Sundowner Drive-In

228 US-31,
Traverse City, MI 49685

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Sundowner Drive-In

Opened in 1978, closed in 1986. One screen was still standing in 2004, but this has since been demolished.

Contributed by Dave Bonan

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TenPoundHammer
TenPoundHammer on April 23, 2011 at 7:08 pm

The marquee is still used by an adjacent retailer.

jwmovies
jwmovies on November 19, 2016 at 10:19 am

The address listed is incorrect.

The address for this Drive-in is 5600 US-31, Williamsburg, MI 49690.

This area used to be part of Traverse City. Mount Hope Road now runs through the property. Some ramps are barely visible. Now there is no screen on the property.

Please update.

TomMc11
TomMc11 on June 19, 2018 at 7:54 pm

Ok, after some serious research the actual address is 228 US 31 South Traverse City, MI 49685

The address that jwmovies provided IS in fact a drive-in, but not this one. In checking out the info over at:

http://www.waterwinterwonderland.com/driveintheaters.aspx?id=265&Type=1

something wasn’t adding up. Upon looking up Traverse Bay Marine, which is the business at the address I have provided, you will note that it is at the corner of US 31 and Sundowner Drive, and that the old marquee for this twin screen ozoner is STILL standing and being used by Traverse Bay Marine. The address works fine for Google Maps but you’ll have to scroll a little north on Historic Aerials to find it. Its remains are clearly visible, screens included, in a 1993 Historic Aerial.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on November 1, 2022 at 3:22 pm

TomMc11 you are close but the drive-in (twin) was north to Sundowner Drive to Elmer’s Industrial Dr. which cuts across the parking ramps. There are three or addresses you could use for the location. Take your pick!! See aerial 1985

GPS is best way to locate drive-ins. Addresses change over the years…

GPS Coordinate’s :44.692263, -85.654010

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