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4/14/2018 - Casino Theatre - Detroit - The Keystone Kid
The Casino was run buy a guy we called Johnny Tatoo.

I think his dad owned the Romona. The time frame was the early 1950’s. Price to get in was. 09 cents.

15 cents for Adults. That was for two feature movies, two cartoon’s and a news reel. My mom didn’t get to go to the movies much, but she got most of her good china there. Frankinstine, the Werewolf, the Mummy played by Tom Tyler his real name was Vincent Markowski he was also Captain Marvel in the comics, and a cowboy He Lived with his sister on Monart street until he passed around 1954.

Casino sold Gold Chip’s but they were better hot right off the line in the factory on Coanut in 1951. The neighbor hood was once a great place to live full of hard working Polish and Italian people. Now most of it has been burned to the ground. Sad.

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4/9/2018 - Capitol Theatre - Flint - Alan DeVoe
The theatre has recently been restored and opened. The historic downtown site underwent a $37 million restoration to bring the 90-year-old facility in Flint back to working order and was shown off through an opening ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 7.
4/9/2018 - Lincoln Park 8 - Lincoln Park - Charlie
As of a month or so ago, the entire shopping mall has been torn down, except for the Sears store. No word as to what will be done with the property.
3/21/2018 - M-59 Speedway - Pontiac - Barb Allison
I grew up in White Lake but don't remember ever attending any races here.

I just stumbled across this site and am interested in everyone's comments as I have been trying to find out more information for the historical records of White Lake Twp. If you would like to share any stories or photos for our archives, you can send to whitelakehistoricalsociety@gmail. com. If you would like to donate any items, you may mail to White Lake Historical Society, 7525 Highland Road, White Lake, MI 48383.

We have an annual festival in September and it would be fun to have a display. Loaned items would be appreciated as well. If I can gather enough, I could set up a display in 2018 - or 2019 if that's what it takes!.
3/21/2018 - Devil's Lake Amusement Park - Manitou Beach - Jonathan Nissen
I've been going up to Devils Lake most of my life and now have a place up there.

Several people said they were writing books? I would love to buy them. I sell Real Estate and am a history buff for the area. Please let me know where I can Buy them! JDNissen@cs. com Thanks, Jon.

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3/21/2018 - Traverse Drive-In Theatre - Traverse City - Jason
This drive in burned down in 1981, I learned this from a lady that worked for Acme township and i have pics to prove it burned down that she sent me.
3/9/2018 - Odeon Theatre - Lansing - Antonio F
This building has not been demolished. The picture of the moto photo is facing the opposite side of driveway. Which is now a fast food restaurant. The Odeon Theater was actually in the building on next to the borics.
3/9/2018 - Wenonah Park - Bay City - Erv Hutter
Wenonah Park and Wenona Beach are two separate and distinct locations. Wenona Beach was the Amusement Park located on the shores of the Saginaw Bay at the north end of Patterson Road on the west side of the Saginaw River it closed in 1964. Wenonah Park is a public park on the east riverfront of the Saginaw River in downtown Bay City. The Wenonah Hotel (1908-1977) sat just east of the park until it burned down in 1977.
3/9/2018 - West Side Drive-In Theatre - Flint - Brad Norman
Watched many movies here as a kid with both my parents and with my older brother, until I was old enough to drive - then went on dates here throughout my early high school years.

It should be noted that during most of its operation (if not all), Linden Rd. ended at Corunna Rd. (coming from the north) and did not go through to Lennon Rd. All that was there was an open field, until construction started in 1972 to push Linden Rd.

through to Lennon Rd. Sad to think that out of the 7 or 8 drive-ins I remember as a kid, only one exists - the US-23 Drive-in on Fenton Rd..
3/9/2018 - Sunset Speedway - Port Huron - Marlin Lambert
I helped in the pits with Bernie Martin, car# 72, remember these names well, Aahh For the good old days. Also did a few days at Jeddo, selling popcorn in the stands, for admission.
3/9/2018 - Rendezvous Bowl - Sister Lakes - erik
I live in the Wildwood subdivision and just wanted to say that the trails through the Forrest are still there, and not paved over. Also the track is still behind The Lions Club off of 95th Street where it has always been although it is in sad shape. Maybe someday someone will fix it up.
3/9/2018 - Sunset Speedway - Port Huron - karen hinkle
i have a Facebook page up if you would like to post pictures and comments thanks come check it out Sunset Speedway.
3/9/2018 - Eaton Theatre - Charlotte - Leann Owen
The Eaton Theatre opened January 7, 1931.

“ Whoopee” staring Eddie Cantor was the first movie shown there. Our website is “eatontheatres. info”. It was twinned around 1986 when Rick Dedolph bought it from the Beechler family.

It is currently owned by his daughter. I have been the manager for approximately 17 years. I have a copy of the newspaper from opening night hanging in our lobby. I do not recall that it ever closed.

I did hear I may have briefly in 1960. This is something I’d have to research more. I don’t know if that was just a possibility that was mentioned in an article or if it happened. It has had many improvements and is still being updated currently.

We are now upgraded to digital projectors. :)..
2/22/2018 - Devil's Lake Amusement Park - Manitou Beach - Nina A Long
I was born at Addison Hospital in 1947 but we lived in Manitau Beach on the bouvalard.

At the end of the street was a one room school house I attended there for first grade and also went to kindergarden in Addison my teachers name was Mrs. Miller. I remember going down and riding the Merry Go Round. My dad was the station agent at the depot in Manatau his name was Millard Long.

We moved from there before I entered 2nd grade because my dad was transferred for his job. There was an ice cream store also at the end of a street downtown that I remember my grandfather taking me too. I remember Linttons gas station that was across from the depot. They lived in back of the gas station and they were originally from Kentucky.

We lived next to Harold Chase and his wife. They grew berries in their back yard and a little friend and I Bruce Talmadge use to go over and pick and eat them. She use to come out her back door with a broom to chase us away. Thanks for letting me reminess.

You are welcome to correct all my spelling errors..
2/22/2018 - Grand Theatre - Grandville - Sharon Sturgess Klynstra
I am the owners daughter of Howard William Sturgess.

My Grandfather William Sturgess built the Grand, I think around 1945 or 46 sometime around there. He also owned a theater in Canada and Detroit at one time. The record shop is the old Grand Theater building. The Grandvilla restaurant used to be called Crackles Grill and had a big chicken in front when I was a kid.

It was owned by Gus and Vanita Langerman who were friends with my parents. The parking lot in between was parking for the theater and the restaurant. I don't know what else is in there but you can see it is very long. I see there is a receiving dock on the back part.

I remember John very well back then he was Jack. I hope this clears things up about my family's theater. What a great way to grow up. It was truly a family thing.

We all worked there. Fun..
2/15/2018 - Warren Theatre - Detroit - Edward Adler
I lived on Joy Road in the Herman Gardens when I was kid starting at seven years old.

The Warren Theater was my theater to go to escape the war that was raging at the time. I remember the lines that would snake down the street to see 'Back to Bataan' and other great war movies of the day. In bad weather, the theater would have the lines of people wait inside in huge crowds. I remember all the Gene Autry movies and dreamed of going out west to a magical ranch.

I would walk from Joy Road to the theater, pay 15 cents on Saturdays or Sundays at 12 noon and see a double feature, newsreels (of the war), cartoons (sometimes more than one), previews of coming attractions and a 20 minutes short. When I walked out it was night time and I used to wonder what happened to the day? Had I been there that long? It was a wonderful place for kids and an important place for the neighborhood during those times. I remember clearly the bowling next door, you could buy snacks there and there were always people bowling then. I don't know when the theater was built, but it was there in 1943 and I went there until about the mid-1950's.

I went to Mackenzie High (which I see by Google that it has been torn down) then to Wayne State University. I left Detroit in February, 1960 for Palo Alto, California then several years later to Los Angeles where I lived for 33 years. I am retired living in Las Vegas currently. I was saddened on a return visit to Detroit to see that the Warren theater was torn down, after a fire, as was the Herman Gardens project.

The wonderful landmarks of Detroit may be gone, but still remain in my memory..
2/10/2018 - Frolic Theatre - Midland - Scott Seeburger
The Mecca Theatre was one of the first movie houses in Midland, Mi.

My grandfather, Bart Laughlin, owned it from 1922-25 and did live theater presentations and other attractions in addition to showing films. He sold the theater to Frolic owner Mr. Cassidy and was required to sign a lifetime non-compete agreement. The Frolic was the more modern theater of the two that were located on Main St.

However, my grandfather held the Paramount contract and in the 1920s, Paramount was The choice film company. From that point on, Mr. William Cassidy owned all the movie houses in this town.
2/10/2018 - Cadillac 5 Theatres - Cadillac - John McDowell
This location is now the Cadillac 4.

Two auditoriums were combined to make room for 1 large screen (47 feet, if I recall correctly). Local news media 9and10News. com and Cadillacnews. com have run articles this week about the upcoming 100th anniversary of this theatre.

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2/10/2018 - Capitol Theatre - Flint - Becky Scott
The Lady Barton organ that was housed in the Capitol Theatre is now housed at the Flint Institute of Music. The Flint Theatre Organ Club has enjoyed performing many concerts on the organ. It has been at the FIM for many years. I want to say 30 plus.
1/30/2018 - Plainfield Drive-In Theatre - Grand Rapids - Laurel Lazar
I enjoyed the story about 1973, when the cops came.

I went to this drive in as a child and then later in high school. Somehow I happened across this site tonight by accident and am so pleased to see the photos. This is so long ago to me, as I moved away after h. and never knew it was torn down. But, of course, it would have been. I think that when we are dealing with our memories it can be difficult to imagine the change as we did not witness it. During my hs years, we didn't watch movies as much as we did drink and cause trouble.

Mostly, just making noise and being dumb teenagers. Thanx to the other participants who wrote about my favorite old-drive-in..
1/9/2018 - MJR Universal Grand Cinema 16 - Warren - Cameron
As of 4/7/2017, this is now the MJR Universal Grand Cinema 16. It has recliners, along with a renovated lobby with a Studio Bar & Lounge. The new theater, like the old theater, does not have stadium seating.
1/9/2018 - Peoples Theatre - Laurium - Bonnie Harkonen-Sauers
Owned by Art and Gloria Hamel, (my uncle & aunt), from Lake Linden. In the 1960's I remember working there with my brothers & sisters (helping to clean-up the floors between shows). They also owned the Lakes Drive-in, (in Lake Linden).
1/4/2018 - Ramona Park - Grand Rapids - Robert Gaunt
Visiting Ramona Park was a frequent during my early life.

One feature was a spot known as The Fun House. During one's trip through the place, there were mirrors that distorted the viewer's image making them look taller, shorter, heavier that their true forms. There were moving floors to contend with, and a pair of slides that patrons slid down while seated on burlap bags. One of them featured a large dip, and the other was a straighter design, and each of them involved perhaps a 90 foot ride.

A patron could climb back to the top of the slides, repeating trips down those slopes as often as they wished. One rather unpleasant aspect of a visit to the Fun House was that there was often the stench of urine left behind by less considerate patrons who, unfortunately, tended to use darker corners of the two story structure as a latrine. When my funds were dwindling as I moved from one attraction to another, I often boarded the vessel that conveyed its passengers during a loop around Reeds Lake. Those rides would chew up a good portion of time before my parents would arrive to pick me up for the trip home.

I've ridden the Derby many times, and I'd certainly concur that its wooden structure didn't appear to be the most stable structure around. My most memorable contact with the Derby came at a time when Ramona Park had closed for the season. Along with a few young friends, and at a time when we were probably around Junior High age, I was attending an East Grand Rapids-Grandville high school football game. The EGR Pioneer's then played on a field just across the street, and south of Ramona Park.

The bumper car rides were always popular and fun, and an up and down, twirly ride, The Tilt-A-Wheel, was well worth one's dime admission. The merry-go-round was, as I recall, an artistic and fairly-heavily-used attraction, though it was one that I regarded as tamer than my taste tended to favor. I clearly recall looking in at Ramona Gardens, and noting that it was a popular spot, though I never ventured into that feature of the Park. Three or four of us decided that it would be fun to scale the fence and to explore the inactive Ramona Park.

It was unwisely decided that it might be fun to make a trip, on foot, over the length of the Derby's trackage. That adventure didn't last long, nor was it at all successful, as even the most courageous among our group decided, not more than half way to the peak of the highest part of the structure, that the whole thing wasn't such a good idea after all. It is noteworthy to mention that the aforementioned area where the East Grand Rapids football field was located, was once occupied by a different entertainment venue. Early in the 20th Century, the City's professional baseball team played its home games at a field that was found there.

Between the ballpark and the entrance to Ramona Park was a streetcar loop. Streetcars conveyed patrons of both of the venues there, then reversed direction, headed back towards the City's center. The ballpark saw some significant historical events during it's years of service. The grandstand had a unique design roughly in the shape of a U.

That was, according to reports, a setup calculated to placate local clergymen who were often adamant in opposition to worldly distractions, especially when the Sabbath was involved. The grandstand's design helped to ease clerical fears when it was pointed out that it would provide close-proximity viewing for audiences who were attending revival meetings. But the ballpark had other historic importance. Perhaps most significant among those is that it was the site of what was probably the first night game in the entire history of professional baseball.

What has been officially considered to have been the first night game under electrical lights didn't happen until sometime in the early 30's, but the Grand Rapids park saw a games some 20 years earlier when teams from Grand Rapids and Zainesville, Ohio squared off under carbon arc-lights. The game was completed, but not before a close call where one of the players came very near being struck, and perhaps badly injured by a hard hit line drive. I have long believed that a historic marker recognizing the playing of America's first night baseball game should be placed at that site. Before that park was abandoned, a number of famous baseball players made appearances there.

One of them was Hall Of Fame member Ty Cobb. Both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig were known to have played exhibition games in Grand Rapids, though those visits may have taken place after The City's professional team moved its home to a field that once stood near the Grand River about a mile south of downtown Grand Rapids..
1/4/2018 - Tri-City Dragway - Saginaw - Sue Wallace
Please help me find any pictures of Richard G Place I need to know when he raced there and if he had any friends that accompanied him there Thank you means a lot.
1/4/2018 - Pleasure Island Water Park - Norton Shores - Indy
My family went to Pleasure Island two or three times in the 80's.

It was the first time I ever did a bumper boat, I remember that pretty well. My favorite was the roller slide that sent you down on a plastic raft and skipped you across the water. There was a zipline that you went down into the lake and it stopped and you flew off into the water. I remember I hated that thing.

The last year we went was the first year of the Black Hole, which I thought was great. It's another place gone that I wish I would have gotten pictures of..
1/4/2018 - Deer Forest Fun Park - Coloma - Indy
I apparently went to Deer Forrest as a young child in the mid 70's but have no memory of it.

I do remember the television commercials though. Who could forget those? I did take my daughter in I believe fall of 2013. They had a whole new herd of deer and none of them would come near us, which was pretty disappointing. We walked around the property and my daughter rode the pony.

I took a ton of pictures because the park's demise looked imminent. It was a beautiful fall Saturday and there were probably 8 people in the whole place. It wasn't a bad way to spend a couple hours, but it was a bit sad.
1/4/2018 - Auto World - Flint - Indy
My AutoWorld story is from the summer before I started 8th grade, so it must have been 1986.

The reason we went over to Flint was to take back a musical instrument that I was renting for middle school band. Anyway, My mom took myself and a friend to AutoWorld after we dropped off the trombone. I really do not remember all that much about the place. What I remember the most is the ferris wheel.

I remember the sensation of looking up at the roof as we rode it (probably 5 times). There was some sort of moving walkway through the inter-workings of an engine and assembly line that we did. I also remember the Pontiac Fiero that was sort of blown apart so you could see inside of it. I can't say I was impressed, but I'm glad we went before it closed down.

My mom, my friend and I are the only 3 people that I know that actually went. Too bad I didn't have a camera back then..
1/4/2018 - Mercury Theatre - Detroit - Dan Thornton
This theater was located near the Precious Blood School, which later became St. Martin de Porres High School (closed since 2005). It was already being torn down when I passed it on the way to the school for a high school placement test. The site is currently occupied by a strip mall.
12/28/2017 - Willis Theatre - Detroit - CHARLES PRICE
ITS A SHAME NO ONE HAS A DECENT CLEAR PHOTO OF THIS THEATER KIDS LIVING IN THE AREA OFTEN WENT TO WITH DELIGHT ON WEEK ENDS TO SEE OLD WESTERNS,SCIENCE FICTIONS AND CLIFFHANGER SERIALS. THE ONLY PHOTO SHOWS THE FRAME OF THE MOVIE HOUSE. CANT EVEN FIND IN LIBRARIES.
12/28/2017 - Terrace Cinema 4 - Livonia - thomas tabaka
The movie theare coninuted to show 70mm movies after it was twined. It whoeds both Empire Strikes Back and Tron in 70mm. It had one of the best sound systems in the Detroit Area in the early 1980s.

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