Dearborn Drive-In

26500 Ford Road,
Dearborn Heights, MI 48127

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

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Dearborn Drive-In

The Dearborn Drive-In opened July 23, 1948 by Komer and Goldberg and had space for 1,040 cars. During its early years, the drive-in also boasted a mini-train ride for children. The Wisper & Wetsman chain acquired the Dearborn Drive-In during the 1960’s, and operated it until 1979, when it was taken over by Wayne Amusements, which added a second screen shortly thereafter, and increased capacity to over 1,200.

The drive-in was closed in 1984, and demolished two years later to make way for a shopping center.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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dave-bronx™ on July 26, 2004 at 6:55 pm

Who is Wisper & Wetsman? I worked for General Cinema in the 60s & 70s and we had Dearborn, East Side and West Side Drive-In theatres in the Detroit area.

sdoerr on July 26, 2004 at 8:29 pm

Wisper & Wetsman was a theatre chain. I believe the chain has ceased operations long ago.

llhufstedler on February 16, 2009 at 7:27 am

Does anyone remember which famous person landed on the concession stand at the Dearborn Drive-In – Dearborn, MI during the 60’s???
I can’t remember – please help!! Thanks!

rivest266 on November 6, 2015 at 2:40 pm

July 23rd, 1948 grand opening ad in photo section.

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