Grand River Drive-In

30200 Grand River Avenue,
Farmington, MI 48336

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Grand River Drive-In

The Grand River Drive-In opened April 15 1949. It was a single screen theatre with a capacity for 750 cars. Two more screens were later added, giving a car capacity for 1,100. It was closed around 1988.

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JohnMLauter on May 13, 2009 at 9:50 pm

The Grand River Drive in was run by the Goldberg family’s Community theatres chain. I had my first job at the Grand River DI, at which I failed misrably!

rivest266 on November 6, 2015 at 3:33 pm

April 15th, 1949 grand opening ad in photo section.

CMHurley on April 6, 2016 at 2:32 pm

West River shopping center now on this site (Target, etc.), including the Riviera theater.

GRC on December 26, 2022 at 9:56 pm

This popular and well-attended drive-in was the only one near Detroit that never installed in-car heaters for year-round operation. It would be open from March to after Thanksgiving, but you were on your own to keep warm on cold nights. Most odd was that after the Town Drive-in closed in 1962, the Grand River was heavily marketed as the Town’s replacement (“The Grand River - Town”) but why didn’t they take the Town’s heaters and install them at the Grand River? Considering the next drive-ins “westward” were the Walake and the Lakes, they were closed all winter too, so it seemed like a missed opportunity.

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