Drive-in has one-time reopening
MANISTIQUE – Manistique’s drive-in theater was opened recently for a one time showing of “Back to The Future.” The Schoolcraft County Economic Development Corporation hosted a showing of “Back to the Future” recently with sponsorship provided by Limestone Federal Credit Union and concessions for the benefit of St. Francis de Sales eighth grade class trip to Washington DC.
“We just wanted something fun to bring people together,” said Alan Barr, EDC director. “Local folks, tourists, people that haven’t been to a drive-in in years, and some who have never been to a drive-in. It was important to us to make it a free event, so all who wanted to attend were able. We were only limited by space.”
“We were thrilled to be able to help bring the drive-in to life again,” said Jennifer Watson, LFCU CEO. “It was so much fun for all our staff, who served as parking and concession volunteers. We are proud to be a member of the EDC and to partner with them on making Schoolcraft County a great place to live.”
The event reached capacity at 343 cars, with an estimated 1,200 in attendance. Volunteers talked to attendees from the Soo, Newberry, Gladstone, Marquette, and Iron Mountain. The St. Francis de sales school eighth grade class was able to clear over $1,000 in concession profits.
The theater closed permanently in 2001, and the property is still owned by former residents Jason and April Collins. “We are so very grateful for Jason and April’s generosity in allowing us to use the drive-in,” said Don Erickson, EDC board chair/St. Francis teacher, one of the lead organizers, who, along with Eric Sherbinow of Habitat for Humanity, made this event a reality. “My sister and I almost bought the Marquette drive-in 30 years ago,” says Sherbinow. “This gave me a chance to make that dream a reality, and I’m happy so many folks were able to enjoy it.”