Gratiot Drive-In

31900 Gratiot Avenue,
Roseville, MI 48066

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Architects: Ted Rogvoy

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Gratiot Drive-In

Listed as being located in Fraser, to the north of Detroit, MI. The Gratiot Drive-In was designed by architect Ted Rogvoy and opened April 30, 1948 with Leon Errol and Joe Kirkwood Jr. in “Joe Palooka in the Knockout”. It featured “Free pony rides, merry-go-round and other playground amusements for the kids, a large restaurant that even warmed baby bottles on schedule for patrons”. The back of the 115 feet tall screen tower featured a living curtain waterfall, illuminated at night by colored lights to simulate Niagara Falls. Car capacity is given as 1,056. A second screen was added on November 2, 1979. The Gratiot Drive-In showed its last movie on Labor Day of 1984. It was demolished shortly afterwards.

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RHGS on June 5, 2006 at 11:55 am

Postcards and color print available for purchase. Contact Roseville Historical and Genealogical Society at

kencmcintyre on February 4, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Here is an ad for the sale of the Gratiot in July 1949:

DavidZornig on August 29, 2015 at 10:02 am

Screen side photo added courtesy of the Fiftiesville Facebook page.

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Drive-In 54 on August 29, 2015 at 12:16 pm

You can see where they mounted the cinema-scope screen, in front of the old flat screen.

rivest266 on November 6, 2015 at 2:55 pm

April 30th, 1948 grand opening ad in photo section

DavidZornig on October 4, 2016 at 3:59 pm

Gratiot Drive-In marquee is seen at the head end of this 1966 Chevrolet promo film.

davidcoppock on March 18, 2019 at 6:50 pm

Opened with newreels and “The knockout”.

rivest266 on February 18, 2022 at 9:20 am

Two screens on November 2nd, 1979.

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