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Re: Monroe's Drive In Alley
« Reply #15 on: March 26, 2013, 08:18:47 AM »

What killed them?  Daylight savings time?

I've read articles that blamed everything from DST to bucket seats becoming more prevalent in cars  :o :o :o ;D ;D ;D

Also mentioned were cable television, being able to watch movies at home...  tapes, DVDs, etc.  I'd guess it was no one of the above but probably all contributed.

The last I knew there was still a drive in theater down in Oregon Ohio...  definitely not too far to drive!
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« Reply #16 on: March 30, 2013, 04:55:40 AM »

There's an article in The Blade today that mentions some of the few remaining drive-in theaters in Ohio...  the closest to us here is the one in Oregon.  The article mostly talks about the switch from theaters showing films produced on celluloid vs. they're all digital now.  Kind of related I think:

http://www.toledoblade.com/Technology/2013/03/30/Drive-ins-toss-the-celluloid-for-digital-upgrade.html
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« Reply #17 on: July 17, 2013, 09:23:21 PM »

From the 1949 DTE aerial photos I posted about earlier today...

at the top of the picture is the drive in theater that is where the Old Town golf course is now...   I showed south of there on Monroe street and neither the Dennison or the other one (forgot the name right now) were there yet.

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« Reply #18 on: August 14, 2013, 11:02:59 AM »

Here's a video of a couple of guys 'exploring' in the old Dennison Drive In projection booth.

Warning for language and also some of the graffiti:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k38Gz0A4jHA
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« Reply #19 on: August 31, 2014, 11:30:38 AM »

While digging for info on the Denniston Theater this morning I ran across this websites...   I may have even posted this before.  I do remember posting one with the 3 theaters on N. Monroe...  and maybe they just added the one out in Raisinville:

http://www.michigandriveins.com/monroe.asp



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Re: Monroe's Drive In Alley
« Reply #20 on: December 27, 2014, 06:44:35 PM »

I spent the first five years of my life growning up between the two drive ins.
My Mom and I lived in a 20x8 mobile home in the Monroe Gardens trailer park.

The trailer park is still there but the old RV is long gone.
I used to play on the swings at the BelAir and my Mom and I along with A LOT of the trailer park used to camp out in our back yards and watch movies for FREE!!!!
The sound was a little low and there was quite a bit of shushing us kids but it was fun.

We didn't get to see the movies shown at the Denniston because my Mom would'nt jump the creek to get there.
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Re: Monroe's Drive In Alley
« Reply #21 on: September 02, 2016, 09:59:05 AM »

And finally...

what is old is new again!!!

A new drive in theater proposed for 'Drive In Alley'!!!

The article does mention the earlier theaters but doesn't go into much detail.

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It was one of three drive-ins that operated in Monroe. The others were the Bel-Aire Drive-In at 6231 N. Monroe and the Dixie Drive-In at 6720 N. Monroe where Old Town Landscape is today. The Bel-Aire also was known as Gen. Custer Drive-In at one time.


http://www.monroenews.com/news/20160901/drive-in-theater-proposed-for-frenchtown-township
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