Status: WESTSIDE -- 8 Mile Rd near Coolidge, Detroit -- One of the earliest drive ins, a sister to the Eastside. Small theater holding about 800 cars. Started to have gang troubles in the early '80s and was torn down in December 1984 to make way for lumber yard (which has since gone out of business). (Evil Sams Drive-In Theatre Guide/Fredrick R. 1996
Update: "Gone, Detroit's second drive-in."
UPDATE: My father, Charles Zack, managed the Westside Theater in the 40's and 50's, I have a lot of material from those years. I worked at the kiddieland that my Dad built next to the drive-in, as well as the concession stand at the Westside. Phillip Smith was often a guest at our home. I have scrapbooks filled with pics of MISS FLAME contest that helped to sell war bonds in the forties. My Dad ran many contests, and was very successful. Every Fourth of July, the Westside offered a wonderful fireworks display that always ended with the American flag displayed in lights. On Easter Sunday, the theater held a sunrise service for all who wished to attend. All of these events are documented in newspaper clippings and various other sources. My Dad was the recipient of many awards and accolades for his innovations in the theater business. many of the awards presented to him came from Gov "Soapy" Williams. The theater was a 2nd home for myself and my sister and brother, I remember the name of the projectionist in the early 50's, Al Smith. (Victoria Zack-Calvaruso 7-7-04)