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Grand River Drive-In Theatre


Address: 30200 Grand River
City: Farmington State: MI Zip: 48336 Phone:  
County: Oakland
Notes: 3 Screens
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Open: 1949 (4-15-49) AD Closed: 1988 (7-20-88)  
Capacity: 750 (1957) - 1200 (1977) - 1100 (1988)
Owner History: Community Theatres
Number of visits to this page since Sept 2013: 13763
 
 

12/15/2014 - LISA COVERT
LOT A FUN BACK IN THE 70S. THE GUYS WOULD STREAK AND THEY HOLD THE DOOR SHUT IT WAS SO FUNNY. LOT OF GREAT TIMES.
1/9/2012 - Doug Reed
I worked there in 1976. i worked in the concession stand. after it closed for the nite,i used to sit in the back corner with my 1971 RoadRunner and chase down peole who ran the exit road. lots of fun.

2/7/2010 - Ted Martin
I used to go to the Grand River Drive In all the time from 1962 to about 1967. The drive in was on the Target site. The homes along the wall by the parking lot used to be able to watch the movies on their backyards. If you look at the aerial views from historicaerials. com you can see this.

When you would exit the drive in going out to Grand River you would actually be driving along the back of Target & Kohls.
8/19/2005 - Sean Doerr
Ford-Wyoming has some of the speakers from the Grand River Drive-In that are currently being used.
3/29/2004 - John Asselin
At the end, it had three screens. I believe the two additional screens were built around 1983.
3/10/2004 - John Lauter
Correction here - the Drive in stood where Target and the parking areas for that strip mall sit today--not the Chevy dealer. The Chevy dealer (then KA Roger Peck Chev) was there concurrent to the latter days of the Drive-in operation. I worked there, briefly in 1976. There was no small amount of animosity between the car dealer and the drive in operators, who once allowed an extremely disgruntled customer to park his lemon of a Chevy in the exit of the drive in with a huge sign reading Roger Peck Chevrolet sold me this lemon. The marquee was along Grand River ave, and the screen was perpendicular along the west property line, next to the Chevy dealer.

3/8/2004 - Keith Collins
Target is just to the west of the old drive-in property. A Chevy dealer is actually on the original site. This drive- in theatre and the A&W 2 blocks to the west, were a few of Farmingtons finest entertainment spots in the 1960s.
1/6/2003 - Drive-Ins.com
I think a Target is there now. Lost in the 80s with rising property values, had AM radio, 2 screens. Lynette A. Starr.
Grand River Drive-In Theatre - FROM AMERICAN CLASSIC IMAGES
FROM AMERICAN CLASSIC IMAGES
Grand River Drive-In Theatre - OLD PHOTO FROM HARRY SKRDLA
OLD PHOTO FROM HARRY SKRDLA
Grand River Drive-In Theatre - OLD PICTURE
OLD PICTURE
Grand River Drive-In Theatre - OLD PICTURE
OLD PICTURE
Grand River Drive-In Theatre - OLD PICTURE
OLD PICTURE
Grand River Drive-In Theatre - NOW - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
NOW - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
Grand River Drive-In Theatre - CLOSING NIGHT
CLOSING NIGHT
Grand River Drive-In Theatre - TICKET BOOTH - PHOTO FROM RG
TICKET BOOTH - PHOTO FROM RG
Grand River Drive-In Theatre - MARQUEE - PHOTO FROM RG
MARQUEE - PHOTO FROM RG
Grand River Drive-In Theatre - MARQUEE - PHOTO FROM RG
MARQUEE - PHOTO FROM RG
Grand River Drive-In Theatre - SPEAKER - PHOTO FROM RG
SPEAKER - PHOTO FROM RG
Grand River Drive-In Theatre - GRAND RIVER GRAND OPENING AD 4-15-49 FROM MICHIGANDRIVEINS
GRAND RIVER GRAND OPENING AD 4-15-49 FROM MICHIGANDRIVEINS
Grand River Drive-In Theatre - NEWS ARTICLE 7-22-88
NEWS ARTICLE 7-22-88
Grand River Drive-In Theatre - NEWS ARTICLE
NEWS ARTICLE
Grand River Drive-In Theatre - MATCHBOOK
MATCHBOOK
Grand River Drive-In Theatre - AERIAL - PHOTO FROM TERRASERVER
AERIAL - PHOTO FROM TERRASERVER
Grand River Drive-In Theatre - OLD AERIAL
OLD AERIAL

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