Fort George Drive-In

16300 Fort Street,
Southgate, MI 48195

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Previous Names: Fort Drive-In

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Ft. George Drive-In

Located in Southgate to the southwest of Detroit, near Wyandotte. The Fort Drive-In opened on May 4, 1950 with the 3 Marx Brothers in “Love Happy”. It was run by Nicholas George and Cooperative Ct., as was just about every theatre in the area “downriver” from Detroit it seems. The Fort George Drive-In had an initial capacity of 1,200 cars; after a renovation in 1977, it had a capacity of 1,300 cars. When the screen was damaged by high winds in 1990, it was torn down in 1991.

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DonSolosan on July 31, 2008 at 4:47 pm

Opened in 1950, damaged in 1990, torn down in 1991.

DonSolosan on May 8, 2009 at 4:07 pm

By the way, as you can see from the photos on the page that Lost Memory posted, this started out as the Fort Drive-in. When Nicholas George bought it, he renamed it the Fort George.

kc2 on October 20, 2015 at 3:55 pm

I was employed at the Fort George Drive-In from 1989-90. It stayed open through the entire 1990 season, as the storm damage didn’t occur until 1991. The owners decided against investing in any repairs and put the property up for sale instead. The structure wasn’t brought down until summer 1992. I believe it occurred in August.

CMHurley on April 4, 2016 at 7:38 pm

A Meijer now sits on the site, on Fort Street south of Eureka and north of Pennsylvania roads.

kennerado on August 29, 2021 at 7:39 pm

Opened on 4th of May 1950 with “Love Happy”.

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