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Blue Sky Drive-In Theater
Pontiac Michigan
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Name: Blue Sky Drive-In (Pontiac)
Address: 2150 N. Opdyke Rd. Auburn Hills, MI 48326
County: Oakland
Open Date: 5/28/48
Close Date: 9/10/87
Status: Demolished, vacant multiplex now on site
Car Capacity: 700
Screen Count: 1
Owners: Arthur & Roger Robinson (1948-65) - National Amusements (1965-87)
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Blue Sky Drive-In

Blue Sky Drive-In Theater
History & Comments

Status: Gone, site is now an indoor theater. Another National Amusements casualty.

Update: I've been doing some "research" on Detroit area D/Is and came up with this regarding the Blue Sky in Pontiac: Opened May 28, 1948. First movie shown: FUN ON A WEEKEND with Eddie Bracken and Priscilla Lane, plus "Technicolor shorts"--this from an advertisment in the Pontiac Press. The last listing I can find in the Oakland Press is for a September 10, 1987 pairing of HAMBURGER HILL with THE UNTOUCHABLES. I'll try and send along more info as I can get it. (Andrew TrainStooge@aol.com 12-17-02)

Update:Two old Oakland movie houses bite the dust Showcase Cinemas shuts Auburn Hills, Bloomfield complexes AUBURN HILLS -- Two aging movie houses have closed their doors in Oakland County, victims of new theater trends including cineplexes that offer stadium-style seating, premium sound, restaurants and stores. Showcase Cinemas, a division of National Amusements in Dedham, Mass., has shuttered a 12-screen complex in Auburn Hills and five of 10 screens at the Pontiac Showcase in Bloomfield Township. Both facilities will likely be razed to make way for new commercial offerings. In recent years, many older movie houses have closed across the nation due to a theater building boom that started in 1995. Recent closures in Metro Detroit include a 12-screen AMC Theater in Southfield that was demolished last year to make way for a $30-million, 180-unit condominium development. "Older movie houses will continue to close," said Harvey Kahalas, dean of the School of Business Administration at Wayne State University in Detroit. "They face competition from VCRs and DVDs, and when people go to see a show, theyre looking for an experience, and older theaters dont have it." Newer cineplexes often are complemented with lively Hollywood decor, coffee houses, eateries and record stores. Area examples of this trend include the Uptown Palladium 12 in downtown Birmingham and the Star Southfield, a 20-screen facility in Southfield. (R.J. King / The Detroit News - 4/28/2003)

I can't forget the old Pontiac Blue Sky Drive-In. My grandparents home was kitty corner from the old drive-in. My childhood was filled with stories about how my father and his siblings used to sneak into the grounds and hide under cars so that they could watch John Wayne movies. My parents and friends all dated there. When I was young my parents would fill a car full of neighbor kids and sleeping blankets to go see the double feature. As a teen my friends and I would pile on top of the hood of my car and goof to 80's movies. I was at the theater the last night it was opened. It was a sad event knowing that this center of our community would be demolished and a fancy new indoor theater would replace it. Three generations of Pontiac (now Auburn Hills)had spent many nights focused on that screen - and sometimes not so focused on it. My parents generation saw the change from speakers that you hung in your car window to simulcast sound on the car radio, but one thing that never seemed to change was the concession announcements. The new theater didn't last long, it just wasn't connected to the community like the Blue Star Theater. It seemed distant, cold, unfeeling, detached. It stands as an eyesore, vacated and decaying. It's been almost 20 years since the Blue Sky was torn down, but I still can envision in my mind that old Americana neon sign glowing in the summer night, and the thrill of driving through the gate knowing a fun night awaited us. Thanks for the memories MichiganDriveIns.com. It's sad that the next generations will be robbed of the experience. (Wendy Paddison 3-11-06)

Update: Here are 4 pictures I have of the Blue Sky from 1975. I was assistant manager at the time and I took over as manager of the Pontiac in August of 1975. Those pictures will be coming soon - I have to label them with the dates and such info. (Waterwinterwonderland.com/Greg 9/29/06)


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Marquee 1975
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Screen 1975
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Box Office 1975
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Snack Bar 1975
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Boxoffice Mag 1955
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Blue Sky 1982
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Closed Showcase 2003
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Showcase Marquee 2003
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