Auto Theatre

4291 Grand Haven Road,
Muskegon, MI 49441

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Previous Names: Muskegon Auto Drive-In

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Auto Theatre

The Muskegon Auto Drive-In was opened August 26, 1947 with a capacity for 740 cars. In 1955 the Muskegon Auto Drive-In was operated by Allen Shaw, the Lombardo Bros. & General Theatres Inc. The Auto Theatre closed September 1, 1980 and has been demolished.

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kencmcintyre on May 12, 2007 at 10:36 am

Likely the scene of much autoeroticism in the fifties and sixties.
8-) on August 24, 2008 at 7:01 am

The Muskegon Auto Theatre opened 8/26/47, and showed it’s last movie on 9/1/80.

JeffG on April 7, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Chuck- actually the latest additions and parking lots for Cinema Carousel do sit on the site of the former Auto Theater. In fact, Cinema Carousel uses the old drive-in sign for advertising.

MichaelKilgore on July 10, 2017 at 8:48 am

Looks like one A.W. Ochs started the Auto.

The 1948-49 Theatre Catalog lists A. W. Ochs, Muskegon Drive-In Theater Co., capacity 400. The next edition dropped the company. In the 1952 edition, Ochs is joined by General Th. Serv. Then Ochs was out by the 1955 edition, replaced by Allen Shaw, Lombardo Bros.

The IMPAs also list a capacity of 400 through at least 1976. The Auto was still listed in the 1982 IMPA (owner: Loeks, capacity: 700) but was gone by the 1984 edition.

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