Caro Drive-In

1123 E. Caro Road,
Caro, MI 48723

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Firms: Johnson Construction Co.

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Caro Drive-In exterior

The Caro Drive-In opened on May 13, 1950 with a capacity for 500 cars. This drive-in closed in July 1987 follwing a windstorm which brought the screen down.

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kencmcintyre on October 24, 2007 at 3:02 pm

There is a Caro Drive-In lobby card available on Ebay, at least for a while: on April 21, 2008 at 5:54 pm

The Caro closed after a windstorm took down the screen in July, 1987. It never reopned and a Walmart was built on the site 1992.

kencmcintyre on December 23, 2009 at 6:25 pm

Some additional photos here. Status should be closed/demolished.

graymatters on April 21, 2021 at 9:38 am

The second Michigan drive-in theater built by my grandfather’s Johnson Construction Company was the Caro Drive-In in Caro, Michigan. Al Johnson’s three slides show the drive-in during the final phase of construction in May 1950.

The two images of the screen tower appear similar to other Johnson drive-in towers that were constructed of timbers cut and assembled onsite, then covered with a sheathing material - most likely asbestos panels.

In the second image you can see the precast speaker posts which have been set in place and await final grading, which will cover the concrete bases. The third image shows the ticket office ready for opening night.

The drive-in has been demolished.

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