Back during the 1950’s, the state of Michigan boasted over one hundred drive-in movie theaters in operation. Since then, more than ninety percent of the outdoor movie venues throughout the state have closed. Today, less than ten drive-in theaters continue to offer an outdoor movie experience in Michigan. Among these is perhaps the largest drive-in theater in America by car count. In the city of Dearborn is the Ford Wyoming with a maximum capacity of three thousand cars. It is also one of the few drive-ins that are open year round in this part of the country. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.


1.Hi-Way Drive-in

Hi-Way Drive-in
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The Hi-Way Drive-in theater in Carsonville, Michigan is the state’s oldest drive-in movie theater, originally opened back in the year 1947. The drive-in got a bit run down, however, the outdoor movie venue thankfully was bought by new owners later in 1998. Much has been done to the drive-in theater by the new owners to revive it, and there has been an increase in attendance at showings as a result. The Hi-Way Drive-in shows double features of current releases and recent films, beginning Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day weekend. The drive-in uses FM radio broadcast and traditional speakers for sound.

2778 E Sanilac Rd, Carsonville, MI 48419, Phone: 810-657-6684

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2.Capri Drive-in

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The Capri Drive-in movie theater, which originally opened back in the year 1964, is located in Coldwater, Michigan. To this day, the outdoor movie theater is owned and operated by the very same family that constructed in many years ago. Both of the massive outdoor movie screens show double features of first-run films, starting in the month of March and operating through the month of October. The Capri Drive-in has an annual tradition of ending its open movie season with a cool, fun send off, typically a party during the weekend around Halloween. There is also an on-site snack bar.

119 West Chicago Rd, Coldwater, MI 49036, Phone: 517-278-5628

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3.Ford Wyoming Drive-in

Ford Wyoming Drive-in
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As far as maximum car capacity is concerned, the Ford Wyoming Drive-in is still one of the largest drive-in movie theaters in America, once able to accommodate up to 3,000 cars. The outdoor movie theater was first a single screen one when it opened long ago. Over the years, however, it expanded quite a bit, growing to feature nine large outdoor screens. In 2010, four screens were removed, leaving the drive-in with five movie screens and a maximum car capacity of approximately 2,500 cars. The Ford Wyoming is open throughout the entire year, uncommon for most in the north.

10400 Ford Rd, Dearborn, MI 48126, Phone: 313-846-6910

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4.US 23 Drive-in Theater

US 23 Drive-in Theater
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When the outdoor movie venue originally opened back in the year 1952, the US 23 Drive-in Theater one featured one large movie screen. The drive-in was one of the country’s largest single screen drive-in theaters, able to accommodate up to 1,250 cars for a movie showing. A second large outdoor movie screen was added later down the road, and with it, the outdoor theater was renamed as the 23 Twin Drive-in. The drive-in acquired a third screen, and today is known by the name US 23 Drive-in. The drive-in is open on a seasonal basis, and allows leashed and well behaved pets.

5200 Fenton Rd, Flint, MI 48507, Phone: 810-238-0751

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5.Cherry Bowl Drive-in

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The Cherry Bowl Drive-in movie theater got its name from its location in the state of Michigan’s cherry growing region. In addition to its large outdoor movie screen, the property also features a volleyball court, a miniature golf course, and a playground. The drive-in boasts a family-friendly atmosphere, showing only G, PG, and PG-13 movies geared towards the whole family. While FM radio is used at the Cherry Bowl to provide audio for its films, there are still speakers located on the speaker posts, featuring vintage red lights that have become a rare sight nowadays at drive-in theaters.

9812 Honor Hwy, Honor, MI 49640, Phone: 231-325-3413

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6.Getty 4 Drive-in

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The Getty 4 Drive-in theater in Muskegon, Michigan is the last remaining drive-in within the western region of the state. The drove-in features four large outdoor screens that show current movies during a season that runs from around sometime in the month of April to the month of October. Up to approximately 1,200 vehicles can be accommodated on the ground of the Getty 4 Drive-in. Customers are allowed to bring outside food and drinks, as well as well behaved pets. The grounds of the outdoor movie theater are also the site of a flea market during the weekends.

920 East Summit Ave,Muskegon, MI 49444, Phone: 231-798-2608

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7.Summer Drive-in at USA Hockey Arena

Summer Drive-in at USA Hockey Arena
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The Summer Drive-in at USA Hockey Arena can be found just outside of the large hockey arena in Plymouth, Michigan. The drive-in theater shows first-run films on three huge outdoor movie screens during the summer season. There is also a full-service restaurant situated on the property that serves sports bar-like food, such as pizza, burgers, sandwiches, along with some more restaurant-quality dishes and southwest specialties. The Summer Drive-in certainly isn’t like the older drive-in movie theaters from the 1950’s, however, the outdoor movie venue is still a good drive-in theater for families who want some outdoor fun during the summer.

14900 Beck Rd, Plymouth, MI 48170, Phone: 734-927-3284

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More Ideas: Island House Hotel

Overlooking Lake Huron and set amid landscaped gardens, the Island House Hotel is a luxurious Victorian-style hotel set on the waterfront of Mackinac Island. Embodying the heritage and acclaimed hospitality of the Island for more than 160 years, the hotel boasts beautifully appointed accommodations, exceptional amenities, gracious service, and breathtaking views.

Dating back to 1852, the Island House Hotel features quaint guest rooms and suites which are individually designed and decorated and have private bathrooms with showers and baths, and modern amenities including coffee makers, mini fridges, and separate sitting areas. Luxury suites include fully equipped kitchenettes, whirlpool tubs, and private balconies.

The hotel also features an array of amenities to enhance guests’ experience, including a fine dining restaurant with an outdoor terrace and spectacular harbor views, a casual bar and grill, and an indoor swimming pool, hot tub, and sauna. There is complimentary wireless Internet throughout the hotel and bicycles to rent for exploring the city.

The Island House Hotel features 95 guestrooms and historic suites in varying sizes and layouts with private balconies overlooking the Mackinac Island State Park. Each suite features one or two bedrooms with king, queen or double beds with pillow-top mattresses and plush linens, private bathrooms with walk-in showers, tubs, fresh towels and deluxe bath amenities. Traditional rooms can be found throughout the hotel and are available with various bed sizes, while deluxe rooms offer beautiful ocean views. Some suites have spacious living rooms with pull-out couches and fully-equipped kitchenettes, and others have a large bay window that embraces beautiful ocean views. Modern amenities can be found in every suite, including flat-panel televisions with cable channels, AM/FM radios, refrigerators, microwaves, coffeemakers, individual climate control, and hairdryers.

The Island House Hotel offers several meal plans, including the traditional European plan, where no meals are included, the bed and breakfast plan, which offers breakfast daily, and the modified American plan which includes breakfast and dinner daily.

The 1852 Grill Room is an elegant restaurant with stunning views of the Straits of Mackinac that serves an innovative menu of continental cuisine in a casual fine dining atmosphere. Open for breakfast and dinner, the restaurant offers outdoor terrace seating for sunny brunches and a comfortable in which to enjoy pre- or post-dinner drinks.

Ice House Bar & Grill is a casual café-style eatery with a quiet, garden-side seating and a cozy, air-conditioned indoor area that serves fresh salads, gourmet sandwiches, and homemade potato chips. The bar also offers a comprehensive menu of cocktails, craft beers and fine wines from around the world. The Ice House Bar & Grill is open for lunch, cocktails and dinner.

The Island House Hotel features an array of amenities and facilities including a fully-equipped business center with printer, fax machine and complimentary wireless Internet, a fine dining restaurant with an outdoor terrace and spectacular harbor views, a casual bar and grill, and an indoor swimming pool, hot tub, and sauna. The hotel offers complimentary bicycles to use to explore the island, as all motor transportation is prohibited. Guests can also discover the island’s delights by walking or by horse and carriage, and additional amenities include a seasonal children’s program and nightly entertainment.

The Island House Hotel is home to modern facilities for meetings and functions for groups of up to 100 people. The Webster Room can host up to 50 guests for various events, while the outdoor terrace or enclosed veranda are ideal for smaller functions. Function spaces are equipped with audiovisual equipment, telephones, and complimentary wireless Internet access.

The hotel’s picturesque venues offer the perfect balance of traditional charm and modern amenities for destination weddings and other special celebrations such as rehearsal dinner and receptions. There are a variety of sites for receptions, including the 1852 Grill Room, with its beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows with gorgeous ocean views, the elegant Webster Room with its garden-themed private dining room, and the waterfront garden terrace and gardens. The hotel has three beautiful locations for ceremonies – the garden terrace, the gazebo, and the veranda, all of which boast breathtaking views of the Straits of Mackinac or the Mackinac State Park.

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6966 Main St, Mackinac Island, MI 49757, Phone: 906-847-3347

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More Ideas: The Landmark Inn

Dating back to 1930, The Landmark Inn is a historic hotel that exudes European grace, contemporary comfort and boutique-style charm in the heart of Marquette, Michigan. Boasting beautiful stained-glass windows and antique chandeliers, this elegant hotel offers luxurious accommodations in the form of guest rooms and suites, two award-winning restaurants and a stylish lounge bar, and a modern business center and event spaces. The Landmark Inn is ideally located for exploring the city and is a short walk from Ellwood A Mattson Lower Harbor Park and the Marquette Yacht Club.

The Landmark Inn features beautifully furnished and individually designed and decorated accommodations in the form of 60 guest rooms and six deluxe suites, each of which seamlessly blends boutique-style interiors with spectacular, uninterrupted views of historic downtown Marquette and Lake Superior. All accommodations have modern amenities including flat screen televisions with complimentary HBO and cable channels, iPad/iPod/iPhone docking stations, iHOME alarm clocks, Keurig coffeemakers, hairdryers, in-room safes, irons/ironing boards, air-conditioning, and wireless Internet.

Guest rooms are available with two queen or one king-size bed, pillow-top mattresses, designer linens, and plush pillows, en-suite bathrooms with shower/bath combinations, granite vanities, thick towels, and branded bath products.

The opulent two-bedroom Penthouse Suite is located on the top floor of the hotel with panoramic views of downtown Marquette and offers the perfect home-away-from-home for a romantic retreat. The Penthouse Suite features a master bedroom with one king-size bed, pillow-top mattresses, designer linens, and plush pillows, and en-suite bathroom with whirlpool and steam shower, granite vanities, thick towels, and branded bath products. A second bedroom has a king-size bed, pillow-top mattresses, designer linens, and plush pillows, and the suite has an ample living room with a fireplace, a guest bathroom, a dining room, and a fully-equipped kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave, Keurig coffeemaker, stemware, china, and utensils.

The Landmark Inn is home to three award-winning restaurants that are regarded among the top dining experiences in downtown Marquette. Offering dining experiences in elegant settings ranging from the sidewalk to skyline and open for business breakfasts, casual lunches and romantic dinners, as well as classy cocktails with friends, The Landmark Inn has a dining and drinking spot for every occasion.

The Northland Pub is an English pub-style that serves casual fare and drinks in a warm, cozy atmosphere on the second-floor Mezzanine level, while the North Star Lounge is a chic, Art Deco eatery with a crackling fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows with breathtaking views the Marquette skyline and Lake Superior.

Named after the Piedmont region of Northern Italy, the new Piedmont Restaurant serves rustic and hearty Italian-style fare including truffles, pork, beef, venison, gnocchi and risotto and accompanied by some of Italy’s best wines in an elegant setting.

The Landmark Inn offers an array of thoughtfully curated range of facilities and amenities, two award-winning restaurants and a beautiful lounge bar, and a modern business center and event spaces. Guest services include complimentary wireless Internet access, a complimentary shuttle service based on availability, an onsite fitness center with cardio machines and free weights, and a full business center with one Internet-equipped workstation and printer and fax access.

The Landmark Inn is a premier destination for meetings and corporate functions with sophisticated conference and meeting spaces and state-of-the-art technology. The centerpiece room, the Harbor Ballroom, is steeped in old-world charm and elegance with winding brass staircases, crystal chandeliers, and an Italian marble floor. The Boardroom is an impressive, yet intimate venue for hosting executive meetings or casual social gatherings, while the Piedmont Restaurant can be combined with the Grand Lobby to create a timeless setting for romantic occasions. The Harbor Ballroom is perfect for larger groups and parties, while the elegant sixth-floor Sky Room boasts spectacular panoramic views of historic downtown Marquette, Lake Superior, and the Marquette Mountain range.

The Landmark Inn also offers custom-tailored experiences with expert meeting planning and catering staff, venue décor and audiovisual setups for every type of event from banquets, weddings, and business conferences.

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230 North Front Street, Marquette, Michigan, Phone: 888-752-6362

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More Ideas: Alger Falls Motel in Munising

The Alger Falls Motel is a simple, conveniently located motel in Munising, Michigan that offers comfortable accommodations, modern amenities and an array of activities to enjoy. The motel features standard guest rooms, private cottages, and rental cabins with fully equipped kitchens, a recreation room with a pizza oven, a pool table and a laundry, and a heated garage for snowmobilers.

Set off Route 28, the Alger Falls Motel is located within a few miles from Sunrise Beach and Hiawatha National Forest. The Alger Falls Motel is located in Munising and offers a wide variety of attractions and activities to enjoy. Attractions in the area include the Grand Island National Recreational Area, the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, several beautiful waterfalls, and an array of activities such as fishing, hiking, biking, snowmobiling, skiing, ice climbing, and more. More Fun Things to Do in Michigan

The Alger Falls Motel features 16 comfortable and simply furnished rooms with king or queen-size beds in crisp linens, private bathrooms with shower/bath combinations and fresh towels. Two housekeeping cottages, which sleep up to 10 guests, feature fully-equipped kitchens with all the necessary appliances and utensils for easy holiday living, queen-size beds in crisp linens, private bathrooms with shower/bath combinations and fresh towels. Modern amenities include microwaves, refrigerators, coffeemakers, individual climate control with heating and cooling, direct dial telephones, and complimentary wireless Internet.

The first cottage features two bedrooms, each with a double bed and a private bathroom has a bath/combination. A living area has a pull-put sleeper sofa and dining table with a snack bar with stools, while a fully-equipped kitchen has a microwave, toaster, refrigerator, and coffee maker.

The second cottage is 950 square feet in size and can accommodate up to 10 guests. This two bedroom cottage features a queen-size bed and a double bed in each bedroom and a living area with a deluxe futon sleeper. A fully-equipped kitchen has a microwave, toaster, refrigerator, and coffee maker and a dining table and a snack bar that seats four guests.

The Alger Falls Cottages are conveniently located within a short distance of the town of Munising and the restaurants, shopping, and all the attractions and recreational opportunities in the nearby area.

The Alger Falls Motel offers rooms with microwaves and refrigerators and cottages with fully-equipped kitchens for self-catering purposes, as well as barbecue facilities for outdoor dining.

Amenities and services at the Alger Falls Motel include a heated garage for snowmobiles and snowmobile repairs, direct snowmobile trail access from the hotel, and a recreation room with a pizza oven, a pool table, and a coin-operated laundry. There are also grilling areas with outdoor grills and picnic tables, on-site parking, including ample trailer parking for snowmobile trailers and fishermen.

The Alger Falls Motel is set off Route 28 in the Grand Island National Recreational Area, which offers a host of activities for the adventurous visitor, such as boat tours, hiking, mountain biking and fishing in the summer and skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing in the winter. The Alger Falls Motel is located within a few miles from Sunrise Beach and Hiawatha National Forest.

The Alger Falls Motel is located in Munising and offers a wide variety of attractions and activities to enjoy. Attractions in the area include the Grand Island National Recreational Area, the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, several beautiful waterfalls, and an array of activities such as fishing, hiking, biking, snowmobiling, skiing, ice climbing, and more.

The Seney National Wildlife Refuge covers more than 95,000 acres of wilderness that is home to an array of wildlife including birds, deer, moose, and eagles. The Refuge features the seven-mile Marshland Wildlife Drive which winds through wetlands, forests, and meadows and has three wheelchair accessible observation decks with viewing scopes.

The Hiawatha National Forest boasts over 800,000 acres to explore, the Alger Underwater Diving Preserve offers some of greatest diving areas in the Upper Peninsula, and the AuSauble Point Lighthouse is a popular attraction along the picturesque shores of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

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E9427 M-28, Munising, MI 49862, Phone: 906-387-3536

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