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12/6/2017 - Mars Theatre - Detroit - Joyce Green
Mars Theatre became Lighthouse Tabernacle I believe in 1959.

The address was 19009 Conant Detroit Michigan. The Pastor and founder was Rev Allie Taylor. Lighthouse Tabernacle was there from 1959 to 1974. They sold the building and moved to 8801 Woodward, Detroit changing then the name to Lighthouse Cathedral.

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12/6/2017 - Cadillac Drive-In Theatre - Cadillac - John
I can assert that it was still open in the Fall of 1986, because I saw Back to School there, with Top Gun as the second feature, and Back to School came out in June of '86. Could have been summer time, but generally, drive-ins waited a while to get their prints, after the films had played through the stick-built theater circuit. A good time was had there, at that time I worked at a radio station just up the Mackinaw Trail, toward Cadillac.
12/2/2017 - M-37 Drive-In Theatre - White Cloud - David Bier
I worked there as projectionist in 1978, 79, most of 80, a small part of 81, and then again for the summer of 85.

As far as I know, 1985 was the last year it was open for business. I may have been the youngest projectionist to have worked there. The man who was manager was reluctant to hire me because I was only 15, and didn't have a driver's license. About a month after I started, he told me I was the best projectionist he'd ever had, and caught on quicker than anyone he'd ever trained.

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12/2/2017 - Hart Theatre - Hart - Dale Zieger
My wife, Gail, and I are the current owners of the Hart Theater.

We have by working for over 2 years now to re-establish it as Special Interest theater. Too many irreversible modifications we done to the building over the years to even consider a restoration. We have a 4 manual virtual Wurlitzer theater pipe organ installed and we do regular music programs. The lobby area is a beautiful Art Gallery for my wife's paintings.

We live in an apartment on the third floor above the original projection room. We love to share this exciting place and we welcome visitors on a regular basis. It's best to contact us via our email to arrange a visit.
12/2/2017 - Flint Park - Flint - Cathy (Aho) Klockow
My Dad Richard (Dick) Aho grew up very near the park on Marengo St.

He throughout our lives regaled us with tales of working concessions and of the pranks they would play on patrons. He used to be allowed the privilege of testing the rollercoaster at start of season. Wish I had photos of this rich Flint history! He was born in 1930 and I still have the decrepit Flint Park t-shirt he wore while working there. Geez.

he was really tiny back then..
12/2/2017 - Rialto Theatre - Gladstone - bob olsze
i remember going to the theater at least once a week with my parents starting in 1947 when i was 4.

we ran a motel in bay view south of there. i took my wife on our first date there in jan of 1961. the movie was Summer Place. i won $10 there in 1955 playing bingo between the two shows.

it was a great place to escape winter in upper michigan. we got our first tv in 1953 and that changed how much we went to the movies. I will always remember the owner, he dressed like he was a movie mogal from hollywood. I heard that he saved all the old movie posters and had two stacks about 2ft tall each.

i have been in the antique business for 30 yrs and i can tell you who ever got those could actually retire the rest of their life, some would bring a lot of money, like King Kong, etc well maybe they are still around..
12/2/2017 - Strand Theatre - Lowell - Donald M. Scott
Thanks for this excellent resource.

I'm researching a book, and the pages are a big help. The Strand has special meaning - it was a major waypoint in my life. Just before we returned to California, in the spring of 1956, we saw Forbidden Planet at the Strand. The movie was based on a book - a search for that book after we returned to California would lead to another book - that would lead to two careers (Park Ranger, and NASA State Field Educator for Nevada, Montana, Southern California), the publication of the authorized biography of George R.

Stewart, to the sets of Star Trek (which was inspired by Forbidden Planet), and even to a meeting with one of the stars of FP, the fellow who played Doc. Since this current book is somewhat autobiographical, it's invaluable to find your site. Again, thanks.
12/2/2017 - Riverside Park - Saginaw - Gary Osborn
Brandon, you can see the information I have on Riverside Park on my Riverside Park site on Facebook.
12/2/2017 - Algiers Drive-In Theatre - Westland - Phil Holmes
Hello, my name is Philip Holmes Jr.

AKA Jr. Dude Friend of Dave LaCasper who was the projectionist from the mid 1970's until its closing in 1984. My father Phil Holmes Sr. and Dave LaCasper were best friends until my fathers death in December 2015 Ill never forget all the free popcorn and video games from Uncle Dave and playing on the playground or running around during the movies having fun.

I met my first girlfriend there, we chased what we thought was a cat but turned out to be a skunk, we both were sprayed and had to ride home that night smelling to high heaven of skunk. Uncle dave AKA Dave LaCasper is sick now with dementia, Id like anyone who remembers him to make a post with memories they had of the good times we all had at the Algiers drive in. Anyone who would like to contact me can email me at philipfury@msn. com.

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12/2/2017 - AMC Wonderland 6 - Livonia - Rick Kennedy
My first job was at Smart Alex.

I was a bus boy then a cook later on. It's main stay was hot soup and sandwiches. It had entertainment on Saturdays. It had a bar with some regulars and a lot of people from the horse tract would come there after races.

It had a real family atmosphere people had a good time there. I recall a tobacco road was next door or close to it anyway and wells fargo across from it. The people that owned the big boy next door and the one on plymouth road and farmington owned Smart Alex. Unfortunately in their infinite wisdom they cut the serving sizes and slowing the place died.

They gave me 2 days notice I wouldn't have a job..
11/20/2017 - Riverside Park - Saginaw - Brandon Turnbull
I bought a house last year at the end of what would be Riverside Park. The house was built in 1920 and maintained for 56 years by the previous owners I purchased it from. I'd like to learn about more history of the area as Green Point.
11/20/2017 - Manchester Speedway - Manchester - Clifford Schill
From what I have been told is that the present property owners that live there are not kindly to visitors. They get people there all the time and get fed up with them.
11/20/2017 - Ramona Park - Grand Rapids - Linda Bowden
How can I contact Ronnie Pierce who wrote on the Reed Lake/Ramona Park page. He was asking if there was anyone who had information about his relative Frances Haskins who was a balloon parachutist during the 40-50's. Thank you.
11/17/2017 - Warren Theatre - Detroit - Joyce Kost
I worked behind the candy counter around 1961 and Mr. Goodman was the manager. He'd scold me if I dunked the popcorn in the butter when there was no customers! Haha!! I used to bowl next door at Parkland Bowl. Lived on Rutland.
11/17/2017 - Crown Theatre - Marne - Jim Reid
I found some old tickets from theatre paper tickets price on them waS 40 CENTS ADULT 9 CENTS FOR KIDS PLUS TAX ALSO A MOVIE POSTER FROM 1953 FROM THEATRE CALL ME AT 1586 2196918 I LIVE IN CENTERLINE MI 48015 GREAT FIND.
11/17/2017 - Caruso Theatre - Dowagiac - Antonio Caruso Jr.
the Caruso theater was built and owned by Paul Caruso in 1946 and run by him until it was distroyed by a fire. Paul was my brother.
11/2/2017 - Jefferson Beach - St. Clair Shores - Michael Dubey
I lived on Downing street, right accross Jefferson Ave.

from Jefferson Beach. In 1954, I was only 4 years old when I first became aware of Jefferson Beach, because, in the summertime, I could hear the screams from people on the rolly coaster through my bedroom window at night. I was eight years old when it closed. My first memory of Jefferson Beach was being with my older cousins, and them trying to talk me into going in the Fun House.

I chickened out on several occasions, before I finally climbed into one of those cars on the track that banged open those tinny metal doors that opened up into the darkness that scared the hell out of me at 6 or 7 years old. I can't quite remember what was in there, but I felt empowered afterwards for overcoming a fear. Actually, it was a pretty lame fu house. One summer afternoon, my father treated my little brother and I to a couple of hours at the park.

I remember my dad asking my brother and I to stand and wait near this screen door that he entered. I believe it was a small beer and hot dog stand that was part of the ballroom. He came out minutes later with this huge dixie cup full of beer. I could smell it.

He must have knocked it down pretty quick, because I don't remember him having it in his hand while we walked over to the rolly coaster. When we arrived, my father asked me if I wanted to ride it with him. This rolly coaster seemed large, looming, and dangerous. And again, I chickened out.

So for some reason, he scooped my little brother into his arms and carried him into one of the cars. When the ride was over. My brother was as white as a ghost. He looked a little bit traumitised.

Maybe it was a lapse in judgement on my fathers part, caused by the quick consumption of the beer, I don't know, but that day really sticks in my memory. Years later, after the park closed, my mother told me that the residents of St. Clair Shores began to complain to the city about the trashy people the park allegedly attracted, which contributed, along with the 1955 fire, to it's closure. There are numerous urban legends surrounding Jefferson Beach: like the one about the woman who lost her head when she stood up in the car while riding the coaster.

This one was repeated endlessly among the kids in our neighborhood. Anyone know if anything like that actually happened. ? I could go on forever about strange things that happened in the park, especially, after it was abandoned. Some of it is not fit for this venue But for the most part, my memories of the fire works on the 4rth of July, the enticing lights, the laughter and screams, coming from the park in the summer, invokes fond childhood memories.

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11/2/2017 - Showcase Cinemas Pontiac 6-12 - Bloomfield Hills - Jeff Lacey
The Target store is actually where Pontiac 1-5 stood. 6-12 is a car dealership.
10/24/2017 - Onondaga Dragway - Onondaga - Ron Davis
Does anyone remember my dad racing there on Sundays? His name was Little Dicky Davis and he ran a 63 Plymouth Sport Fury with a 383 and sometimes forgot to put that push button crap back into drive before the green light.

Went backwards a couple of times before he figured out a Torqflight. Said that he did fairly well out there until the Ramchargers came out there with their hemis. His name is Richard Davis from Ann Arbor. Thanks for any help.

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10/24/2017 - Westown Theatre - Detroit - Tom E
To Loretta A, My friends dad managed the Westown in the early 60’s Mr. Lon Johnson His son Lon Jr. said hello.
10/24/2017 - Motor City Dragway - New Baltimore - George Foehringer
Motor City Dragway sign on east bound direction of 26 Mile Road near Gratiot Avenue In 1976, when we would drive from Rochester MI to Motor City Dragway, we would take 26 Mile Road.

On the south side of the road, somewhere around Gratiot (I think), we would pass a wooden sign advertising the drag strip. I think it showed a drawing of two rails racing horizontally across the sign. It was set off the side of the road in front of a bunch of trees. It measured maybe 5' x 10'.

Does anyone have a picture of the sign or know of its origin or demise? Ah, such great memories of history gone by!..
10/18/2017 - Dixie Motor Speedway - Birch Run - Randy Adam
Dixie Motor Speedway is NOW BIRCH RUN SPEEDWAY & EVENT CENTER.

new owner in 2017. Ran a limited schedule, but big plans for 2018. Place is being upgraded with all kinds of family friendly thoughts in mind. Patio picnic table area with umbrellas, all paved walking areas (easy for wheelchair access).

A full size race car simulator for fans and a lot more things to come. They have a new website as well..
10/14/2017 - Strand Theatre - Caro - Karen Peruski
Updated interior and fully digital now with larger screen. Love the prices versus the city theaters. New releases shown and a great family venue. Also a historic treasure for our town.
10/14/2017 - Grattan Raceway - Belding - dave eager
Did anyone see my clutch pay me a rather violent visit in my primer 66 chevelle this was about 1976. It b cool to have a pic of that.
10/10/2017 - Pleasure Island Water Park - Norton Shores - Brian L
I remember pleasure Island I remember the two speed slides that was right between the two Corkscrew slides and the mini golf course that was on the shore of the lake but I don't remember what lake it was LOL I remember the black hole it was the newest addition to the theme park at the time.

I was just a kid, went there a couple times one time as a field trip I think with the boy scout troop in once with my family. This was in the 80s and I remember Boblo Island as well it's sad that these theme parks dissolved. I even have the Kodak pictures of myself as a are young child mean my family at these great theme parks. Many fond memories.

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10/3/2017 - Great Lakes Theatre - Detroit - Eric Ziegler
Grew up on Coyle between Grand River and Lyndon in mid to late 50s.

Burns School. Saturday matinee at the Great Lakes (a beautiful building) was 12 cents for two full length movies, six cartoons and a seriel episode. Adult admission was 70 cents. Movies changed after Saturday nite show with new ones on Sunday.

Sunday afternoon was 20 cents for kids. But only one cartoon and no serial adventure. We brought our candy in from United Pharmacy on the corner of Terry, Gergans Market next door or Bills on Lauder. And yes, we snuck into the balcony, got caught and sent downstairs but never got booted.

The older kids smoked in the boys bathroom and it always smelled not too god. Those were the days, huh..
9/24/2017 - Milan Dragway - Milan - Nicole DeLano
I attended the first ever legal drag race in Detroit last night. We are so excited to get more attention toward a very exciting motor sport. I think perfecting the safety points is key to expanding an exciting world of drag.
9/24/2017 - Flint Park - Flint - John Oviatt
Yes, Troy Winter, you are a bit confused but it was quite a few years ago that we often walked through Forest Park (aka Dewey Woods) to get to Flint Park. Walking through Dewey Woods is not recommended these days.
9/18/2017 - Onondaga Dragway - Onondaga - ron isenhath
is there a gary long memorial drag meet this saturday september 23 at the track? thanks.
9/13/2017 - Caruso Theatre - Dowagiac - Jami Chavez
That building is now a dance studio, also the building that Century Theatre was in is now a gym called Fit Stop which is where I currently work. I have been trying to get more info on the building and what was inside it. If you have any photos or info I would really like to see them.

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