Source: Andy Gray
The drive-in was located at 2005 N. US-23 in East Tawas, Michigan. Al's slides include one showing construction of the concession/projection building with what could be a flatbed well-drilling rig in front of it. This image was taken in March 1952. The remaining slides were shot in July 1952. These show the project nearing its completion. Vertical tongue-and-groove knotty pine sheathes the concession/projection building doors and also covers the ticket booth. A Jeep, used to set the precast speaker stands, is shown in one slide. A swing set can be seen in front of the screen. Child play areas, sometimes with benches or chairs from which their parents could watch over their children, were a common feature of drive-ins of the era. Two images show the drive-in on opening night. The marquee reads: "Gala Opening Tonight 'Thief of Bagdad' and Judy Canoya in 'Hit the Hay' Souvenirs to first 500 cars."
From Janice Kitchen Date: 3/3/2015
This was my family's drive in! My sister and I spent many years working in the box office, we always had a summer job. There was so much to do - in the mornings we picked up the prior evenings trash people tossed out of their cars. We took the old popcorn home and fed it to the birds. Lots of lawn mowing, painting, cleaning, repairs. Replacing stolen speakers. you know who you are! My dad could do most tasks himself, he taught me so much. One thing I recall he couldn't do was repair the neon signs, if one was was broken we made the trek to Saginaw to the repair shop. I have so many great memories and realize now how special and unique this business was. Our family took so much pride in this theatre. Thank you to all who came out, we enjoyed serving all of you!
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