Michigan's Drive-in Theaters

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Main Library - 12 Mile
Auditorium

Event Details

Join Author Harry Skrdla as he recalls the history of Michigan’s drive-in theaters. Few American phenomena are more evocative of time, place, and culture than the drive-in theater. From its origins in the Great Depression, through its peak in the 1950s and 1960s and ultimately its slow demise in the 1980s, the drive-in holds a unique place in the country’s collective past. Michigan’s drive-ins were a reflection of this time and place, ranging from tiny rural 200-car “ozoners” to sprawling 2,500-car behemoths that were masterpieces of showmanship, boasting not only movies and food, but playgrounds, pony rides, merry-go-rounds, and even roving window washers.


Event Type(s): Adult Program
Age Group(s): Adults, All Ages
Presenter: Harry Skrdla
Jillian Baker

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