Two drive-in theaters in Michigan are closing, going up for sale

VAN BUREN COUNTY, MI – Two of Southwest Michigan’s remaining drive-in theaters have closed.

According to their websites, the Sunset Drive-In in Hartford and the 5 Mile Drive-In in Dowagiac have both closed and been put up for sale.

“As a family business, our activities are deeply intertwined with the well-being of our own family members,” read identical statements on the sister websites. “Unforeseen health challenges within our family require us to take a step back at this time. …We can’t thank you enough for the love and support you have shown us. We hope your summer is filled with fun adventures!”

Parties interested in purchasing either theater are asked to contact us.

The theaters are managed by Milton Edwards, son of Neal and Glenda Edwards, who purchased the two theaters in 2003 and 2006, respectively.

For information about the 5-Mile Drive-In, at 28190 M-152, email [email protected]. For information about the Sunset Drive-In, at 69071 Red Arrow Highway, email [email protected].

In 2023, tickets for the double weekend movies cost $30 per car, with gates opening at 7pm and showings starting at dusk. Visitors played the sound of the films through their car radios.

Films playing at drive-in theaters in 2023 included ‘Transformers: Rise of the Beasts’, ‘Barbie’, ‘No Hard Feelings’, ‘The Flash’ and ‘Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One ‘.

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