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Video: Commerce Marquee May Be Restored

The Commerce Drive-In of Walled Lake MI opened in July 1956 and closed after the 1990 season. Its marquee sat there rusting away for a couple of decades, then got tagged by graffiti this past January. That was the last straw for area real estate agent Val McFarland, who launched a GoFundMe campaign to restore…

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Apr. 18: Starlite Drive-In Theatre, Wichita KS

It’s Day 108 of my virtual Drive-In-a-Day Odyssey. After leaving the Midway Drive-In Theatre near Osawatomie, I soon picked up the Kansas Turnpike and finished my two-hour drive to the Starlite Drive-In Theatre in Wichita. The Starlite began its life as the single-screen Rainbow in 1953. The drive-in underwent extensive renovation in 1974, including a large new projection and concession building and…

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