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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Video: Getty Drive-In opens for 2017

There’s not much to this story, except that it’s warm, reassuring news. Muskegon MI’s Getty Drive-In has reopened for another season, which is always cause for celebration. WZZM, Grand Rapids’ News Leader, was excited enough to publish a story with a video, giving us an opportunity once again to embed drive-in video. It includes an short interview…

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Monroe MI approves drive-in plan

Here’s yet another data point in a remarkable season of drive-in renewals. The Frenchtown Township MI planning commission has approved a special use permit and zoning adjustments to allow a developer to rebuild the Denniston Drive-In in Monroe. The next step is for the developer to submit a full site plan to the commission, according…

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Carload’s grand re-opening

In case you haven’t noticed, Carload.com is active again. The graphics are prettier, the news is as timely as ever, but there are a few changes. Carload began as a way to keep track of what was showing at Colorado drive-in theaters. Way back then, there were 12 active drive-ins in the state, most of…

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Grand opening photo takes us back to 1950

Over in The News-Herald of Southgate MI, guest writer Wallace Hayden starts with the 1950 grand opening photo of the Fort Drive-In in nearby Wyandotte. Then Hayden, the historical librarian at the Bacon Memorial District Library, weaves a thorough, interesting tale of the Fort in particular and drive-ins in general. (You’ll have to click the link…

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