Celebrating 20 Years of Beautiful Michigan History!

This web site is dedicated to preserving the wonderful history of the State of Michigan! We have over 5000 attractions featured with over 20,000 photos and thousands of information updates! Movie Theaters, Drive-Ins, Auto Racing, Amusement Parks, Motels, Resorts, Tourist Attractions and much more! Click the button in the menu to the left to see a random sample!

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 Latest Updates

Update for Thursday Aug 11th 2022

I received a great batch of new (old) photos from Andy Gray today. His grandfather, Al Johnson, many built theaters in Michigan for many years. You can see them at the links on this page under the "Latest Pictures" section below. There is 1 drive-in and 6 indoor theaters that have new photos.

Update for Monday Aug 8th 2022

Here is what I added today (so far):

Update for Sunday Aug 7th 2022

I took fresh photos of 2 malls and one indoor theater today:

Update for Sunday July 31st 2022

I took a trip up to Bay City and Midland today and took fresh photos of the following:

Update for Monday July 25th 2022

I have been going through my photo archives today and adding the following:

Update for Sunday July 24th 2022

The only updates I have for today are the following:

I added a new (old) drive-in I found out about while researching the Mikado Drive-In. It was located in Harrisville so for now I am referring to it as the Harrisville Drive-In. Like the Mikado, it operated in the early 1950's and was only open for a short time.

I also found the location of the old Spire Drive-In Theatre in Hale, MI which I have been researching on and off for many years. There are 5-6 drive-ins listed on this site that definitely existed but I have very little information on them. I will eventually get it all nailed down.

Update for Saturday July 23rd 2022

I did a road trip today and took fresh photos of the following locations:

Update for Friday July 22nd 2022

I added 6 restaurants and visited 2 malls today to get current photos:

Update for Monday July 18th 2022

I added the following restaurants today:

Update for Sunday July 17th 2022

The following is a list of locations I took new photos of on July 16th:

I also added the following restaurants:

Update for Sunday July 10th 2022

The following is a list of locations I took new photos of on July 10th:

Update for Saturday July 9th 2022

The following is a list of locations I took new photos of on July 9th:

Update for Saturday July 9th 2022

I have found new photos and information on the following theaters today. This includes some amazing photos of the old Brown City Theatre which I have been researching for months on and off.

Latest Pictures - Click Location Name to View (Ordered by Latest Photos First)
Drive-In Theatres
Tawas Drive-In Theatre - East Tawas Hi-Way Drive-In Theatre - Carsonville Hi-Road Drive-In - Kenton Mikado Drive-In Theatre - Mikado Harrisville Drive-In - Harrisville Wayne Drive-In Theatre - Wayne West Side Drive-In Theatre - Flint Spire Drive-In Theatre - Hale Starlight Drive-In Theatre - Saugatuck Cinema 2 Drive-In Theatre - Manistique Sunset Drive-In Theatre - Midland Meredith Drive-In Theatre - Meredith 55-Hi Drive-In Theatre - Houghton Lake Blue Sky Drive-In Theatre - Caseville M-53 Drive-In Theatre - Bad Axe
Indoor Theatres
Ryan Theatre - Warren Motor City Theatre - Warren Garden Theatre - Frankfort Bad Axe Theatre - Bad Axe Strand Theatre - Tecumseh Strand Theatre - Caro Flat Roc Theatre - Flat Rock State Theatre - Wayne Main Theatre - Coldwater AMC Star Great Lakes Crossing 25 - Auburn Hills La Salle Garden Theatre - Detroit City Theatre - Bay City Regent Theatre - Bay City State Theatre - Bay City Center Theatre - Bay City Roxy Theatre - Bay City Pines Theatre - Bay City Main Art Theatre - Royal Oak EMagine Canton - Canton Northland Theatre - Southfield Universal City Theatre - Warren MJR Universal Grand Cinema 16 - Warren La Parisien - Garden City Center Theatre - Holland Bay Theatre - Suttons Bay Oakdale Theatre - Hazel Park Huron Theatre - Ubly Harbor Beach Community Theatre - Harbor Beach Thumb Theatre - Deckerville Firebird Theatre - Sandusky Radio Theater - Unionville Rex Theatre - Columbiaville Center Theatre - Marlette Brown City Theater - Brown City Bay Theatre - Caseville Gem Theatre - Pigeon Lincoln Theatre - Sebewaing Lyric Theatre - Lapeer Denniston Cinemas - Monroe The Fillmore Detroit - Detroit Coliseum Theatre - Bronson Marquis Theatre - Northville Canton 7 GDX - Canton MJR Southgate Cinema 20 - Southgate EMagine Woodhaven - Woodhaven Trenton Theatre (Village Theatre) - Trenton Westborn Theatre - Dearborn Ford-Tel Theatres - Dearborn Heights Terrace Cinema 4 - Livonia Emagine Hartland - Hartland
Opera Houses
Howell Opera House - Howell Vermontville Opera House - Vermontville Tibbits Opera House - Coldwater Train's Opera House - Lowell Menominee Opera House - Menominee Alma Opera House - Alma Grays Opera House - Romeo Munising Opera House - Munising Calumet Theatre - Calumet Cadillac Opera House - Cadillac Byron Opera House - Byron Albion Opera House - Albion City Opera House - Traverse City Blakes Opera House - Grand Ledge Brown's Opera House - Sparta
Amusement Parks
Toledo Beach - La Salle Park Island - Lake Orion Walled Lake Amusement Park - Walled Lake Michigan WaterWorld - New Hudson Bob-Lo Island - Amherstburg Edgewater Park - Detroit King's Animaland Park - Richmond Riverland Amusement Park (Utica Amusement Park) - Sterling Heights Four Bears Water Park - Shelby Township House of David Park - Benton Harbor AutoWorld (Six Flags AutoWorld) - Flint Waverly Park - Lansing Ramona Park - Grand Rapids Flint Park - Flint Lakeside Park - Flint
Dance Pavilions
Ramona Ballroom/Dance Pavilion at Sister Lakes - Dowagiac Weko Beach Pavillion - Bridgman Arbor Way Pavilion - Grass Lake Pleasant View Hotel and Dance Pavillion - Clark Lake Bartlett's Pavillion - Pleasant Lake Fruitport Pavilion (Pamona Pavlion) - Fruitport Sandy Beach Inn - Waterford Fashbaugh's Pavillion - Traverse City Johnson's Rustic Dance Palace - Prudenville Ellinee Amusement Center - Coloma Avery Beach Casino - South Haven Trail's End Resort Dance Pavillion - Decatur Midway Gardens (Midway Ballroom) - Holt Avalon Ballroom at Barron Lake - Niles Reid's Pavilion (Reid's Casino) - Niles
Drag Strips
Ubly Dragway - Ubly Lapeer Dragway - Lapeer Milan Dragway - Milan Motor City Dragway - New Baltimore Thunderbird Dragway - Muskegon Northern Michigan Dragway - Bear Lake Detroit Dragway - Brownstown Twp Tri-City Dragway - Freeland West Michigan Sand Dragway - Mears M-37 Dragway - Brohman
Speedways
Grand Rapids Speedrome - Grand Rapids Imlay City Speedway - Imlay City Manchester Speedway - Manchester Galesburg Speedway - Galesburg M-40 Speedway - Jones Hartford Speedway Park - Hartford Tri-City Motor Speedway - Auburn Whittemore Speedway - Whittemore Jeddo Speedway - Jeddo Thunderbird Raceway - Muskegon Berlin Raceway - Marne I-96 Speedway - Lake Odessa Adventure Mountain Raceway - Greenland Michigan International Speedway - Brooklyn Standish Speedway - Standish
RoadsideAttraction Attractions
Dinosaur Gardens - Ossineke Mystery Ridge - East Tawas Hell - Hell Deer Forest - Coloma Deer Acres Storybook Amusement Park - Pinconning Treasure Island - St. Ignace Copperama - Houghton Miniature City at Clinch Park - Traverse City Rockin Chair Gift Shope - Houghton Lake Sleeping Bear Dunesmobiles - Glen Haven Iron Mountain Iron Mine - Vulcan Askwith's Oldtown - Sault Sainte Marie Paul Bunyan Lookout (Paul Bunyan & Babe The Blue Ox) - Ossineke Silver Lake Express - St. Ignace Irish Hills Towers - Onsted
Lodging
Michigan Inn - Southfield Northland Motel - Kawkawlin Autorama Motel - Flint Weber Resort - Marenisco Doherty Hotel - Clare Sunset Motel - Tawas City Holiday Motel - Houghton Lake Alma Motel - Alma Bowman's Motel - Niles Delona Motel - Gladstone Birmingham House - Birmingham The Cedars Motel and Cabins (Malcom's Motel) - Gaylord Motor City Motel - Melvindale Nanci-K-Motel (Way North Motel and Cabins) - Houghton Lake Detroit Motel - Dearborn Heights
Dining
The Raleigh House - Southfield Eddie's Drive In - Harrison Charter Township in Macomb County Red's Root Beer - Paw Paw Corky's Drive-In Restaurant - Allegan Monroe's Original Hot Dog - Monroe Don's Drive-In - Traverse City Wheeler's Restaurant - Standish White Castle Restaurant - Waterford Jon's Country Burgers - Mount Pleasant Nip-N-Sip - Lansing Carlson's Drive In - Michigan City Lefty's Drive-In - Bay Port Bill's Drive in - Ypsilanti Chick Inn Drive in - Ypsilanti The Press and Scoop (Twist and Shake) - Highland
Malls and Retail
Genesee Valley Center - Flint Great Lakes Crossing Outlets - Auburn Hills Hampton Towne Centre (Hampton Square Mall) - Essexville Arborland Center - Ann Arbor Twelve Oaks Mall - Novi Midland Mall - Midland Bloomfield Park - Pontiac Tel-Ex Plaza - Southfield Laurel Park Place - Livonia Westland Center - Westland Northland Center - Southfield Oakland Mall - Troy Lakeside Mall - Sterling Heights Macomb Mall - Roseville Adrian Mall - Adrian
Old Towns and Small Towns
Belding - Belding Athens - Athens Adair - Adair Byron - Byron Cadmus - Cadmus Goodison - Goodison Hudson - Hudson Maple River - Maple River Minden City - Minden City Highland - Highland Hubbardston - Hubbardston Merrill - Merrill Alma - Alma Litchfield - Litchfield Snover - Snover Vestaburg - Vestaburg Stony Run - Stony Run Vickeryville - Vickeryville Westphalia - Westphalia Wooden Shoe Village - Wooden Shoe Village
Camps & Resorts
Groomes Bathing Beach - Whitmore Lake Reid's Resort Thornapple Lake (Cole's Landing) - Nashville Interlochen Center for the Arts - Interlochen Rainbow Camp (Toastys Cabins) - Wolverine Camp Miniwanca - Shelby Camp Friedenswald - Cassopolis WBA Camp - Port Huron Camp Dearborn - Milford Double JJ Resort (Jack and Jill Ranch) - Rothbury Camp Warren - Coloma Youth Island (Hubbell's Island) - White Lake Township Camp Emery YWCA - Holton Hartwick Pines State Park - Grayling Big Elk Camp - Altona John Gurney Park - Hart
Most Recent Locations Added
Mystery Ridge - East Tawas - 8/8/2022
Belding - Belding - 7/25/2022
Athens - Athens - 7/25/2022
Adair - Adair - 7/25/2022
Harrisville Drive-In - Harrisville - 7/24/2022
Eddie's Drive In - Harrison Charter Township in Macomb County - 7/22/2022
Red's Root Beer - Paw Paw - 7/22/2022
Corky's Drive-In Restaurant - Allegan - 7/22/2022
Monroe's Original Hot Dog - Monroe - 7/22/2022
Don's Drive-In - Traverse City - 7/22/2022
Wheeler's Restaurant - Standish - 7/22/2022
Groomes Bathing Beach - Whitmore Lake - 7/20/2022
White Castle Restaurant - Waterford - 7/19/2022
Jon's Country Burgers - Mount Pleasant - 7/18/2022
Nip-N-Sip - Lansing - 7/18/2022
Carlson's Drive In - Michigan City - 7/18/2022
Lefty's Drive-In - Bay Port - 7/18/2022
Bill's Drive in - Ypsilanti - 7/18/2022
Chick Inn Drive in - Ypsilanti - 7/18/2022
The Press and Scoop (Twist and Shake) - Highland - 7/18/2022
Kluck's Drive-In - Ypsilanti - 7/17/2022
Old Town Drive-In - Saginaw - 7/17/2022
The Pierogi Shack - Muskegon - 7/17/2022
Vince's West Elm Drive-In - Monroe - 7/17/2022
Hi-Lite Drive-In Restaurant - Marshall - 7/17/2022
Miss Molly's Drive-In - Lake City - 7/17/2022
West Lake Drive-In - Portage - 7/17/2022
Coney Hut Drive Inn - Jonesville - 7/17/2022
Ray's Drive-In - Grand Haven - 7/17/2022
Big Dip Burgers - Walled Lake - 7/17/2022
Most Recent Information Updates
Ryan Theatre - Warren - 8/11/2022
Motor City Theatre - Warren - 8/11/2022
Garden Theatre - Frankfort - 8/11/2022
Bad Axe Theatre - Bad Axe - 8/11/2022
Thunderbird Dragway - Muskegon - 8/9/2022
Hampton Towne Centre (Hampton Square Mall) - Essexville - 8/6/2022
Wonderland Amusement Park - Southgate - 8/6/2022
Eastbrook Mall (Centerpointe Mall) - Grand Rapids - 8/6/2022
AMC Cinemas - Jackson - 8/3/2022
Twelve Oaks Mall - Novi - 8/2/2022
Empire Theatre - Bay City - 7/31/2022
Bloomfield Park - Pontiac - 7/31/2022
GM Renaissance Center - Detroit - 7/31/2022
North Kent Mall - Grand Rapids - 7/31/2022
Grand Rapids Speedrome - Grand Rapids - 7/30/2022
Great Lakes Crossing Outlets - Auburn Hills - 7/30/2022
Fort Saginaw Mall - Saginaw - 7/30/2022
Delta Plaza Mall - Escanaba - 7/30/2022
Northern Michigan Dragway - Bear Lake - 7/27/2022
Belding - Belding - 7/25/2022
Athens - Athens - 7/25/2022
Adair - Adair - 7/25/2022
Mikado Drive-In Theatre - Mikado - 7/24/2022
Tel-Ex Plaza - Southfield - 7/24/2022
Marquette Outdoor Theatre - Negaunee - 7/24/2022
Eastland Center - Harper Woods - 7/23/2022
Wonderland Mall - Livonia - 7/23/2022
Mineral River Plaza - White Pine - 7/23/2022
Summit Place Mall (Pontiac Mall) - Pontiac - 7/23/2022
MeadowBrook Village Mall - Rochester Hills - 7/23/2022
Featured Locations
Ford-Wyoming 6-9 Theatre
New Theatre
Hague Park
Michigan International Speedway
Mt. Zion Motel
Palace Sandwich Shop
Tally Hall (Hunter's Square)
Youth Island (Hubbell's Island)
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