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3/8/2019 - Northern Michigan Dragway - Bear Lake - BRIAN L LEDFORD
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Brian Ledford 231.

218. 2657 7/30/2018 Kaleva- The 21st Annual MOPARS AGAINST THE WORLD event took place this past weekend at Northern Michigan Dragway. Racers were again out in record numbers, taking in the facility's multitude of improvements. They were treated to action-packed races along with a fantastic fireworks show.

The total number of Day 2 entries grew from 374 entries last season, to a new record 423 entries. Spectator numbers (just over 3,000) were down just slightly, due to some rainy weather Thursday and Friday evenings, and temperatures fell to low 50's on the third night. The forced postponements created an arduous 18-hour race day Saturday. Racing action was heated, nonetheless, in ideal conditions for race machines.

In head-to-head match-ups, the Mopar racers took the final score advantage 221-198, to claim their fourth straight championship. Last year's score was 174-164. The top money winner was Maverick Green, 18, of Grand Haven, riding a 2004 Suzuki Hayabusa dragbike. His efforts netted him the $10,000 Bracket II final round win.

Green became the youngest to ever win the main event, and also became the first racer to do so on a motorcycle. Runner up, Manton racer Matt Letts finished with over $5,000 in winnings for the weekend with the Letts Express race team, moving from 19th in the TNT points series, up to 8th position. Billy Meier of Mattawan was awarded $1,000 for his 8th-round semi-final finish in a Dodge Dart. Scott Hoernlein of Freeland won the $6,000 Bracket I final over White Cloud racer Kelly Smith, who brought in over $3,000 for his efforts with his dragster.

$2,000 winners included Robby Girven of Brethren, Friday race winner in Bracket I. Maple City racer, Phil Anderson also grabbed a $2,000 win Friday, taking the Bracket II win and also jumping into the class points lead. Eric Johnson of Onekama and Sean Nagy of Houghton Lake each took a class win in Top Doorslammer Friday and Saturday, respectively. Stan Jones, Jr.

of Freeland and Joe Whitaker of Ithaca topped the 9-round Pro Trophy races. Street Trophy wins went to Pepe Hoose of Saginaw and Benzonia's Scott Swander. The next races on the NMD schedule will be the August 10th and 11th weekend featuring a make-up event for TNT Points Event #10, and the Cory Gunther Memorial Race. Ford racers will soon get their turn to take on all others, as the 6th annual Blue Oval Battle takes place August 23-25.

Points standings and further information is available at NMD's website www. NorthernMichiganDragway. net and on the social media page.
3/8/2019 - Pontiac Drive-In Theatre - Pontiac - Mike Detmer
My wife found this page and just forwarded to me.

I worked in the concession stand of the Miracle Mile drive-in after high school in 1971. I believe it was 1972 when I became the manager at the Pontiac drive-in. The movie Billy Jack was the biggest draw during my time as manager there. It sold out on the weekend.

After a couple of years I transferred to the Showcase Cinema which used to be on the corner of Telegraph and Square Lake road. I managed that theater until going to college in 76. I think the biggest draw during my time there was the Sting with Robert Redford and Paul Newman. The Frisbees took over the Pontiac when I left.

Also, my mother managed the Waterford drive-in for a while in the early 70's. Enjoyed looking at all the old pictures - brought back many good memories..
3/8/2019 - Majestic Theatre - Monroe - B Custer
This theater was just demolished last week February 25, 2019, a hole where the foundation was is the only thing that remains and will be filled in shortly.
3/8/2019 - Caruso Theatre - Dowagiac - Elizabeth Caruso
My father built this theatre in 1946.

It was an empty lot. About a year later it had a major fire. It was determined to be arson. There were already two movie theaters across the street.

-The Century and the Chief. Initially the fire chief thought my father might be responsible for insurance purposes until they realized he barely had it insured. After all, it was brand new and state of the art everything. I still have the grand opening newspaper brochure.

My father always felt he knew who did it and why. When the locals started going to South Bend and Benton Harbor, he decided to sell it in 1963, when I was in the 9th grade. Then in 1977, it caught on fire again -far worse than in 1947 or '48. It held a definite important part of Dowagiac history.

3/8/2019 - Deer Acres - Pinconning - Erik Callaway
Hello The park has been closed for several years now, it is still listed as open. Hope all is well, I love this sight and still visit, even after leaving Michigan. Regards, Erik Callaway.
2/19/2019 - Iris Theatre - Detroit - steven seiler
In my book The Rise of Faygo 1907-1987 you will find the founding Brothers of the Faygo company owned the Iris Theatre at one time The Feigenson family also owned the Oliver Theatre.
2/17/2019 - Northland Theatre - Southfield - yvonne borg
I am wondering if Eugene Grew has any old photos of the employees in front of the candy counter from the dates 1971-1972 or 73? My sister and I both worked there during the time Fiddle on the Roof was playing. I would appreciate if anyone has any of these old photos? This was a wonderful and beautiful movie theater and we really enjoyed working there as teenagers. Thank you.
2/6/2019 - Oak Drive-In Theatre - Royal Oak - Keith
When did the drive-in close and when was the demolition?.
2/6/2019 - Warren Theatre - Detroit - gary smith
I lived on Rutland between Diversy &Tireman.

We spent many Saturdays and Sundays afternoons watching movies at the Warren Theater. Saw the Fantastic Voyage, Blue Max andmany greatmovies there. The owling alley next door was having the roof re-done and the hot tar caught fire and burned both buildings down. One of our neighbors was a fireman and worked to put out the fire, to no avail.

Such a shame that it was never re-built. Many funtimes there..
1/29/2019 - Mt. Clemens Race Track - Mount Clemens - Kelly Dietrick
I know this is a long shot but you never know. In 1968 a Salmon colored 1950 Jaguar XK120 was owned by a lady racer in the Detroit area. Legend has it she raced at the Daytona Speed Trials but this has not been confirmed. She sold the car to Alan G.

Boring, at that time President of The Jaguar Affiliates Group Michigan. Does anyone remember a Salmon colored Jaguar XK120 in the area between 1950 and 1968? Any information or clues or direction to explore next would be most helpful. Also if you are ever in Philadelphia stop in to see the Simeone Automotive Foundation Museum. Just ten minutes from the international airport so you can visit on a layover.

Thanks for any help you may be able to give. Kelly Dietrick..
1/29/2019 - Broadway Theatre - Detroit - Ron Oleksiak
Changed name to the Broadway Capitol in the 1950's and maintained a solid venue of Sci-Fi Horror Movies through the 60's. They even had a Premier showing of the TINGLER, where some of the seats were rigged with motors to create a vibrating sensation.
1/29/2019 - Detroit Dragway - Brownstown Twp - Steve Higgins




1/29/2019 - Train's Opera House - Lowell - Seth H
I don't know anything about this opera house or Lowell, MI but I get curious and tried to find the building on the postcard.

This is it as 198 Fulton St. The façade has been updated, but the quantity of windows is correct and it even has the one narrow window at the 4th from the right. Follow that window down and you can see the same columns at the sidewalk level. You don't need to post any of this at the site, I just wanted to let you know it was still there and give you the address.

I'll email the google street view image I used to find this opera house. Thanks, Seth..
1/17/2019 - Maple Hill Cinema - Kalamazoo - Susan
This is a long shot since I’m just coming a across this post.

My father was the manager of the theater for years in the 70’s. I was just a kid & those are the best memories! I remember sneaking into R rated movies & getting spanked for doing so! (I was in grade school ??) Streaking was popular & occasionally they’d run through the theater. Escape to Witch Mountain was shown there & the theater gave away a motor home. Man all the candy & popcorn I wanted & Star Wars constantly! If anyone has any pictures or anything about the theater I’d love to see them! I have a few but not as many as I wish.

1/17/2019 - Motor City Dragway - New Baltimore - Chuck Marlin
Thanks for keeping this website up and running first of all.

Comments awhile ago talked about historical significance. Long road to hoe, but I'll volunteer time and resources if there is a path. I would appreciate a tour of the old property, and maybe and event and some food and beverages just to invite anyone who may be interested in gathering in 2019 to reminisce. If anyone has the horsepower to make this happen, pun intended, please reach out to me.

We could all sign releases just like we did as drivers to be on the property. I'm also interested in gathering pics/videos of the 65 and 66 season. I'm attempting to recreate diecast cars of the Warren Bros GTO's, Wally Booths Trumbull Chevrolet, Screamin Dago Mustang, HoleShot 6 Anglia,. there are already diecast replica's of the Royal Pontiac cars.

If you have any pics please reach out to me. I don't even recall the big MoPar guys, but I'd love to have them. Guidelines say I can post my email so contact me at chuck. com. I'd also like to toss out an idea. How about a gathering at the Woodward Cruise for any Motor City racers, mechanics, sponsors, fans. ? We might be able to piggy back one of the radio station events if we get a start on this now, maybe even pick up a sponsor.

In the alternative the Harper Cruise which is more manageable. I would be delighted to host it as I have a large office and parking lot at 91/2 and Harper. It's a dying era that I would like to say goodbye to in a fashion deserving of it's time and all who contributed to it. Just a few thoughts to provoke some thoughts and memories.

1/17/2019 - Abbey Theatres 8 - Madison Heights - Chris Williams
I worked here during my senior year of high school (1997), probably from about January through August of that year.

I was a concession worker. I hated the job, but then again, I was a teenager and probably hated every job I had. I miss the old Abbey now. We never got anything as big as the Star Theaters did (which is, ironically, now an AMC), but we did better than the Oakland Mall one.

Things would play for months. I remember Aretha Franklin coming in one night to see The Preacher's Wife. I went on to a part-time career as a film critic, and so it was a great pleasure to serve popcorn to Susan Stark (who used to be a Detroit News critic). I feel a lot of nostalgia for the Abbey.

The theaters were clean. The popcorn was good. I remember seeing the giant rolls of film (now everything everywhere is digital).
1/5/2019 - Movies at Oakland Mall - Troy - Devon J Lott
This Movies Was a United Artists Theatre. One of the first that was not in a Taubman mall. I seen Rush Hour and The House on Haunted Hill (Remake) Before it permanently closed.
1/5/2019 - Starlite Drive-In Theatre - Ludington - Roger Dereske
I worked for Glenn Wallace there in the early 70's in the ticket office, one of 3 jobs l had whole attending College. My wife worked in the concession stand as a second job. One summer, l hung off a rope pulley to paint the name on the back of the screen.
12/27/2018 - Camelot 1-2-3 - Dearborn - Ron
I was an usher at the Camelot during Walt’s time.

1,000 seat ( approx ) auditorium. Best job I’ve ever had. Working with Walt, Rick, Tom, Gary etc. Fascinating theatre.

It had a crows nest to watch the parking lot. Upstairs/ Basement storage rooms. Our usher group found a way to walk above the ceiling on a catwalk all the way out to the front roof & inside the lit marque. Ushers room parties in back.

so much fun !..
12/27/2018 - Grayling Opera House - Grayling - Seth H
The Grayling Opera House burned down prior to 1930.

A quote from the July 5, 2012 Houghton Lake Resorter regarding the Rialto Theatre in Grayling. George Stancil said he has worked at the Rialto since the age of seven and is currently the manager at the theatre, which he said was the first of many built in Northern Michigan by his grandfather George Olson and his brother and partner W. James Olson. The theatre was housed in the Grayling Opera House in 1915, and the current theatre building was constructed in 1930 after the Opera House burned down.

12/24/2018 - Cherry Speedway - Fife Lake - Seth H
The address is 8649 M-113, Fife Lake, MI 49633.
12/20/2018 - Mt. Clemens Race Track - Mount Clemens - Tom Urban
Come join us at the Mount Clemens Race Track Get Together.

Jan. 26th at Kart2Kart in Sterling Heights. They are located on Van Dyke Ave. just south of 19 mile road.

Registration to race the karts starts at 5:30p. m. Racing to start at 6:00p. No charge to watch the karts and videos. Show up any time after 6 p. m. if you`re not racing.

No food will be served. Hope to see you all there..
12/20/2018 - Temple Theater - Grayling - Seth H
From the Crawford County Historical Society website.

The IOOF Temple Theater was built and dedicated 3 pm Dec. 17, 1908. Fay Bovee remembers the stage and curtains. In later years one photo labels it as a roller rink.

It was next a 4 lane bowling alley and then Jansen's Plumbing and Heating. It is located on the I-75 business loop at the corner of Ottawa St. The building is still there today. The address is 109 Ottawa St.

12/20/2018 - Mottville Speedway - Mottville - Tom Jones
Does any remember late 50' a coupe named Linda and Judy Special??? It was blue, clean and a silver flathead motor.
12/20/2018 - Sugar Island Park - Sugar Island - Joseph Rocheleau
I am trying to contact Martin Cote.

I have some family history he might be interested in. Martin's dad Elmer Cote married my dad's sister. (Rocheleau). I would like to give them some pic's and info.

I have done search's but could not find anything. Thank you Joseph Rocheleau..
12/6/2018 - Auto World - Flint - Roy J. Criss
It was my opportunity to have been employed as AutoWorld Construction Manager, heading up the theme park construction. This role took me 21 times to the Los Angeles area as I coordinated the project professionals. I take my hat off to the entire project team of public and private individuals and organizations, who attempted to create an exciting attraction, especially at a time when local unemployment was around 21%. Lots of great memories.
12/6/2018 - Warren Theatre - Detroit - Rick Andrews
Spent many Saturdays watching Godzilla and Gamra and all the other Japaneese monster movies.

Lived on the corner of Memorial&Diversey. The Warren Show and the Parkland Bowl were a couple of great places to have fun back then. There were so many kids living on Memorial&Clayburn and in that neighborhood. Remember Wayside Hamburgers on the corner of Clayburn&Warren Ave? Then it became a barber shop.

Will never forget all the business's on Warren, walked past them everyday. RICK ANDREWS..
11/19/2018 - Cinema 2 Drive-In Theatre - Manistique - Edie Erickson
The US-2/Cinema 2 Drive-in was recently taken off the market in the hopes that a fundraising effort can save it from being destroyed.

It is being run as a community-run/owned drive-in, and is organized and managed by the non-profit UP Film Union. All movies are second-run and are free to the public thanks to nightly sponsors from the community. More information can be found on the Upper Peninsula Film Union facebook page. It is now being called the Highway 2 Drive-In.

11/19/2018 - Maxine Theatre - Croswell - Bret Steven Whitmore
Croswell's zip code is 48422.

I lived in town from my infancy until the folks moved to a new-built home on land my grandparent's gave them south of Lexington. I saw my first-ever movie in a theater there, Mary Poppins, when it was then in 'first run' theaters. That had to be very shortly before the place closed. I also recall the folks taking me for one or two more movies, mostly WW II flicks with themes considered a little too grown-up for a 4-year-old, and when somebody'd get killed or whatever, my Dad who sat on one side of me and my mother on the other, would both cover my eyes, thinking that kept me from seeing.

I spent a whole lot of those movies enduring that 'parental censorship'. But war flicks of every kind remain my favorite to this very day. That's probably what also led to a career in the military from '81-'96. Fond memories of that place, but I recall being really disappointed when it became an auto parts store, because that meant I'd no longer be able to get popcorn there!.

11/4/2018 - Northland Drive-In Theatre - Petoskey - AndreP
I saw many films here in the early 80s. I'll never forget Star Trek II. The outer space scenes against the back drop of the clear night sky were amazing: like the boarder between the film and the sky didn't exist. I was so sad when it closed.

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