Westside Drive-In

14350 W. 8 Mile Road,
Oak Park, MI 48237

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Previously operated by: General Cinema Corp., Wisper-Wetsman Theaters

Previous Names: 8 Mile Drive-In

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Westside Drive-In

The Westside Drive-In was one of the earliest drive-ins to open in the Detroit region, and could accomodate 700 cars. The opening movie on April 26, 1940 was John Wayne & Claire Trevor in “Allegheny Uprising”. It was operated by General Cinemas.

The drive-in was also known as the 8 Mile Drive-In. Its last operator was Wisper & Wetsman and it operated until 1984. It was demolished later that year to make way for a lumber yard (which itself is no longer in operation).

Contributed by Bryan, Lost Memory

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

dave-bronx™ on April 4, 2005 at 2:08 am

This drive-in along with the Eastside, Dearborn and Ypsi-Ann Drive-Ins were operated by General Cinema Corp. for many years, until they sold them in the 1980s (Ypsi-Ann was sold in the mid 70s). Since the company had several with the same name, this was known on the company rolls as Detroit-West, and the Eastside was known as Detroit-East.

Michigandriveins.com on September 2, 2013 at 2:20 pm

After comparing it to the 1984 photo I just added, I question whether this photo on drive-ins.com is actually the Westside: http://www.drive-ins.com/pictures/mitwes2002.jpg

rivest266 on November 5, 2015 at 7:54 pm

April 26th, 1940 grand opening ad in photo section.

davidcoppock on March 17, 2019 at 1:35 am

This site is now B&B Windows & Doors, and Weathergard.

GRC on December 27, 2022 at 1:12 am

The West Side (or, Westside) was the second in the Detroit area (April 1940) after the East Side (1938). It was the first area drive-in to install a CinemaScope screen in 1954 (East Side followed days later) and the first to offer electric in-car heaters (October 1957) with the East Side following quickly.

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