5 Mile Drive-In

28190 State Route 152,
Dowagiac, MI 49047

500 cars

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5-Mile Drive-In

Opened on June 29, 1961, the 5 Mile Drive-In, accommodated 432 cars. It is immaculately maintained and one of the few that still has a playground for the children. Local vicinity broadcasts have replaced the traditional speakers on both AM and FM frequencies.

Now with a capacity for 500-cars, it was open seasonally on Friday, Saturday and Sunday featuring a double bill from Memorial Day thru Labor Day. Admission was $14.00 per carload. It was closed at the end of the 2023 season and was put up ‘For Sale’ in May 2024.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

gater6901 on August 14, 2012 at 11:36 am

they need to post what movie they are showing that is why we dont go thear any more

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Drive-In 54 on August 31, 2014 at 7:30 am

The website:www.5-miledriveinsouthwestmi.com/

More information here

rivest266 on December 21, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Closed? website is down

NYozoner on March 24, 2015 at 12:59 am

No website. No Facebook page. Not looking good.

Trolleyguy on April 8, 2016 at 9:56 pm

Website is up. Season doesn’t start until June.

TomMc11 on June 5, 2018 at 9:36 am

https://5-miledriveinsouthwestmi.com/ is the website

MichaelKilgore on July 28, 2021 at 6:46 am

Motion Picture Exhibitor, June 14, 1961: “DOWEGIAC (sic), MICH.—Three individuals who have never had anything to do with show business take the plunge June 29 when they open the Five Mile North Drive-In Theatre, complete with fireworks. The title of the new project is Sisters Lake Enterprise. President is Donald G. White of Sisters Lake, who operates bowling alleys. Vice-president is Professor James Dincolo, who instructs at Notre Dame at South Bend, Ind., and who lives there. Secretary-treasurer is George S. Keller, who is an attorney and dwells in Niles, Mich. West Engineering Co. of Flint, Mich., built the 432-car site. All equipment is being furnished by the Detroit branch of National Theatre Supply.”

BigScreen_com on May 10, 2024 at 2:53 pm

This theater is not reopening for the 2024 season, and is for sale:

Dowagiac, MI: 5 Mile Drive-In Not Reopening for 2024 Season, For Sale [May 10, 2024]

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