Today is Opening Day – and not only for the Detroit Tigers.
Located in Mundy Township, one of Michigan’s few remaining drive-in theaters will be opening its gates this evening for the 2017 season. And yes, employees have confirmed: the show will go on whatever the weather – rain, starlight or even snow (knock on wood).
“We’re looking forward to another great season,” says Johny Thomas, general manager of the US 23 Drive-in Theater. “A lot of people have memories of going to the drive-in when they were younger. They like passing that experience on to their kids and grand kids.”
And while tradition lives on at the 1950s-era venue, it also has a few modern touches. In 2013, the venue swapped out its 35mm film reels for digital projectors, a transition that has resulted in a brighter picture and sharper sound.
This week, the audience can see the projectors in action, with double features including:
- Screen 1: The Boss Baby/LEGO Batman
- Screen 2: Logan/Get Out
- Screen 3: Kong: Skull Island/Chips
Admission includes two feature films and is priced at just $9 per adult and $7 per child (ages 3-12).
Movies start at dusk (around 8:15 p.m. this weekend), although Thomas recommends arriving as early as possible. Gates open at 7:30 p.m., and spots are first-come, first-serve.
The theater will be open only on Fridays and Saturdays to begin, and will extend its hours to seven days a week starting Memorial Day Weekend. It will resume its weekend-only schedule Labor Day Weekend, before closing for the season in mid-October.
For more information about the US 23 Digital Drive-in Theater, at 5200 Fenton Road in Flint, call 810-238-0751 or visit www.us23driveintheater.com.
Caption: File photo from 2012