre WyomingKent
 Big Rapids Drive-In Theatre Big RapidsMecosta
 Blue Sky Drive-In Theatre CasevilleHuron
 Blue Sky Drive-In Theatre PontiacOakland
 Burnside Drive-In Theatre BurnsideLapeer
 Cadillac Drive-In Theatre CadillacWexford
 Capri Drive-In Theatre ColdwaterBranch
 Caro Drive-In Theatre CaroTuscola
 Cascade Drive-In Theatre CascadeKent
 Cheboygan Drive-In Theatre CheboyganCheboygan
 Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre HonorBenzie
 Chippewa Drive-In Theatre ManisteeManistee
 Cinema 2 Drive-In Theatre ManistiqueSchoolcraft
 Coldwater Drive-In Theatre Coldwater TownshipBranch
 Commerce Drive-In Theatre CommerceOakland
 Crest Drive-In Theatre OkemosIngham
 Dearborn Drive-In Theatre DearbornWayne
 Denniston Drive-In Theatre MonroeMonroe
 Devil's Lake Drive-In Theatre Manitou BeachLenawee
 Diamond-T-Ranch Drive-In Theatre ClaytonLenawee
 Dixie Drive-In Theatre MonroeMonroe
 Dort-Eastside Drive-In Theatre FlintGenesee
 Douglas Auto Theatre KalamazooKalamazoo
 Douglas Drive-In Theatre DouglasAllegan
 Dove Drive-In Theatre Grand RapidsKent
 East Side Drive-In Theatre Harper WoodsWayne
 Ecorse Drive-In Theatre TaylorWayne
 Evergreen Drive-In Theatre IshpemingMarquette
 Family Drive-In Theatre St. JohnsClinton
 Ford Drive-In DearbornWayne
 Ford-Wyoming 6-9 Theatre DearbornWayne
 Fort George Drive-In Theatre SouthgateWayne
 Galaxy Drive-In Theatre Madison HeightsOakland
 Galaxy Drive-In Theatre MioOscoda
 Geneva Beach Drive-In Theatre GenevaLenawee
 Getty 4 Drive-In Theatre MuskegonMuskegon
 Gospel Film Drive-In Theatre BellevilleWayne
 Gospel Films Drive-In Theatre CathroAlpena
 Grand River Drive-In Theatre FarmingtonOakland
 Gratiot Drive-In Theatre RosevilleMacomb
 Greenville Drive-In Theatre GreenvilleMontcalm
 H & S Drive-In Theatre MarletteSanilac
 Hastings Drive-In Theatre HastingsBarry
 Hi-Vue Theatre DurandShiawassee
 Hi-Way Drive-In Theatre CarsonvilleSanilac
 Hiawatha Drive-In Theatre ChassellHoughton
 Hillsdale Drive-In Theatre HillsdaleHillsdale
 Hilltop Drive-In Theatre EscanabaDelta
 Hilltop Drive-In Theatre JacksonJackson
 Hilltop Drive-In Theatre PalmyraLenawee
 Holiday Drive-In Theatre TrentonWayne
 Ionia Drive-In Theatre IoniaIonia
 Ironwood Drive-In Theatre IronwoodGogebic
 Jackson Drive-In Theatre JacksonJackson
 Jolly Roger Drive-In Theatre TaylorWayne
 Ken's Diner Drive-In Theatre Birch RunGenesee
 Ken-Mar Drive-In Theatre EscanabaDelta
 Lakes Drive-In Theatre BrightonLivingston
 Lakes Drive-In Theatre Lake LindenHoughton
 Lakeshore Drive-In Theatre Fort GratiotSt. Clair
 Lansing Drive-In Theatre LansingIngham
 Lenawee Drive-In Theatre AdrianLenawee
 M-104 Drive-In Theatre Spring LakeOttawa
 M-37 Drive-In Theatre White CloudNewaygo
 M-53 Drive-In Theatre Bad AxeHuron
 M-60 Drive-In Theatre MendonSt. Joseph
 M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre LansingIngham
 Maple City Drive-In Theatre CharlotteEaton
 Marysville Drive-In Theatre MarysvilleSt. Clair
 Meredith Drive-In Theatre MeredithGladwin
 Michigan Drive-In Theatre SouthgateWayne
 Midway Auto Theatre GladwinGladwin
 Mikado Drive-In Theatre MikadoAlcona
 Miracle Mile Drive-In Theatre PontiacOakland
 Miracle Twin Drive-In Theatre BurtonGenesee
 Mt Clemens Drive-In Theatre Mount ClemensMacomb
 Night-Sky Drive-In Theatre BeulahBenzie
 Niles 31 Outdoor Theatre NilesBerrien
 North Drive-In Theatre MuskegonMuskegon
 North Flint Drive-In Theatre Mount MorrisGenesee
 Northland Drive-In Theatre PetoskeyEmmet
 Northland Drive-In Theatre ClareIsabella
 Northland Drive-In Theatre FlintGenesee
 Northside Drive-In Theatre LansingClinton
 Northwoods Drive-In Theatre PrudenvilleRoscommon
 Oak Drive-In Theatre Royal OakOakland
 Park-In Theatre MonroeMonroe
 Paul Bunyan Drive-In Theatre Hubbard LakeAlcona
 Pine Air Drive-In Theatre BaldwinLake
 Plainfield Drive-In Theatre Grand RapidsKent
 Pleasant Drive-In Theatre Mount PleasantIsabella
 Pontiac Drive-In Theatre PontiacOakland
 Portage Drive-In Theatre KalamazooKalamazoo
 Scio Drive-In Theatre Ann ArborWashtenaw
 Seaway Drive-In Theatre AlgonacSt. Clair
 Silver Drive-In Theatre FentonGenesee
 Silverdome Drive-In Theatre PontiacOakland
 Sky Drive-In Theatre AdrianLenawee
 Sky Top Drive-In Theatre St. LouisGratiot
 Sky-Hi Drive-In Theatre GaylordOtsego
 Skyline Auto Theatre MorenciLenawee
 Skyway Drive-In Theatre CorunnaShiawassee
 South Dort Drive-In Theatre FlintGenesee
 Spire Drive-In Theatre HaleIosco
 Stadium Drive-In Theatre Grand RapidsKent
 Stardust Drive-In Theatre Grand RapidsKent
 Starlight Drive-In Theatre SaugatuckAllegan
 Starlite Drive-In Theatre Sault Sainte MarieChippewa
 Starlite Drive-In Theatre LudingtonMason
 Starlite Drive-In Theatre LansingEaton
 Starlite Drive-In Theatre AddisonLenawee
 Starlite Drive-In Theatre Benton HarborBerrien
 Starlite Drive-In Theatre Bay CityBay
 Sturgis Drive-In Theatre SturgisSt. Joseph
 Summer Drive-In at USA Hockey Arena PlymouthWayne
 Sundown Drive-In Theatre RosebushIsabella
 Sundowner Drive-In Theatre Traverse CityGrand Traverse
 Sunset Auto Theatre HartfordVan Buren
 Sunset Drive-In Theatre LapeerLapeer
 Sunset Drive-In Theatre MidlandMidland
 Superior Drive-In Theatre MunisingAlger
 Tawas Drive-In Theatre East TawasIosco
 Thunder Bay Drive-In Theatre AlpenaAlpena
 Town Drive-In Theatre RedfordWayne
 Traverse Drive-In Theatre Traverse CityGrand Traverse
 Tri-City Drive-In Theatre QuinnessecDickinson
 Troy Drive-In Theatre TroyOakland
 Tuscola Drive-In Theatre Bay CityBay
 Twilite Drive-In Theatre SaginawSaginaw
 University Drive-In Theatre Ann ArborWashtenaw
 US-23 Drive-In Theater FlintGenesee
 Van Dyke Drive-In Theatre WarrenMacomb
 Vista Drive-In Theatre WalkerKent
 Walake Drive-In Theatre Walled LakeOakland
 Walled Lake Drive-In Theatre Walled LakeOakland
 Waterford Drive-In Theatre WaterfordOakland
 Wayne Drive-In Theatre WayneWayne
 West Point Drive-In Theatre Battle CreekCalhoun
 West Side Drive-In Theatre FlintGenesee
 West Side Drive-In Theatre Oak ParkOakland
 Willow Drive-In Theatre BellevilleWayne
 Woodland Drive-In Theatre KentwoodKent
 Ypsi-Ann Drive-In Theatre Ann ArborWashtenaw
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