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Eastside Drive-In Theatre

19440 Harper Ave
Harper Woods MI 48225

Demolished Outdoor Theatre
Record #8283  
 Opened: May 26, 1938
 Closed: 1977
 Demolished: Yes (date unknown)
Capacity: 500 cars
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: Drive-In, Detroit East
 Previously operated by: General Cinema Theatres

Opened simply as the Drive-In, this was the Detroit area's first drive-in theater, opening on May 26, 1938. Tickets for the first film, "The Big Broadcast of 1938" were 35 cents a person and the screen measured 50 feet by 50 feet. Renamed the Eastside, it became part of the General Cinema chain and was later sold to Wisper & Wetsman.

General Cinema has records indicating they operated this theatre from October 1, 1940 until March 16, 1976.


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Last featured 2002-12-27. Last edited 6/2/2014.

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