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Michigan Drive-Ins, Out of State Drive-In Theaters


There was once over 130 Drive-In's in Michigan back in their heyday. The first Drive-In was the East-Side, which opened in 1938 in Harper Woods, only 4 years after Richard Hollingshead invented it. Many more were built in the ensuing years, particularly in the post-war years up thru the mid to late 70's. It was great to check out the movie listings in the paper and see as many drive-ins listed as indoor Theaters! The following is a somewhat accurate listing of how many there were by year.

1938
1
1948
12
1956
111
1959
127
1965
132
1968
131
1972
137
1977
126
1988
62
1990
29
1992
14
1996
11
1998-2001
10
2002
9
2003
10
2005
11
2007-2008
10
2009
9
2010-2013
8

As you can see, the 1980's were devastating for Drive-Ins. Rising property values and declining attendance made closing them and selling them off more attractive to the owners than keeping them open.

The list below represents all of the drive-ins which can be filtered by county and sorted by clicking the little arrows in the heading. Click on the name in the grid and it will take you to the detail page. Click here for a complete listing the Drive-Ins which remain open.

You can sort the grid by clicking on the header text.
Filter by County: Filter by State:
NameCityCounty
 13-24 Drive-In WabashState of IN
 131 Outdoor Theatre PlainwellAllegan
 49'er Drive-in ValparaisoState of IN
 5 Mile Drive-In Theatre DowagiacCass
 55-Hi Drive-In Theatre Houghton LakeRoscommon
 Airport Drive-In Theatre NegauneeMarquette
 Albion Drive-In Theatre AlbionCalhoun
 Algiers Drive-In Theatre WestlandWayne
 Alpena Drive-In Theatre AlpenaAlpena
 Aut-O-Rama Twin Drive In North RidgevilleState of OH
 Auto Theatre SaginawSaginaw
 Auto Theatre MuskegonMuskegon
 Auto Theatre Battle CreekCalhoun
 Auto Theatre ConstantineSt. Joseph
 Auto Theatre St. JosephBerrien
 B & D Drive-In Theatre Rapid RiverDelta
 Bath Drive-In BathState of NY
 Bay Drive-In Theatre PinconningBay
 Bel Air Drive-In Theatre SaginawSaginaw
 Bel Air Drive-In Theatre JacksonJackson
 Bel Air Drive-In Theatre DetroitWayne
 Bel Aire Twin Drive-In Theatre MonroeMonroe
 Beltline 3 Drive-In Theatre WyomingKent
 Big Rapids Drive-In Theatre Big RapidsMecosta
 Blue Sky Drive In Theater WadsworthState of OH
 Blue Sky Drive-In Theatre PontiacOakland
 Blue Sky Drive-In Theatre CasevilleHuron
 Breeze Way Drive-In ClintonState of IN
 Burnside Drive-In Theatre BurnsideLapeer
 Butch Cassidy Drive-In MillburyState of OH
 Cadillac Drive-In Theatre CadillacWexford
 Capri Drive-In Theatre ColdwaterBranch
 Caro Drive-In Theatre CaroTuscola
 Cascade Drive-In West ChicagoState of IL
 Cascade Drive-In Theatre CascadeKent
 Cheboygan Drive-In Theatre CheboyganCheboygan
 Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre HonorBenzie
 Chippewa Drive-In Theatre ManisteeManistee
 Cinema 2 Drive-In Theatre ManistiqueSchoolcraft
 Cinema 35 Drive-In West AlexandriaState of OH
 Cinema 40 Drive-In CloverdaleState of IN
 Circle Drive-In ScrantonState of PA
 Coldwater Drive-In Theatre Coldwater TownshipBranch
 Commerce Drive-In Theatre CommerceOakland
 Crest Drive-In Theatre OkemosIngham
 Dearborn Drive-In Theatre DearbornWayne
 Denniston Drive-In Theatre MonroeMonroe
 Devil's Lake Drive-In Theatre Manitou BeachLenawee
 Diamond-T-Ranch Drive-In Theatre ClaytonLenawee
 Dixie Drive-In Theatre MonroeMonroe
 Dixie Twin Drive-In DaytonState of OH
 Dort-Eastside Drive-In Theatre FlintGenesee
 Douglas Auto Theatre KalamazooKalamazoo
 Douglas Drive-In Theatre DouglasAllegan
 Dove Drive-In Theatre Grand RapidsKent
 East Side Drive-In Theatre Harper WoodsWayne
 Ecorse Drive-In Theatre TaylorWayne
 Elm Road Triple Drive-In WarrenState of OH
 Evergreen Drive-In Mount PleasantState of PA
 Evergreen Drive-In Theatre IshpemingMarquette
 Family Drive-In Theatre St. JohnsClinton
 Ford Drive-In DearbornWayne
 Ford-Wyoming 6-9 Theatre DearbornWayne
 Fort George Drive-In Theatre SouthgateWayne
 Galaxy Drive-In Theatre MioOscoda
 Galaxy Drive-In Theatre Madison HeightsOakland
 Galion 3 Drive-In GalionState of OH
 Geneva Beach Drive-In Theatre GenevaLenawee
 Getty 4 Drive-In Theatre MuskegonMuskegon
 Gospel Film Drive-In Theatre BellevilleWayne
 Gospel Films Drive-In Theatre CathroAlpena
 GQT Huntington Drive In HuntingtonState of IN
 Grand River Drive-In Theatre FarmingtonOakland
 Gratiot Drive-In Theatre RosevilleMacomb
 Greenville Drive-In Theatre GreenvilleMontcalm
 H & S Drive-In Theatre MarletteSanilac
 Hastings Drive-In Theatre HastingsBarry
 Hi-Road Drive-In KentonState of OH
 Hi-Vue Theatre DurandShiawassee
 Hi-Way Drive-In Theatre CarsonvilleSanilac
 Hiawatha Drive-In Theatre ChassellHoughton
 Highway 18 Outdoor Theatre JeffersonState of WI
 Hillsdale Drive-In Theatre HillsdaleHillsdale
 Hilltop Drive-In Theatre EscanabaDelta
 Hilltop Drive-In Theatre JacksonJackson
 Hilltop Drive-In Theatre PalmyraLenawee
 Holiday Auto Theatre HamiltonState of OH
 Holiday Drive-In Theatre TrentonWayne
 Ionia Drive-In Theatre IoniaIonia
 Ironwood Drive-In Theatre IronwoodGogebic
 Jackson Drive-In Theatre JacksonJackson
 Jolly Roger Drive-In Theatre TaylorWayne
 Kane Road Drive-In AliquippaState of PA
 Ken's Diner Drive-In Theatre Birch RunGenesee
 Ken-Mar Drive-In Theatre EscanabaDelta
 Lake Drive-In Mt. OrabState of OH
 Lake Drive-In Big Bear LakeState of CA
 Lakes Drive-In Theatre BrightonLivingston
 Lakes Drive-In Theatre Lake LindenHoughton
 Lakeshore Drive-In Theatre Fort GratiotSt. Clair
 Lansing Drive-In Theatre LansingIngham
 Larkfield Drive-In Grove CityState of PA
 Lenawee Drive-In Theatre AdrianLenawee
 M-104 Drive-In Theatre Spring LakeOttawa
 M-37 Drive-In Theatre White CloudNewaygo
 M-53 Drive-In Theatre Bad AxeHuron
 M-60 Drive-In Theatre MendonSt. Joseph
 M-78 Twin/Triple Drive-In Theatre LansingIngham
 Magic City Drive In BarbertonState of OH
 Maple City Drive-In Theatre CharlotteEaton
 Maplecroft Drive-In ClaytonState of IN
 Marysville Drive-In Theatre MarysvilleSt. Clair
 Mayfield Road Drive-In ChardonState of OH
 McHenry Outdoor Theatre McHenryState of IL
 Melody 49 Drive-In BrookvilleState of OH
 Melody Cruise-In SpringfieldState of OH
 Memory Lane Drive-In Theater MonroeMonroe
 Meredith Drive-In Theatre MeredithGladwin
 Michigan Drive-In Theatre SouthgateWayne
 Midway Auto Theatre GladwinGladwin
 Midway Drive In Theater RavennaState of OH
 Mikado Drive-In Theatre MikadoAlcona
 Miracle Mile Drive-In Theatre PontiacOakland
 Miracle Twin Drive-In Theatre BurtonGenesee
 Mission Tiki Drive in Theatre MontclairState of CA
 Moonlite Drive-In West WyomingState of PA
 Moonlite Drive-In BrookvilleState of PA
 Motor Vu Twin Drive-In ImperialState of CA
 Mt Clemens Drive-In Theatre Mount ClemensMacomb
 Night-Sky Drive-In Theatre BeulahBenzie
 Niles 31 Outdoor Theatre NilesBerrien
 North Drive-In Theatre MuskegonMuskegon
 North Flint Drive-In Theatre Mount MorrisGenesee
 North Twin Drive-In MarionState of OH
 Northland Drive-In Theatre PetoskeyEmmet
 Northland Drive-In Theatre FlintGenesee
 Northland Drive-In Theatre ClareIsabella
 Northside Drive-In Theatre LansingClinton
 Northwoods Drive-In Theatre PrudenvilleRoscommon
 Oak Drive-In Theatre Royal OakOakland
 Oakley Drive-In CincinnatiState of OH
 Paramount Twin Drive-In ParamountState of CA
 Park Layne 69 Drive-In New CarlisleState of OH
 Park-In Theatre MonroeMonroe
 Paul Bunyan Drive-In Theatre Hubbard LakeAlcona
 Pine Air Drive-In Theatre BaldwinLake
 Piqua 36 Drive-In PiquaState of OH
 Plainfield Drive-In Theatre Grand RapidsKent
 Pleasant Drive-In Theatre Mount PleasantIsabella
 Plymouth Drive-In PlymouthState of OH
 Point Drive-In NorthumberlandState of PA
 Pontiac Drive-In Theatre PontiacOakland
 Portage Drive-In Theatre KalamazooKalamazoo
 Pymatuning Lake Drive-In AndoverState of OH
 Ridgeway Drive-In Van WertState of OH
 Roadium Drive-In TorranceState of CA
 Rubidoux Drive-In RubidouxState of CA
 Sante Fe Springs Drive-In Santa Fe SpringsState of MI
 Santee Drive-In SanteeState of CA
 Scio Drive-In Theatre Ann ArborWashtenaw
 Seaway Drive-In Theatre AlgonacSt. Clair
 Sherwood 3 Drive-In DaytonState of OH
 Show Boat Drive-In SpringfieldState of OH
 Silver Drive-In Theatre FentonGenesee
 Silverdome Drive-In Theatre PontiacOakland
 Sky Drive-In Theatre AdrianLenawee
 Sky Top Drive-In Theatre St. LouisGratiot
 Sky-Hi Drive-In Theatre GaylordOtsego
 Skyborn Drive-In FairbornState of OH
 Skyline Auto Theatre MorenciLenawee
 Skyline Drive-In LogansportState of IN
 Skyline Drive-In BarstowState of CA
 Skyway Drive-In North MadisonState of OH
 Skyway Drive-In GibsonburgState of OH
 Skyway Drive-In Theatre CorunnaShiawassee
 Skyway Twin Drive-In Theatre WarrenState of OH
 South Bay Drive-In Imperial BeachState of CA
 South Dort Drive-In Theatre FlintGenesee
 Speedway Auto Theatre GreenvilleState of OH
 Spire Drive-In Theatre HaleIosco
 Springmill Twin Drive In MansfieldState of OH
 Stadium Drive-In Theatre Grand RapidsKent
 Star Auto Theatre WauseonState of OH
 Star View Drive-In NorwalkState of OH
 Stardust Drive-In Theatre Grand RapidsKent
 Starglow Drive-In MiddletonState of OH
 Starlight Drive-In Theatre SaugatuckAllegan
 Starlite Drive-In South El MonteState of CA
 Starlite Drive-In Theatre AmeliaState of OH
 Starlite Drive-In Theatre Sault Sainte MarieChippewa
 Starlite Drive-In Theatre AddisonLenawee
 Starlite Drive-In Theatre LansingEaton
 Starlite Drive-In Theatre LudingtonMason
 Starlite Drive-In Theatre Bay CityBay
 Starlite Drive-In Theatre Benton HarborBerrien
 Sturgis Drive-In Theatre SturgisSt. Joseph
 Summer Drive-In at USA Hockey Arena PlymouthWayne
 Sundance Kid Drive-In OregonState of OH
 Sundown Drive-In Theatre RosebushIsabella
 Sundowner Drive-In Theatre Traverse CityGrand Traverse
 Sunset Auto Theatre HartfordVan Buren
 Sunset Drive-In MansfieldState of OH
 Sunset Drive-In Theatre LapeerLapeer
 Sunset Drive-In Theatre MidlandMidland
 Superior Drive-In Theatre MunisingAlger
 Tawas Drive-In Theatre East TawasIosco
 Thunder Bay Drive-In Theatre AlpenaAlpena
 Tiffin Drive-In Theater TiffinState of OH
 Town and Country Drive-In I & II BucyrusState of OH
 Town Drive-In Theatre RedfordWayne
 Traverse Drive-In Theatre Traverse CityGrand Traverse
 Tri-City Drive-In Theatre QuinnessecDickinson
 Tri-Way Drive-In Theatre PlymouthState of IN
 Troy Drive-In Theatre TroyOakland
 Tuscola Drive-In Theatre Bay CityBay
 Twilite Drive-In Theatre SaginawSaginaw
 Twin Hi-Way Drive-In McKees RocksState of PA
 University Drive-In Theatre Ann ArborWashtenaw
 US-23 Drive-In Theater FlintGenesee
 Valley Drive-In East & West OceansideState of CA
 Van Buren Drive-In RiversideState of CA
 Van Dyke Drive-In Theatre WarrenMacomb
 Vineland Drive-In City of IndustryState of CA
 Vista Drive-In Theatre WalkerKent
 Walake Drive-In Theatre Walled LakeOakland
 Walled Lake Drive-In Theatre Walled LakeOakland
 Waterford Drive-In Theatre WaterfordOakland
 Wayne Drive-In Theatre WayneWayne
 West Point Drive-In Theatre Battle CreekCalhoun
 West Side Drive-In Theatre FlintGenesee
 West Side Drive-In Theatre Oak ParkOakland
 Western Drive-In South BendState of IN
 Willow Drive-In Theatre BellevilleWayne
 Winter Drive-In WintersvilleState of OH
 Woodland Drive-In Theatre KentwoodKent
 Ypsi-Ann Drive-In Theatre Ann ArborWashtenaw
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