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Cherry Bowl Drive-In, Honor, MI / photo by Kathy McLeister

Cherry Bowl Drive-In, Honor, MI

Cherry Bowl Drive-In, Honor, MI / photo by Kathy McLeister

 For the first time a drive-in theatre was part of a THS Conclave/Theatre Tour.  The visit to the Cherry Bowl was a rainy one, but still very enjoyable. 

The Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre opened in 1953 in Northwest Michigan, the Cherry Capital of the world. The screen tower was widened in the late 1950′s to accept Cinemascope.  The sound system consists of the original vacuum tube motiograph amplifiers, that still power our speakers at the speaker posts. However, patrons also have the option of FM Radio sound through your own in car stereo system.  The picture throw is 100 yards from the projection booth to Northern Michigan’s largest movie screen. The Cherry Bowl still owns the original carbon arc projectors, but they use modern projectors with Xenon gas filled bulbs as light sources and a state of the art platter system for film.

Cherry Bowl Drive-In, Honor, MI / photo by Kathy McLeister

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  1. Gary Parks

    A really nice example of a drive-in in every way…to serve as a THS Conclave “First”!! Somehow the rainy sky adds atmosphere.

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