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Tuscola Drive-In Theatre

Address: 573 Tuscola Rd (M-15)
City: Bay City
State: MI
Zip: 48706
County: Bay
Open: 1948 (7-10-48) AD
Closed: N/A
Capacity: 800
Owner History: R.J. Ashmun (1968) Harry Mohney/Mid States/VIP Theatres
Number of visits to this page: 8581
Notes: Thanks to Harry Mohney and Curt Peterson for info and pics!
Info Updates:
5/21/2012 - jason dreyer
My uncle was projectionist and groundskeeper from the late 70's until the theater closed. I saw a bunch of great movies at this drive-in. But my favorite part was watching my uncle when the films would break and he would have to remove the whole reel and quickly splice the film back together before people got angry. When the theater went xxx, they were forced to put up sheet metal on top of the fence so passerby were not able to see the movies. Now that I think of it when it did go to xxx my mom was offered the equipment from the playground and the only thing she took was the swing set minus the slide. I just replaced the original swings a few years back, but she may still have the fiberglass childrens safety swings. The last marquee I remember changing as part of the daytime maintenance was behind the green door. somewhere I have some of the marquee letters, but not sure if they are from tuscola or the starlite- will have to ask my uncle. I will take some pictures to post when I come across this stuff.
3/21/2009 - Tom
I went to the Tuscola in August 1975 to see "Walking Tall 2." I stepped out of my car (white 1969 Chevelle Malibou 307) and locked myself out. I didn''t let it bother me much, as I watched the movie, and then had some people help me get the door unlocked. Having the speaker in the window helped and we got the door lock opened with my shoe lace (well, we didn''t have a coat hanger).
10/14/2003 - MichiganDriveIns.com
The Tuscola Drive-In south of Bay City on M-15. I believe is about 3 or 3 1/2 miles south of the city. The Tuscola may have been able to stay in business had they had better owners. During its last years of operations the Tuscola was turned into an XXX-rated drive-in theater. This so incensed the neighboring residents that they got the drive-in shutdown. I believe it was around 1984 or 1985. The marquee sign and concession building of the Tuscola is all that remains of that theater. It was last used in early 1990s as an auction business.
1/6/2003 - Drive-Ins.com
The marquee was just taken down. Bobby Peacock
 Photos:19
Tuscola Drive-In Theatre - VINTAGE SHOT FROM HARRY MOHNEY AND CURT PETERSON
VINTAGE SHOT FROM HARRY MOHNEY AND CURT PETERSON
Tuscola Drive-In Theatre - TUSCOLA BOB ASHMUN
TUSCOLA BOB ASHMUN
Tuscola Drive-In Theatre - GRAND OPENING ARTICLE
GRAND OPENING ARTICLE
Tuscola Drive-In Theatre - VINTAGE SHOT FROM HARRY MOHNEY AND CURT PETERSON
VINTAGE SHOT FROM HARRY MOHNEY AND CURT PETERSON
Tuscola Drive-In Theatre - VINTAGE SHOT FROM HARRY MOHNEY AND CURT PETERSON
VINTAGE SHOT FROM HARRY MOHNEY AND CURT PETERSON
Tuscola Drive-In Theatre - VINTAGE SHOT FROM HARRY MOHNEY AND CURT PETERSON
VINTAGE SHOT FROM HARRY MOHNEY AND CURT PETERSON
Tuscola Drive-In Theatre - TUSCOLA AD1 7-10-48
TUSCOLA AD1 7-10-48
Tuscola Drive-In Theatre - TUSCOLA AD2 7-10-48
TUSCOLA AD2 7-10-48
Tuscola Drive-In Theatre - TUSCOLA ARTICLE 7-11-48
TUSCOLA ARTICLE 7-11-48
Tuscola Drive-In Theatre - AUTO AUCTION IS NOW ON LOT - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
AUTO AUCTION IS NOW ON LOT - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
Tuscola Drive-In Theatre - THE TUSCOLA NOW - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
THE TUSCOLA NOW - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
Tuscola Drive-In Theatre - TUSCOLA FLYER
TUSCOLA FLYER
Tuscola Drive-In Theatre - OLD AERIAL
OLD AERIAL
Tuscola Drive-In Theatre - JULY 18 1975 AD
JULY 18 1975 AD
Tuscola Drive-In Theatre - 10 FEB 1950 ARTICLE
10 FEB 1950 ARTICLE
Tuscola Drive-In Theatre - 13 MAY 1954 AD
13 MAY 1954 AD
Tuscola Drive-In Theatre - 1955 AERIAL
1955 AERIAL
Tuscola Drive-In Theatre - AERIAL - PHOTO FROM TERRASERVER
AERIAL - PHOTO FROM TERRASERVER
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