HomeDrive-In Theaters55-Hi Drive-In Theatre - Houghton Lake, MI

55-Hi Drive-In Theatre - Houghton Lake MI

Address: 9169 W. Lake City Rd
City: Houghton Lake
State: MI
Zip: 48651
County: Roscommon
Open: (1950)
Closed: N/A
Capacity: 241
Owner History: Jim Olson (1957-65) Steve Eisner (1969-)
Number of visits to this page: 20705
General Information:

Update Oct 9 2023: I was refreshing the photos on this post and noticed there is a shape south of the old drive-in that resembles an old track of some kind.

The 55-Hi Drive-In opened somewhere around 1950 and was operated by Jim Olsen, later by Steve Eisner. The drive-in was listed at 500 car capacity with a single screen. No closing date given. It has since been demolished. Located neat the junction of M-55 and old US-127.

Info Updates:
12/29/2010 - Vince
I used to be a part time projectionist at the old 55 when the Goldfarb Corp owned it back in them mid 70's. They used to own theaters all over northern Michigan. Which included the 55 Hi and the Gaylord Drive in at the corner of McCoy rd and old 27.
8/15/2005 - Pat Weaver

I remember attending this drive-in, as it wasnt too far from Gladwin, and one night I drove up to borrow a box of carbons for Meredith and got to see the booth. The hallmark of an Olsen theatre was the generally superb, well-equipped projection booth, and this was no exception. Brenkert, or RCA BX100 heads, RCA 9030 soundheads, but also RCA stereo heads as well.

Its a shame the 55HI isnt there anymore, for it was a beautiful facility, as any old time Houghton Laker will tell you. I think it might have been larger than 250 car capacity, because it was bigger than Meredith was, or so it seemed to me, and Meredith had 350 car capacity.

10/16/2003 - MichiganDriveIns.com

I recall vacationing in this area about 76 or 77 and poking around the abandoned remains of this Drive-In. It was very close to the interchange for M-55 and US 127, near a cluster of restaurants and related businesses. It looked at that point as if it had been closed for quite some time.

The screen tower was quite substantially constructed, with some artwork depicting some cartoonish chipmunks or squirrels, who were also on the marquee sign (which was laying in the tall weeds in the middle of the lot as I recall) The letters "55-HI" stood the entire width of the tower, although they were badly faded.

The concession stand was still intact, but it seemed to be of a more recent construction than the screen tower--it didnt jibe architecturely with the screen tower. On my next visit to the area, (circa 1982) it was completely gone without a trace. The D/I pictured here (ref:Northwoods Drive-In)was on the other side of town I think. Hope some of this is useful.(Andrew 11-6-02)

7/3/2003 - WaterWinterWonderland
A recent site inspection reveals that some ramps are still visible and there is a nice amount of poles stacked on the lot. It looks like some work is being done on the site which will bury the old drive-in forever.

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55-Hi Drive-In Theatre - Vintage Aerial
Vintage Aerial
55-Hi Drive-In Theatre - 1954 Aerial Photo
1954 Aerial Photo
55-Hi Drive-In Theatre - 1960 Aerial Photo
1960 Aerial Photo
55-Hi Drive-In Theatre - Aerial Map
Aerial Map
55-Hi Drive-In Theatre - Old Flyer
Old Flyer
55-Hi Drive-In Theatre - Old Flyer
Old Flyer
55-Hi Drive-In Theatre - Sep 21 1951 Ad
Sep 21 1951 Ad
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