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Marquette Outdoor Theater
Marquette Michigan
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Name: Marquette Outdoor Theater
Address: n/a
County: Marquette
Open Date: 8/20/54
Close Date: n/a
Status: Demolished
Car Capacity: 450
Screen Count: 1
Owners: A. Keskitola
Submit: Info On This Drive-In
Aka: Marquette Druve-In
Notes: n/a
Marquette Outdoor Theater

Marquette Outdoor Theater
History & Comments

Update: Closed prior to 1977. (Michigandriveins.com 6/9/03)

Update: This is the Evergreen Theatre just west of Ishpeming in Marquette Co. (Charles Gazvoda 3/23/05)

Update: The Marquette Outdoor Drive-in Theatre did exist! It is not the same as the Evergreen DIT, but it did have the same owners. Here's the press release from the Marquette Mining Journal: New Outdoor Theater Open Tonight - Mining Journal - Friday August 20, 1954 - Page 2 - The new Marquette Outdoor Theatre, located 700 feet south of the "Midway" on U.S. 41, will open tonight at dusk or at approximately 8 p. m. and will be open every night during the season, including Sundays. The theatre, construction of which was recently completed, has an area of 10 acres and room for 500 cars. The screen is 60 feet from the right-of-way for the new highway between Marquette and Negaunee. A tract of 80 acres was purchased by the company which sold to the state the area needed for the new highway. The new theatre is owned and operated by Evergreen Theatres, Inc., of which Arnold Keskitalo of Republic is treasurer and general manager. It also operates the Evergreen Outdoor Theatre six miles west of Ishpeming. The first ad appeared on 8/13/1954 (the standard "Watch for the Opening..." ad) and the last (as far as I can tell) ad appeared on 9/23/1956. It appears that it was only open for two (and a half) seasons. No idea why, but the more modern Airport DIT in Negaunee opened eleven months later. I haven't found any photos, but the paper on 8/20/54 has dozens of ads by the companies that built the DIT and congrats from the local community. (Andrew the Librarian 12/15/06)


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