Dinner and a Movie: Drive Up to a Drive-In in the D

By: Michael Fossbakk | August 27, 2018

As residents of The Motor City, we love our cars. Plain and simple. But, there are some automotive experiences that seem to be almost lost to time. Drive-in movie theaters and restaurants are almost non-existent, which makes us ever thankful for the ones that have stuck around. So, pull up in your ride, enjoy a coney or two and kick back to a double feature in Metro Detroit.

Movies

Ford-Wyoming Drive-In

Named after its cross streets, the Ford-Wyoming Drive-In is one of the last remaining drive-in movie theaters in Michigan. This drive-in always plays a double feature and is open all week long. Right now, they are playing The Meg, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, Disney’s Christopher Robin, Mission Impossible: Fallout and more.

Summer Drive-In (USA Hockey Arena)

Like the Ford Drive-In, you can catch a pair of movies on one of three screens at Summer Drive-In in Plymouth. Right now, they are playing The Meg, Mission Impossible: Fallout, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, Hotel Transylvania 3, Incredibles 2 and more.

Restaurants

Bill’s Drive-In

Located in Ypsilanti and open since 1939, Bill’s Drive-In is a no-frills place where ordering is as simple as parking your car, telling the carhop what you’d like and waiting a few minutes to dine on some delicious coneys, fries and more. Get it now because Bill’s closes for the winter season from October until February.

Daly Drive-In

Located in Livonia, this is the last Daly Drive-In still standing. It is owned by Scott Grace, whose father opened it in 1959, and serves your regular drive-in fare of coney dogs, fries, root beer and more. The chili for Daly’s coney dog is made with a ketchup-based sauce that is unique enough that you can find bottles of it at local Hiller’s and Busch’s supermarkets.

Eddie’s Drive-In

If you want the nostalgic drive-in experience with carhops on roller skates, then head to Eddie’s Drive-In in Harrison Charter Township. Enjoy a footlong hot dog and root beer while you relax in the comfort of your car and your favorite radio station carries you away.

Chick Inn Drive-In

While Chick Inn Drive-In has the classic menu items like coney dogs, fries and burgers, this Ypsilanti establishment is where you can get the nostalgic experience of a 1950s drive-in with a delicious chicken sandwich.