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Marysville Drive-In Theatre - Marysville MI

Address: 1120 Gratiot
City: Marysville
State: MI
Zip: 48040
County: St. Clair
Open: (1950)
Closed: N/A
Capacity: 900
Owner History: Wisper-Wetsman
Number of visits to this page: 11029
General Information:

Source: Andy Gray

Our family’s list of Johnson Construction Company projects lists the Marysville Drive-In as a "1946-47" job. However 1950 is the correct timeframe. My grandfather Al Johnson's nine slides of the project show the tower (screen) being raised and several views of the screen, projection/concession building, fences, ticket booth and other elements. All nine slides were taken in August and September 1950.

The first two slides are among the few in his collection that show drive-in tower framing being constructed onsite by bolting dimensional lumber together and then raising each upright into position by hand using ropes, and block and tackle (vs. prefabricated trusses or steel framing placed by a crane). The drive-in was demolished in 1988. The Cinema Treasures website says: "The theatre was listed as opening in the early-1950’s (50-51)."

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Info Updates:
6/9/2017 - Michael Bennett
Television was non-existent in Smith's Creek when I was growing up and the Marysville Drive In was best family entertainment option available at the time. I still remember well how frighten I was when my Dad took the family to see the Thing from another World in 1951, staring James Arness as the Thing. I loved the swings up front by the screen for our use during intermission and waiting for the second movie to start. The popcorn and food at the concession stand was second to none. All good memories from 1950 to 1959 for me. Some call this progress. I call it our lose for the difference between then and now. Michael Bennett.
2/8/2011 - JACK SEELEY
I was co owner and full time operator of the Marysville Drive In from Aug 18th, 1861 to May 1971. My partner and I installed electric in car heaters there and created a year round operation. the only out door theater in St Clair County ever to do so. We also made the theater into a 1st run movie operation and built the business up tremendously. This was not happy news for the Butterfield Chain who owned and operated the Huron theater downtown Port Huron. where people had to go inside an enclose building to see the new movies first. now they could take the whole family in the warmer months and see the new movies. under the stars in their own automobile. My partner and my timing in selling when we did was at the business' peek performance. and a stroke of foresight seldom seen. either then or to this day.
6/14/2007 - Bo Slendak
Belonged to my Grandfarther,Alex Slendak, Seeing this picture and what happened caused me to reflect on the great days I had there as a kid.. Grandma and pops as we called him packed them in on Friday and Saturday.. They also owned the St. Clair movie theater in downtown. We use to go pheasant hunting behind the old theater... Sad to see it go..They had the best fireworks in the world on 4th of July....Sad for progress,, strip mall. Just what the world needs is another strip mall!!!
1/6/2003 - WaterWinterWonderland
Everything is gone, shopping center occupies lot.
 Photos:22
Marysville Drive-In Theatre - 1950 SHOT FROM A S AL JOHNSON
1950 SHOT FROM A S AL JOHNSON
Marysville Drive-In Theatre - OLD PHOTO
OLD PHOTO
Marysville Drive-In Theatre - 1950 SHOT FROM A S AL JOHNSON
1950 SHOT FROM A S AL JOHNSON
Marysville Drive-In Theatre - 1950 SHOT FROM A S AL JOHNSON
1950 SHOT FROM A S AL JOHNSON
Marysville Drive-In Theatre - 1950 SHOT FROM A S AL JOHNSON
1950 SHOT FROM A S AL JOHNSON
Marysville Drive-In Theatre - 1950 SHOT FROM A S AL JOHNSON
1950 SHOT FROM A S AL JOHNSON
Marysville Drive-In Theatre - 1950 SHOT FROM A S AL JOHNSON
1950 SHOT FROM A S AL JOHNSON
Marysville Drive-In Theatre - 1950 SHOT FROM A S AL JOHNSON
1950 SHOT FROM A S AL JOHNSON
Marysville Drive-In Theatre - 1950 SHOT FROM A S AL JOHNSON
1950 SHOT FROM A S AL JOHNSON
Marysville Drive-In Theatre - 1983 AERIAL PHOTO
1983 AERIAL PHOTO
Marysville Drive-In Theatre - DEMO ARTICLE
DEMO ARTICLE
Marysville Drive-In Theatre - DEMO ARTICLE
DEMO ARTICLE
Marysville Drive-In Theatre - DEMO ARTICLE
DEMO ARTICLE
Marysville Drive-In Theatre - AERIAL - PHOTO FROM TERRASERVER
AERIAL - PHOTO FROM TERRASERVER
Marysville Drive-In Theatre - OLD AERIAL
OLD AERIAL
Marysville Drive-In Theatre - 02 NOV 1958 AD
02 NOV 1958 AD
Marysville Drive-In Theatre - 09 AUG 1971 ARTICLE
09 AUG 1971 ARTICLE
Marysville Drive-In Theatre - 1973 ARTICLE ON PORT HURON AREA THEATERS (newer photo)
1973 ARTICLE ON PORT HURON AREA THEATERS (newer photo)
Marysville Drive-In Theatre - 2002 - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
2002 - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
Marysville Drive-In Theatre - JUNE 14 1958 AD
JUNE 14 1958 AD
Marysville Drive-In Theatre - JUNE 1964 AD
JUNE 1964 AD
Marysville Drive-In Theatre - REPLACED BY STRIP MALL - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
REPLACED BY STRIP MALL - PHOTO FROM WATER WINTER WONDERLAND
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