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When the pandemic was in full effect, Americans found a comforting, nostalgic feeling when driving in movie, theaters and announced that they would continue to show films. This led to a surge in people going back to the tradition of heading out in their cars with their loved ones or friends and kicking back and watching a double feature from their own vehicle.

Michigan is lucky that we have, so many cool, unique, and historic movie theaters in the lower peninsula. Unfortunately, two of the most well-known ones have announced that they are closing, and it’s quite possible that it could be the very end of these drive-in theaters for good. The 5-mile drive-in in Dowagiac made the announcement yesterday, citing a personal family issue that would not only close 5-Mile but its sister drive-in, Sunset in Hartford:
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It is with a heavy heart that we announce the closure of 5 Mile Drive-In theater this summer. As a family-owned establishment, our operations are deeply intertwined with the well-being of our own family members. Unforeseen health challenges within our family require us to take a step back at this time. In light of this, both 5 Mile Drive-In and its sister theater Sunset Drive-In are available for sale. Should you have any inquiries or wish to explore opportunities further, please reach out.

We hope that their family can remain strong in these difficult times and as one person pointed out, we hope that the land is sold to somebody who has an interest in keeping the drive-in alive, and not sold to a developer.

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