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11/22/2020 - Krim Theatre - Highland Park - Angie Steinman
Hi, I am hoping to hear back from Lillian Murdock-Angelo.

My great grand father Jerry Carman purchased The Club Monterey at Las Vegas from Sol Krim, owner of the Krim Theater in Hiland Park, MI in 1948. Jerry was a dancer and he bought the Club Monterey with a partner, Joseph Shamaly, who owned The 402 Club in Port Huron, MI. Curious if you knew my great grandfather. HE would have been about 50 years old at the time.

Angie dowagiacrentals at yahoo love to hear from anyone..
11/22/2020 - St. Alma Speedway - St. Louis - Darrell Hundey
Les Studer and Everrt Jellison also raced there. Dick Crowley broadcast the races on WFYC radio. I was only 4 or 5 years old but I rode in the wrecker with Al Small. It was a fun place especially when my dad won.
11/22/2020 - Camelot 1-2-3 - Dearborn - Chuck Dujsik
Hi my name is Chuck Dujisk. I was a usher at the Circle during the late 50’s I wonder if this web page is still active. Please respond if you interested in some memories about the Circle.
11/17/2020 - Motor City Speedway - Warren Township - David E Lyall
The X-10 car was out of a Ferndale Shell station, and was driven by Bob Holloway. It was one of the front runners from 1952 to 1954, the heyday of the Hardtops as they were called at Motor City Speedway.
11/13/2020 - Crystal Theatre - Detroit - Valrie Marks Kantorski
I have a photocopy of a programme from the Crystal Theatre dated 1906.

I see from info on this site that this original theatre was torn down and a new one was built across the street in 1938 to accommodate the widening of Michigan Avenue. The program lists the names of the Executive Staff, including C. Fritz Marks, who was my paternal grandfather. I particularly enjoyed noticing the words, REFINED VAUDEVILLE immediately below the name CRYSTAL THEATRE! I will submit my photocopy to the administrator of this website.

Fritz Marks ( played piano and organ in vaudeville in theaters all over Detroit and greater environs. He was also in the society orchestra of Henry Ford's, playing for galas and other events..
11/11/2020 - Lakeview Theatre - St. Clair Shores - Helen blower
My maiden name was Williams graduated from Lake shore high school in 1953.

Not sure what year I worked behind the candy counter maybe 1951 or 52. Those were the good all days two movies cartoons and news reels. I’m sure I have pictures somewhere of my friends in front of the theater. In the beehive restaurant next-door to it.

I know I have a picture of myself and the manager don’t remember his name in front of the building also. If I should find the pictures I will let you know. Helen.
11/11/2020 - Irving Theatre - Detroit - Rick
Always a treat to go to the Irving. Saw Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid here around 1969.
11/1/2020 - Kendallville Speedway - Kendall - John Berry
The North East to South West oval is still present. East of 2nd Street North of West G Ave.
11/1/2020 - Hornes Speedbowl - Reed City - Anthony Vinton
I believe I've found where the track use to be and a historical picture of the track as well.
10/27/2020 - Harper Theatre - Detroit - TM
They were open in the late 60’s. It was the next closest to my neighborhood once the Uptown closed.
10/27/2020 - Mercury Theatre - Detroit - Rita Dabney
I woke up this morning after having a dream about The Mercury Movie Theater.

We used to go there in the 60's and 70's when I was a little girl. What I remembered mostly about the theater was the astrological pictures on the ceiling. They were amazing!!! They even glowed in the dark!I wish there were photos of it. Thank you for having this site.

The Mercury Movie Theater was a beautiful gem. Sad that it is gone..
10/18/2020 - Huron Theatre - Ubly - Mike Reisner
This building has the beautiful new facade on it and has been used every storage building quite a few years now.
10/18/2020 - Goldfront Theatre - Cheboygan - Jason
This has since been torn down and the lot is vacant.
10/12/2020 - Regent Theatre - Jackson - Nancy Sisk Young
During years 1934-1936 we lived in Jackson and I was often requested to dance between movies, which were double features back then.

I was only 4 and 5 years old and I was the Shirley Temple style dancer. I only have an old letter from them written to my mother with instructions on what to wear, time to be there, etc. It's all so long ago, I realize, but I was wondering if there are any old show billings or news articles from that time where this information may be recorded and/or copies obtained. My name was Nancy Ann Guignet and my parents were Roy and Ethel Guignet.

I believe my father was employed at a company called Hartman's at the time, but I may be wrong. I have many wonderful memories of Jackson from those days. Loved our backyard fenced with wonderful grapevines covering it Off hand, I can't recall the address. however.

It should be on a census for that time, however..
10/6/2020 - Cherry Speedway - Fife Lake - Cole Maxson
I'd heard stories from around Traverse about the racetrack. However it closed in 2015 after a new owner bought it. In 2016, a new track was proposed in the nearby Boardman Township in Kalkaska County. However, I don't believe it never came to fruition.
10/6/2020 - Center Raceway - Grawn - Cole Maxson
No traces are left of the raceway anymore. Just a gravel pit off Lemcool Road.
10/1/2020 - Michigan State Fairgrounds - Detroit - Walter Hermance
What a waste of land the old Fair Grounds are. The State must be losing money in Taxes. We could have had a rade track of some kind bringing in money from any event held there.
10/1/2020 - Kellogg Field - Battle Creek - Terry Brandli
I lived in Battle Creek but didn't have my own car until 1964. By then they where not racing any longer at Kellogg field. The information I was told was the club wanted to buy the strip they where using but instead of selling the strip or the rights to continue using it, the city closed it to drag racing.
9/26/2020 - Tel-Ex Cinemas - Southfield - Garrick Dew
I was an usher at around 85 to 86.

Favorite time there was when we showed Breakfast Club. Worst movie was Care bears. There were alot of really great people that worked there. I joined the Airforce at 18, but I have many fond memories working there.

9/26/2020 - Meredith Drive-In Theatre - Meredith - Tracey Puhar Shell
In 1986 my parents Alex an Sharon Puhar owned the Meredith Drive Inn along with the Restaurant Shar Al's (1975 purchased) we closed the drive inn after the summer of 1988, selling it later in the mid 90's tonwho has it today. The Restaurant was operated for 35 years by our family after the passing of my mo. In 2002, we kept it until 2012.
9/19/2020 - Nordic Theatre - Marquette - Ray Roney

:) This theatre Address is actually 136 W. Washington, Marquette, MI. The Google Maps is incorrect also, and should be updated. Thanks for keeping this site going as it's a treasure-trove of info that is invaluable to keeping the memories of these theatres and other attractions still alive and going.

:) - Ray..
9/14/2020 - EMagine Canton - Canton - Cameron Kanachki
They have added a Super EMAX auditorium in the theater, like the auditorium at Emagine Novi. The Canton Super EMAX opened with The Rise of Skywalker. The Canton & Novi screens are the biggest in Michigan.
9/14/2020 - Lincoln Park 8 - Lincoln Park - Cameron Kanachki
I was in the old parking lot about a month & a half ago. The Star Theatres sign is still there.
9/14/2020 - Greenville Drive-In Theatre - Greenville - Kerry Gunderman
My father, Jim Gunderman, went to work for the Chipmans in the early 60’s.

He worked at the Greenville Drive-In for 20+ years. He also worked at the Ionia Drive-In, and the Belding Theater/Roller rink. It was a big part of my entire childhood. We spent many a weekend there cleaning up trash, collecting and repairing speakers, etc.

It was also a big playground. When we were done working, we would ride our mini bikes and go-carts on the property. Once we started driving, it was a great place to “socialize. ” There is not a feeling I have ever experienced in my life, quite like getting to the Drive-In before dusk and anticipating the start of the movies.

It was always magical, no matter how old I was..
9/14/2020 - Waterford Hills Raceway - Clarkston - Bobby Fehan
Waterford Hills Raceway is were I started my road racing career. What a great time we had, with a great group of people.
9/8/2020 - Ionia Drive-In Theatre - Ionia - Kerry Gunderman
My father went to work for the Chipman’s around 1961 or 62.

He managed the Greenville Drive-In exclusively for 21 years, and was an off and on Manager of Ionia Drive-In and a theater in downtown Belding. The theater had a roller rink above it which he was also in charge of. Unfortunately, Belding tore down most everything on Main Street to build the mall. The Chipmans also built Drive-In’s, in which my father was part of the building crew.

I recall him working on the one in Mt. Pleasant and another further north that I can’t think recall right now. The Chipmans sold their interests and Russ moved to the Florida Keys. I had an opportunity to speak to him in the early 80s.

The Chipmans were good people and we’re good to our family..
9/4/2020 - Motor City Speedway - Warren Township - Mike Cuddington
My dad who is 73 was just talking about this race track and recalls a race car he thinks was the number X-10 and was sponsored by a shell gas station in Ferndale. I think he said this was back in the late 50's early 60's. Anyone recall this car or have pics? I think he said it was a 40 Ford maybe?.
9/1/2020 - Monroe Speedway - Monroe - Evan05
You can see that the track was where the current Monroe County Fair is held every year.

NASCAR ran one race at this track on Sunday, July 6, 1952. This was the 20th race of the 1952 season. 15 drivers started this race, while only 9 continued the 200 Lap/100 Mile race on the. 500 mile dirt track.

Tim Flock qualified on pole at 57. 6 MPH. The race lasted a little over 2 hours and only two drivers finished the race on the lead lap, them being the winner Tim Flock in his #91 and second place Herb Thomas' #92 (both in 1952 Hudson's). Lee Petty finished 3rd in his iconic #42, completing 199 Laps when the checkered flag flew.

The average speed of the race was 44. 5 MPH. This win was Flock's 6th of the 1952 season and the 14th of his career. He went on to win two more races that season and ended up winning the 1952 NASCAR Grand National Championship.

The earliest aerial I found of this track was in 1957, when the track was already deteriorating. The last you can see of the track surface is in 1973. The grandstands stood there for a decent period of time after the track wasn't being used anymore. Somewhere between 1993-2000, they took the grandstand down to make more room for the expanding 'Monroe County Fair'.

Your Welcome! Any more questions. just ask..
9/1/2020 - Prairie River Speedway - Centreville - Byron Samuels
Looking for no. 80 my dad and mom both raced there I was born in 1949 and looking for pictures ours got destroyed.
8/28/2020 - Edgewater Park - Detroit - Dennis Ross
All of the recollections bring back quite pleasant memories.

I too worked at Edgewater Park, during the summers of 1973 & 74. My first real job. On day 1 I remember my boss, Nollie Wisehart (sp), handing me a pickup stick and trash bags. He offered a ride on his motorized cart out to the really large gravel parking lot, instructing me to “clean it up”.

Four hours later Nollie rolled back out there and sat speechless, dragging on a cigarette. I had collected every gum wrapper, cigarette butt, cup, scrap of paper, popsicle stick, and unmentionables in sight. I must have passed his test, cause he gave me a ride back into the park and never sent me out there again. But, no one escaped cleanup duty after closing.

I spent those two summers performing ride maintenance and serving as one of two break men (giving ride operators lunch & dinner breaks). One of the most significant feel good moments of my life was being trusted to operate the roller coaster. Braking the coaster was completely manual, unlike modern computer-controlled attractions. That aspect made for some nervous moments during early signs of rain.

I used to entertain the patrons who stood around the top of the Rotor waiting to ride, by standing up and out from the wall as the ride spun at full speed. I received quite a lecture when I did it at Cedar Point. Edgewater was one of the most interesting and fun places I’ve ever worked.

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