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5/16/2017 - Flat Rock Speedway - Flat Rock - Greg Adanti
Hey Tom glad you enjoyed reading about my uncle. They had a race called the Australian pusuit race that was fantastic I heard some tracks still have it. But they would line orange cones around the track and if the racer was passed on the track he was out of the race and they would race to the last car was left racing. Anybody remember the flag man Clem Van Rossen or John Toth driving TV4.
5/16/2017 - Dorr Raceway - Dorr - Loren
Looking for information on location of this track(or any defunct track in MI). Please email me at hauptmann6@gmail. com.
5/16/2017 - Ford Drive-In - Dearborn - Vince Speelman
I'm happy to report that as of 5/2017, Ford drive-in is still alive and kicking, running double features every night. They just completed an overhaul for the concessions stand and upgraded counters, equipment, lighting, etc.
5/10/2017 - Lancaster Theatre - Detroit - Kevin Seavitt
The Lancaster Theatre was owned by Grandfather a man by the name of Thomas Lancaster. He also owned a number of other theaters the Vest Pocket theater and maybe a few others. He retired at 40 a millionaire to a big mansion on Grosse Ille. He was my grandmother's second husband and they married later in their 50s.
5/10/2017 - Hollywood Theatre - Petoskey - George Colburn
Documentary filmmaker George Colburn is moving this week into the Hollywood Arcade in the Gaslight District of downtown Petoskey, MI (known as the Hollywood Theatre until 1973, the year Colburn built a vacation home nearby).

He is now a fulltime resident of the area, producing his films locally with the help of local talent. He is the only filmmaker with space in the former movie house. An Open House is scheduled for Thursday, May 11, 2017, from 4 to 6 p. Colburn's films since 1981 include 11 nationally distributed documentaries on the military and political careers of Dwight D. Eisenhower. A new special, IKE: The Making of An American Hero, 1941 - 1945, is in production and is scheduled for release on the 75th anniversary of D-Day. He is currently finishing post-production on Young Hemingway & His Enduring Eden, a two-hour special that will have its American premiere on July 21, 2017, Hemingway's birthday, in the Perry Hotel.

The premiere will be preceded by the dedication of a young Hemingway statue in downtown Pennsylvania Park. His one-hour special on the return of six Navajo Code Talkers to the battlefields of the Pacific in 2005 - 2006 will begin public screenings nationwide in November of 2017..
5/8/2017 - Nicks 41 Speedway - Ishpeming - Stephan Valenti
I am the son of nick the owner of nicks 41 track I would like to see some pictures from back when it was open if anyone has any pictures just contact me on my email.
5/1/2017 - Stardust Drive-In Theatre - Grand Rapids - Don Wenger
I grew up about 1/8 mile away from the Stardust.

I was told my uncle was a manager at one time. He left when the x-rated started. My father took Mom, sis, and I there to see a movie called blood feast. We were way too young and had to COVER YOUR EYES! many times during that show.

The story line involved a caterer that served wonderful meats until it was discovered the meat was human! In the end chase he jumped into the back of a garbage truck to escape but the truck went into squish mode. The End. About 2015 I found that movie on disc and sent it to my parents in Florida. What a hoot.

As I recall that yellow pole was erected at an angle away from the back of the screen because the screen was close to falling forward. A cable was supposed to go from the corners of the screen to that big knob on top of the pole. The stardust closed and the cable never was put up. The screen fell and the property was used for the Kent County Expo fair in the early '70's.

That's about all I heard or knew of the Stardust..
5/1/2017 - Tri-City Dragway - Saginaw - Blake Russell
Does anyone have any pictures or film of a 1934 ford roadster lettered Ed carpenter dodge? Please reach out to me if you do, this was my grandpas car and I would love to find pictures of it. Any 1934 ford roadster with a 426 wedge or 426 hemi I would want to see Thanks.
5/1/2017 - Motor City Dragway - New Baltimore - Blake Russell
Hi I am looking for pictures of my grandpa's roadster He ran it in the area from the late 50's until 1967.

He was transferred to Indiana from ford in the fall of 67. It's a 1934 ford roadster, he ran a 426 wedge and then a 426 hemi. We still have the car, it is now a hotrod with the 426 hemi, but we don't have my grandpa. He passed away when I was 11.

I am now building my own 34 ford with a blown 392 hemi and I am 23. If anyone has any pictures of a 34 ford roadster please send them to me it would be the coolest thing to find a picture of my grandpa at the track!! The car was lettered Ed carpenter dodge in the later years. Thank you!.
5/1/2017 - Flint Park - Flint - Troy Winter
I'm a little confused.

Is this the park on the north end. We always called this park Forest Park. It didn't have rides as I remember but it did have live animals. They were gone by the 60's and 70's when my grandma and granpa took me there but the cages were still there.

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5/1/2017 - Air Park Speedway - Douglas - Rod Mellon
My Uncle Mike Mankin from Allegan raced a blue #51 there. He probably raced stock on a shoestring budget. My parents took a photo of me standing on his seat wearing his white helmet, looking out the window holding the steering wheel. I was hooked on racing at 3 yrs old.
5/1/2017 - EMagine Woodhaven - Woodhaven - jt
According to an article in the News-herald, this theatre is now under the ownership of amc theaters.
5/1/2017 - Atlas Theatre - Detroit - Stephen Oleszkowicz
I believe that it was some of my family who owned this theater.

My great-grandfather is Stanley, my grandfather was Stephen Stanley, my dad was Dennis Stephen and I am Stephen Gordon Oleszkowicz. All of us were born in Detroit. An uncle once mentioned to me that the family used to own a theater in Detroit, but nothing more was mentioned to me about it. This leads me to believe a great (or great-great)-uncle my have inherited it.

I will have to dig into this with my family some more..
5/1/2017 - Edgewater Park - Detroit - mark smith
My brothers and I delivered newspapers for the Farmington Observer and they held an appreciation day for the delivery personnel every year at Edgewater. This was in the late 70's and the park was nearing the end of it's run. I suspect my parents would not have taken us to Edgewater, but since we earned the privilege with our own hard work delivering papers in the snow, deep snow, and cold, they couldn't reasonably say no. It was fun.
5/1/2017 - Beacon East Cinemas - Harper Woods - Dan Wieczorek
The beacon east was my favorite theatre.

I did some part time management there shortly after it opened. It was a plush beautiful theatre with the most elegant chandelier in the lobby. It was a 2 screen theatre at that time with a private viewing room over the main room. I remember when the governor of Michigan visited and proclaimed that it was the most beautiful theatre in Michigan.

Working in this and other theatres was the best time of my life..
4/14/2017 - Hampton 4 Theatres - Rochester Hills - Dan Wieczorek
I was the projectionist when Vicant ( Bob Vickery and Gabe Anton ) acquired the 3 screen theatre around 74 or 75.

We used 1 reel to reel xenon bulb system in the main theatre and 2 platter systems with xenon bulbs in the smaller 2 rooms. I remember the private screening room well. My girlfriend and I used to make out in there when she would visit me at work. It was a great experience ( being the projectionist ) one I'll never forget.

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4/14/2017 - Shelby Theatre - Shelby Township - Daniel Wieczorek
I was the manager/projectionist 76-77.

It was a great theatre to work at and for R&R theatre company. I had a great crew and it was a terrific job for a single 21 year old male. It was business all evening then drinking and dancing the rest of the night. I hope all that were there at that time are doing well.

That was a wonderful experience..
4/14/2017 - Movies at North Kent - Grand Rapids - Andy K
This theater did not open in 1981, and it didn't open as a twelve-screen theater. It opened in 1975 or 1976, with three screens, just like The Movies at Woodland.
4/14/2017 - Manchester Speedway - Manchester - Matt
I have recently discovered this page about the old Manchester Speedway and was wondering if anyone can give me some more information about the location of the old speedway because i would like to go check it out sometime. I know that their is now a house on the land where the old speedway is and was wondering if anyone knew who owns the lot because i would like to get permsison from the lot owner to be able to go check out the old track. So if anyone can help me out i would appreciate it.
4/5/2017 - Center Raceway - Grawn - John Williams
My father raced at Center Raceway back in the early 70's I was about 7 or 8 and looked forward too the races every week. From He and several others including Vic Lonn were from Thompsonville. My Dad didn't do to well, he did get a trophy for going of the end and rolling over. The smell of OFF still makes me think of the old tack we were pretty upset when they closed it down.
3/26/2017 - Warren Theatre - Detroit - Edward John
That is why the theater closed. It had to be 1968 because Rosemarys Baby was displayed on the marqee. Because the theater was built during WW2, they used inferior material, such as wood. The city evenually condemned it and it was razed.
3/26/2017 - Riverside Park - Saginaw - Quinn D. Hickey II
Hello! My grandfather was Arthur Hickey owner of Hickey Oldsmobile in saginaw mi- his father- my great grandfather was the owner of Riverside park.

My uncle Art Hickey Jr. was the last person in our family to own it. My grand father built a house out there and I'm not sure what has become of it- I spent many days out there as a kid playing around and explorering. As I got older I mowed there for me uncle and always found coins and tokens in the dirt.

I've got lots of original pictures of the grounds back when the canoe club was still open. We also have in our family the original glass French doors that were inside the club- lots of awesome stuff. I'm proud to say it was my grandparents who created so much enjoyment for many generations. I currently am the owner of DJ'S Detailing in saginaw at 7711 Gratiot rd.

Stop in anytime if you ever want to talk about the park or could give me a history lesson! I'm young- only 27 so I don't know much about it other than what I've been told throughout my life..
3/20/2017 - Grand Rapids Speedrome - Grand Rapids - Patsy Ghysels
comment 5/29/13 Linda on Water Winter Wonderland.

Hi, Patsy Ghysels here, Linda came to my house about 4 years ago and showed me those pictures. I need to get ahold of her. There will be a presentation at the Grand Grapids Public Museum in the Fall of 2017. Please let me know, as I believe you can extract an email from the post by viewing the html files.

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3/16/2017 - Tower Theatre - Detroit - Barbara "Farrell" Karamon
I remember dearly walking to the Tower Theatre, Saturday mornings, from my home on Violetlawn and Griggs.

Part of the walk from home, we did on the RR tracks (and if my mother would have known, she would have killed us). I believe, during the late forties, kids could get in for twelve cents Because I came from a large family Mom never had enough extra money for popcorn. Bummer. We played sidewalk tag on the way up.

And we loved to go past Borin Bros. Ice Co. , on Fullerton. For whatever reason, during the ice producing, a cool mist of water would come off the roof and it was great on a summer day to get 'misted'.

In this day of high-tech and watching movies on our iPhones, could life ever have been so simple and beautiful. Miss a lot of the simplicity..
3/16/2017 - Tri-City Dragway - Saginaw - Carl Glazier
Does anyone know Carl Healy he raced a 1966 chevelle called Executor with a chevy logo in the background and the car was Aztec bronze if so email me at blurdvision161@gmail. com.
3/5/2017 - Birchwood Cinemas - Fort Gratiot - Cameron Kanachki
This theater is now owned by AMC. AMC recently bought Carmike Cinemas, the previous owner of Birchwood Cinemas.
2/27/2017 - Bel Air Drive-In Theatre - Detroit - Gary Mann
We also had a Bel-Air Drive in Theater in Indy on the south west side ,Went there alot ac a child and as a young adult great memories but can't give that much for the speaker.
2/27/2017 - Warren Theatre - Detroit - Michael McSweeney
The theater closed later than what you think.

My mother and I would go once a month to a movie. And I know that during a viewing of Phsyco which had a release date of 64or maybe 65. While watching the movie a portion of the ceiling broke free which coincided with the scariest part of the film. Barely missing me my mom was hit on the head and shoulder.

It wasn't long after that the theater closed. I believe it opened for a while showing movies at a discount for a time. I hope this has helped.
2/27/2017 - M-104 Drive-In Theatre - Spring Lake - Tom Groenevelt
The picture of the M104 drive in is wrong?? The second screen was positioned opposite the main screen to the south.

The main screen was parallel to M104 facing south. The second screen was to the south of the big one facing nort. This picture shows the little screen next to the big one along M104. This is not the M104 Drive In.

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2/27/2017 - Commerce Drive-In Theatre - Commerce - Joe
Has anyone looked into the possibility of getting a team together to refurbish this sign?.

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