The drive-in movie and restaurants were all the rage in the 1950s and ’60s and Downriver was no exception. There were three main drive-in movies that existed for our entertainment.
The Fort George, with a capacity of 1300 cars, was located on Fort Street in Southgate (Ecorse Township at that time). It opened on May 4, 1950, with the feature film “Battle-ground.” In 1990, the screen at the Fort George was damaged in a windstorm and never reopened. It gave up its location to the present Meijer store.
The Michigan Drive-in, located on Dix in Southgate, opened on July 23, 1948, with the feature film “Swords-man.” It had a capacity of 1200 cars. This drive-in closed in 1990 and the property was taken over by Best Buy; several years later it was demolished and became the current home of Walmart. [Read more…]