Final season for drive-in movies in the Flint area?

posted by steelbeard1 on May 13, 2008 at 10:50 am

FLINT, MI — When this writer took in “What Happens in Vegas” at the US 23 Twin Drive-in Theatre, it was learned that the drive-in’s owner Lou Warrington suffered a serious heart attack last year which left him homebound. He is 71. His 74-year-old wife Diane is doing double duty by caring for her ailing husband and managing the drive-in. It is the belief of Diane Warrington and the drive-in staff that is the final year of operation for the US-23 Twin Drive-in. The Warrington family is seriously considering putting the drive-in property on the market. The most likely fate is redevelopment. There is a small Kroger supermarket adjacent to the drive in. The Warringtons would be willing to sell the propety to Kroger if the price is right.

Word is that the only reason the rival Miracle Twin Drive-in Theatre is still open is because the US 23 Twin is still open. So if the US 23 Twin closes permanently, so will the Miracle Twin. So with the recent news of the two drive-ins' season opening, it is likely that this is the final year for the two drive-ins.

Comments (7)

willis on May 13, 2008 at 12:52 pm

Thanks for the news from Flint, Gary, even though it isn’t good.

steelbeard1 on May 13, 2008 at 7:06 pm

You’re welcome. If anyone reading this is in the Flint area and there is a movie you would like to see, if it’s playing at either the US 23 Twin DI or the Miracle Twin DI, please see it there. At the “23” to help out the Warrington family or at the Miracle Twin to convince National Amusements to keep it open.

markp on May 13, 2008 at 10:28 pm

I would say you have a better chance of the “23” being sold to someone who will keep it a drive-in, than National with the twin. Those big coporations have no nostalga about history, and all that goes with it.

steelbeard1 on May 18, 2008 at 11:52 pm

On top of everything else, I learned that Todd Warrington, Lou’s son died Friday. He was just 45. His online obituary is at…
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steelbeard1 on May 19, 2008 at 10:30 pm

I paid my respects tonight. Todd also had a heart attack last year, but he obviously did not recover. In talking to the Warrington family members at the funeral home, I’m left with the impression that most of the family members are determined to keep the US 23 DI open. Lou was there. He lost weight, has back, blood pressure and kidney problems, but he’s determined to recover from his health problems. Let’s all hope for Lou’s full recovery and for the “23” to stay open.

drivinnow on May 24, 2008 at 5:55 am

I would like to manage theater for them and have a reasonable offer to them if they will contact me..

drivinnow on May 24, 2008 at 5:59 am

I would like to manage theater for them and have a reasonable offer to them if they will contact me..I can be contacted at

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