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9/15/2021 - Family Theatre - Detroit - James Ellul
I am the son of the owner (Joseph Ellul Sr) of the Family/Follies Theater.

I was the Manager during the change in the name as well the Builder of the Stage for the New direction of the movie theater to Burlesque. My Father Joseph Ellul Was an Immigrant from the Island of Malta. He came to the USA very young, Alone. Found his way to Detroit and worked at Auto Plants as many hard working new Americans did.

He also owned and operated the Colony Theater and Empress Theater in Detroit, Later Buying out the partners of the Mount Clements Drive-In Theater as well in the early 60's.I do have some other photos that I will retrieve for you.Regards, James (Jimi) Ellul.
9/15/2021 - Motor City Dragway - New Baltimore - James Ellul
Summer of 1970, racing my 40 Ford at Motor City Drag Strip. Partner of the Mt Clemens Drive-In Theater..Photos will be sent email, Thank you
9/15/2021 - M-60 Drive-In Theatre - Mendon - Kenneth Scharrer
I use to drive by this place alot.

I saw a sign on the ticket booth that I thought was cool. I found the owner of the property and bought it. It's a hand painted sign that has the admission price and rules. I would be happy to send you a picture of it.

I have it im my gameroom.Ken S.
9/6/2021 - University Drive-In Theatre - Ann Arbor - Howard Parks
Cinemark now sits on the property.
8/24/2021 - Mt. Clemens Race Track - Mount Clemens - jim romanow
I believe the 43 blue Dodge was Bob Merrifield in a Chrysler kit car. just fyi
8/24/2021 - Northern Michigan Speedway - Elmira - Chris Downey
The track is still active. Saturday night racing for 2021Limited Late models, open/limited modified, ABC stock cars, 4 cylinders, mini wedges and karts. Open tire rule for all classes except kart and wedges.August 14, Full show plus bonfire August 28, Full show plus Enduro race and bonfireSeptember 4, Full show and trailer races/night of destruction and bonfire.
8/24/2021 - Flynn Theatre - Sawyer - Leslie Sullivan
The Flynn Theatre offices are now housing the Coastline Children's Film Festival and the Michigan office of Ann Krsul Architecture. The visual artist still has his studio space in the main theater area.
8/8/2021 - Ionia Drive-In Theatre - Ionia - David Fuller
I just purchase a set of Drive in speakers that said "Ionia, Mi. DRIVE IN THEATER! The seller was from Arizona and thought it was LONIA, MI. Lol I plan to full restore these.
8/3/2021 - Booker T Theatre - Detroit - Joe Vogel
There is a short article about the new Booker T Theatre on page 48 of the Modern Theatre section of Boxoffice, issue of March 4, 1950. Architect Ted Rogvoy drew the plans for the conversion of a former garage into a 1000 seat theater including a stage for live performances. It was the first new theater intended to serve black audiences to be opened in Detroit in a dozen years.
8/1/2021 - Star Theatre - Gaylord - Melissa Harrison
My boyfriend and I stumbled across your page while on our quest for old theaters.

We visited the Gaylord Theater and made it a mission to try and find which building was the Old Star Theater. We were pretty confident we had located the building based on the exterior structures. We went in and talked to the owner of the current building but she wasn’t aware of it ever being a theater and only of it at one point being an insurance agency. The building still has the original hardwood floors, as well as the original wall.

After leaving there we began our internet search and were able to find an old postcard on the county historical site advertising a running of the movie “The Mark of Zorro”. Based on the info from that I knew the theater was open for sure in 1924. Then was able to google Gaylord businesses in the 1920’s and stumbled across the information I needed to know it was open in the 20’s and 30’s, and with photos from the historical society we can conclude it was closed by the 40’s. The address of where the theater once was is 240 W Main Street, Gaylord.

We are going to email all the photos we have to you. Thanks for such a great site. We’ve been visiting old theaters from Calumet down the UP and wish we would have discovered this site before then. We have some other photos and information on other theaters if you are interested in them.

8/1/2021 - Bel Air Drive-In Theatre - Detroit - Cameron Rogers
Such a shame that the drive in was replaced by a shopping center that didn't even last long. The place is almost completely vacant now except the current cinema somehow is still active. The target, toys r us and everything else closed.
8/1/2021 - MJR Universal Grand Cinema 16 - Warren - Cameron Rogers
This cinema is still open and it's actually pretty cool.

When they demolished the Universal Mall they left about 50 percent of the wing leading up to the theater standing and now is part of the main lobby to the cinema. Some of the mall storefronts are now part of the cinemas main lobby. If you compare photos of the old universal mall with current photos of the cinema you can see the hallway in question. The two side entrances of the cinema are also holdovers from the now gone enclosed mall.

8/1/2021 - Livonia Mall Cinema - Livonia - Cameron Rogers
I live in nearby Belleville and can confirm the cinema and mall has been demolished entirely with the exception of the sears building and a small mall hallway which used to contain a restaurant and Joannes fabrics. Walmart, Kohl's and a couple strip malls now sit where the mall was.
8/1/2021 - Kentwood Cinemark 14 - Kentwood - Chuck Sutton
Celebration Cinema had been running it as second run theater. They decided not to renew the lease and not reopen after COVID. It was announced Phoenix theaters will reopen the location in fall 2021 as first run theater.
8/1/2021 - Belvil Theatre - Belleville - Cameron Rogers
I currently live in Belleville and find it really weird that unlike most other Michigan cities of this size where we have everything fast food and supercenters like Meijer, we for some reason don't have a movie theater at all. You have to go over to Canton or Ypsilanti for the closest cinema. It's weird.
8/1/2021 - AMC Cinemas - Jackson - Cameron Rogers
This theater went through a full renovation a few years ago and changed to AMC cinemas and is no longer called plaza cinemas. It permanently closed last year and is not going to reopen. The site is for sale.
7/20/2021 - Thunderbird Dragway - Muskegon - Randy Panozzo
Does anyone know what going on with the drag strip i see it for sale a while back but now its off the market
7/17/2021 - Northern Michigan Dragway - Bear Lake - Brian Ledford
Bowtie Challenge provides amazing finish(From NMD Email Shoutout)photo:  Dru Williams of Manton was quick and consistent with his Chevy Nova, celebrating his second championship of the season in Grand Rapids Machine Repair Top Doorslammer.

 His three winning run elapsed times were 4.51, 4.52 and 4.51 at 159 miles per hour.

The 2021 Bowtie Challenge brought a multitude of storylines.  In this 11th-annual competition, the Chevy racers compete head-to-head with competitive makes, and a point is given to the "Bowtie/Chevy" team for every time they win a match-up, and vice-versa for the competition, aka "The World."   The Northern Michigan Dragway event began Thursday evening, with the Chevy racers falling behind early by a score of 27-18 in preliminary Eriksen Towing & Recovery Street Trophy competition.   A Harley-Davidson racer, Dan Marcinkowski from Kaleva, was the Thursday night winner.

Friday's racing found a new track record in Grand Rapids Machine Repair Top Doorslammer, as Sean "Showtime" Nagy of Houghton Lake had his newest Ford Mustang race car in qualifying.   He blasted through the 1/8-mile with an elapsed time of 4.17 seconds for a new record E., matching his previous-best speed of 168 miles-per-hour.  Nagy claimed the top qualifier position in the "Quick 8" field.Racing action was outstanding in all classes.   Bowtie racers collected a victory in SK Customs Pro Trophy as Brian Boeve of Nunica won with his Chevy S-10.

 The World, however, took wins in three classes.  Mark Daniels of South Boardman topped Pro Systems Bracket I with his Pontiac Firebird.  Chad Brintnell of McBain drove his Ford Fairmont to the Hlavka Heating and Cooling Bracket II victory.  Each racer collected $2,000 for his efforts.

  The Street Trophy victory was captured by Manistee's Kevin Wood in a Ford Mustang, earning himself $600.Despite allowing the World racers to take three of four class wins, the Bowtie racers managed enough late-round finishes to bring the score back to a tie by the end of Friday competition.Heading into the final day, the stage was set for another classic finish Saturday evening.  However, the Bowtie faithful found their hopes becoming dashed by the end of round 2 competition.

 At one point, they trailed by 19 points.  Every race match-up was crucial for the Bowties to mount a comeback in round three of each class.Manton's Dru WIlliams' Chevy Nova was able to hold off Nagy's Mustang in round 2 of Top Doorslammer.  Williams then defeated Stanton's Brad Rentsman in an all-Chevy final round, claiming the $2,000 prize.

 This may have been the spark the Chevy racers were needing.In Bracket I, Jared Ledford of Greenville picked up crucial Bowtie points, as he was the last stock-bodied vehicle in competition with his Chevy Camaro, as he was eventually ousted in a 6th-round semi-final by Fountain's Madisyn McCormick with her dragster.  Madisyn then advanced to a very special event, a $3,000 final against her father, Jeremy McCormick.  Jeremy was the beneficiary of a final-round foul start by his daughter, and claimed the championship with his dragster.

Pro Trophy and Bracket II divisions found several Bowtie racers with outstanding finishes, to help set the stage for a remarkable comeback.  Against the odds, the Bowtie racers clawed their way back to striking distance by the end of round 6.  The Pro Trophy class had three of them winning their way into a 7th-round semi-final, racking up wins for Bowtie each round.  David Evans of Benzonia bowed out in the semi-final against the superb teenage sensation from Bailey, Cody Marlatt.

 The youngster earned a trip to his first final-round appearance in his Chevy Vega.  Jim Bacon of Luther took the solo pass "bye-run" into the final with his Chevy Nova.  Bacon claimed the Pro Trophy championship with his win in the 8th-round final.    Due to head-to-head Bowtie Challenge match-ups becoming increasingly scarce, Bracket II found all the pressure and the fate of the Bowties on the steering wheel of one racer.

  A crucial 6th-round quarter-final matchup was to be had by North Branch racer George McConnell in a Chevy Malibu "The Aggravator."  The lead had been trimmed to 1 point.  His opponent was a super-tough Mopar competitor in Kaleva's Al McChesney with his Plymouth Belvedere.With the NMD loudspeakers playing the Electric Light Orchestra classic song "Don't Bring me Down" the tension was as high as ever.

 The race was quickly decided with a foul start by Mopar.  The Bowtie faithful celebrated the satisfaction of coming back to a tie score, where they had started the day's racing.  A pair of Chevy racers then squared off as Kaleva's Travis Mardlin drove his S-10 to a win over Jonesville's Derek Shaw in a Camaro.  The last Mopar racer, Tommy Aretakis of Ray advanced to round 7 with his bye-run in a Plymouth Barracuda.

Three cars remained in the $7,500-to-win race.  Mardlin earned the bye-run to the final due to his best reaction time in his 6th round win.   The stage was set, yet again, with all the pressure on McConnell in his Malibu, as he faced yet another dominant Mopar racer in Aretakis.  Both drivers left with nearly-identical reaction time, and the win light came on for the Malibu.

 It was announced that McConnell was the "hero of the day" for the Bowtie fans.  In the 8th-round final, Travis Mardlin grabbed the win for the largest payout of his young racing career, and re-established himself atop the 2021 NMD points standings for Bracket II.In junior classes held Thursday and Friday, Tyler Thompson of Grawn won both nights in ModuGo Mini-Juniors.   Thirlby Advanced Juniors also ran the first two nights.

Carley Guerne of Bear Lake picked up the Thursday win, while Leah Helsel of Manton won Saturday.NMD management was pleased to see another participation record set for the event, as the total number of race entries surpassed 684 for the weekend.  The previous record turnout (2020) was 636 entries.Racing action continues the next two weekends.

 This coming weekend features Street Nights, sponsored by Thirlby Automotive on Friday starting at 5 pm.   Saturday resumes the NMD 2021 points series with a full race program in all bracket classes, with time trials slated for 1 pm and eliminations beginning at 4 pm.The following weekend, the 24th Annual Mopars Against the World, sponsored by Allstar Performance and Pertronix, will take place, starting Thursday, July 22nd.  NMD is located 3 miles north of Kaleva on Potter Road.

  For further information, visit the social media page, see NorthernMichiganDragway.com, or call (231)218-2657Brian & Rebecca LedfordNorthernMichiganDragway.comTrack Manager & Promotions(231)218-2657 (231)429-4411.
7/3/2021 - Sunset Speedway - Port Huron - Steven MacDuff
I am looking for any pictures of the Sunset Speedway back in the early fifties.

If anyone has any pictures of the car number " 3+1", the driver is Fred MacDuff, he is my father and my family has been looking through all of his pictures and all of my father's pictures of him and his car are gone out of the albums, but I have pictures of many car's and there drivers. None of my father, if anyone can please help. that would be most appreciative. I will get through the rest of these pictures and in the next few day's, I will post pictures of the track and the drivers that I have.

Thank You in advance..
7/1/2021 - Northern Michigan Dragway - Bear Lake - BRIAN L LEDFORD
6/27/2021FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEKaleva-Race fans had a big letdown this past weekend as the 11th Annual Bowtie Challenge was forced to be postponed due to the weather.

. Northern Michigan Dragway's entire race weekend was rescheduled two weeks down the calendar; July 8-10. Next up on NMD's 2021 schedule is this coming weekend's God Bless America Race Saturday, July 3rd. The Hlavka Heating and Cooling sponsored race will be the 6th event of 18 TNT Specialized Transport points series annual events.

Travis Mardlin of Kaleva is off to a hot start this season, leading both Bracket I and II divisions, seeking his first championship. David Evans of Benzonia is leading the pack and looking for his fifth-straight championship in Pro Trophy. John Root of Manton, back-to-back champ, is again leading in Advanced Juniors, while Jesse Persinger of Free Soil is leading in Mini Juniors. NMD's Rider class has an exciting new sponsor, Authentic 231, and a 6-race series debuts Saturday.

The class features motorcycles and snowmobile riders, and is sure to bring even more excitement to the events they're running. Time trials are set to begin at 1 pm on Saturday, with eliminations starting at approximately 4 pm.. NMD is located 3 miles north of Kaleva on Potter Road.

For further information, visit the social media page, see NorthernMichiganDragway.com, or call (231)218-2657..
6/28/2021 - Lee Theatre - Whitmore Lake - Jacob Donner
The Lee Theater actually stood in the small parking lot to the south of the Coney building. The theater and restaurant portion were actually attached to each other. The restaurant survived the fire and the bowling alley was later added on.
6/28/2021 - St. Alma Speedway - St. Louis - Linda
Orlin Teegardin, Gene Simcox and Earl Fortney all raced here. Loved watching the old races when I was a kid.
6/19/2021 - Lake Lansing Amusement Park - Lansing - Anita Berning
Wish they would bring that all back
6/16/2021 - Myrtle Theatre - Detroit - Steve Stocker
My grandfather, Jacob Stocker, was the owner of the Myrtle.

My father, Seymour Stocker, inherited from Jacob when he died. My father owned the theater until it closed in 1950. As a young boy I would go to work with my dad and help him in the projection booth. Fun memories of father-son times.

6/14/2021 - Motor City Dragway - New Baltimore - Chuck Marlin
Don W .

. . Thanks for the post in 2020 with the name of Billy Salvetta and the Screamin Dago car. I'm attempting to get a pic .

. anyone have any ideas? I'd love to get any video in the archives of a TV station? Anyone have a connection or recall who broadcast the weekend recaps they use to provide on Sunday evenings? .
6/14/2021 - Main Art Theatre - Royal Oak - Cameron Kanachki
As of June 12, 2021, the Main Art Theatre is closed. https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/oakland/2021/06/12/main-art-theatre-royal-oak-closing/7667560002/
6/10/2021 - Four Star Theatre - Grand Rapids - WlndDavid
The building has NOT been torn down.

Popeyes Chicken is next door. As of 6-10-21 there is an article on MLive about the new owner planning on restoration.Link to article: https://www.mlive.

5/31/2021 - Millburg Fairgrounds - Millburg - jeffbieri1@att.net
I remember going there as a a kid 8-13.

I raced motocross, but we loved watching are friends race flat track. I remember a night a guy flew over the fence and landed on the third row of cars. I think he was killed. Bob Larsen owned the Yamaha shop.

He jumped some cars during halftime and his front tire collapsed like a pancake. It was great racing. Us kids would bring are bicycles and ride the pits. I had a Yamaha bicycle.

Great reports. My dad knew ken and Jerry the owners. It’s cool that flat track is making a huge come back. Use to go to Illinois and watch jay Springsteen and the camel race series.

There was also a racer from mill burg track that was also a contender. .
5/18/2021 - Crescent Theater - Grand Haven - Bobbi Sabine
The Crescent Theater opened on Christmas Eve, 1928. It closed on October 3, 1939.
5/9/2021 - Fremont Theatre - Fremont - Cinema Treasures
The January 16, 1939, issue of The Film Daily reported that a new theater being built at Fremont, Michigan, for Harold Hedler would be completed about March 1.

The architect was Joseph Krenek, who was also the contractor. The 468-seat house opened as the Oz Theatre, and was listed under that name in the Film Daily Yearbook at least as late as 1970. Sometime between then and 1982, when this photo was taken, it was renamed the Fremont Theatre. Its site is now partly occupied by a pedestrian passage to the parking lot behind the shops along the block.

[Joe Vogel].

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