Chippewa Drive-In

1781 E. Parkdale Avenue,
Manistee, MI 49660

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Previously operated by: Goodrich Quality Theaters

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Chippewa Drive-In

The Chippewa Drive-In opened in July of 1950 with a capacity for 275 cars. The car capacity was expanded to 500 in the 1970’s. The opening night movie was “Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town” with Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride. The Chippewa Drive-In was last operated by Goodrich Theatres and closed sometime in the 1980’s.

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Britarchivist on September 6, 2006 at 8:38 am

Since submitting information to the site doesnt really work, which is unfortunate, I will post this here.
Here is a photo from the newspaper shortly after the opening of the Chippewa Drive-In.This shows the Indian head image which was on the back of the projection screen(upper left inset)
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There are pictures of what is left of the projection booth/concession stand on

TomMc11 on June 6, 2018 at 12:37 pm

Concession Stand/Projection Booth is still standing.

Kenmore on November 5, 2022 at 9:10 pm

The concession stand/projection booth “still standing” looks more to be a technicality today. From the overhead view, the roof appears to be gone.

From an August 2022 Google Street View, bushes and trees have engulfed what’s left of the structure.

davidcoppock on November 6, 2022 at 1:39 am

Opened on 30th July 1950. Closed in 1985.

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