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Ironwood Drive-In Theater
Ironwood Michigan
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Name: Ironwood Drive-In
Address: US-2 Ironwood, MI 49938
County: Gogebic
Open Date: 8/30/52
Close Date: 1987?
Status: Demolished
Car Capacity: 390
Screen Count: 1
Owners: Thomas Theatres - Mescop
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News Article: Drive-In Theatre Opens Saturday - Although not entirely completed, the Ironwood Amusement Corporation's drive-in theatre on US-2 in the Reno location will open tomorrow night, O. Surprenant, manager of the coproration, announced today. The box office will be open at 6:30. The theatre will accommodate approximately 400 cars and will be managed by Charles Lewinski of the Rex theatre. The screen measures 36 feet in height, 45 feet in width and is mounted on a tower that is 60 feet high, assuring all patrons of the theatre a good view. Cars will be serviced by individual speakers which have their own volume controls. There are seven miles of underground wire installation in the speaker hook-up. Car ushers will service each car with admission tickets so that the occupants need not leave the automobiles for this purpose in arriving at the theatre, Trained ushers will direct the cars to their stalls on arrival and to the exits on departure. A concrete-block building housing the projection room, concession stand and rest rooms is in the center of the theatre area. The new theatre is modern throughout and conforms to the most advanced type of constuction and accommodations for theatres of this type, the management points out. Work on the details yet to be finished will be continued for the next two or three weeks. The management has estimated that the cost of the project will total approximately $50,000. The opening feature will be "I'll Get By", starring June Haver, William Lundigan, Dennis Day and Gloria DeHaven. Two color comedies are also on the program. "The management hopes the residents of this community and district will enjoy it and also would appreciate receiving any suggestions for improvements of the services", said Surprenant. (Ironwood Daily Globe 5/29/52)

Update: Closed prior to 1988. (Michigandriveins.com 6/9/03)

Update: From the 1999 Terra-Server aerial shot, the Ironwood Drive-In appears to be have displaced by a mall of some sort. (Michigandriveins.com 4/11/04)

Update: Gone, now a K-Mart. (Waterwinterwonderland.com 1/6/03)

Update: The drive-in was replaced by a shopping plaza, anchored by K-Mart, JC Penny, and Carlson's supermarket (an Ironwood institution-that has since gone the way of the buffalo.) Other stores in the shopping plaza include(d) Michael's shoes, a Dollar Store, Dunham's Sports, and an On Cue music store. Carlson's sold out to County Market, then closed up shop and it turned into a Super One. I only vaguely remember seeing a movie there when I was very young. (Stephen Lauzon 4/9/06)


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