Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre, Honor

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Movie Theater · Fun & Games
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre & Diner is a historic drive-in theater and diner in Honor, Michigan on US Highway 31 (US 31). It opened on July 4, 1953. and was one of seven remaining drive-in theaters in Michigan in 2003. It has a snack bar, children's play areas, putt-putt golf, beach volleyball, home-run derby and an area for dogs. Entertainment events include Hula-Hoop contests and Elvis impersonators. The Cherry Bowl is the only remaining drive-in theater in Northern Michigan. The Cherry Bowl's sound system uses the original vacuum tube motiograph amplifiers powering speakers at speaker posts. An FM Radio option is also offered. The drive-in theatre is open in the summertime. The Cherry Bowl has converted to digital HD projection. Then-Governor Jennifer Granholm told the Detroit Free Press in 2009 that residents "haven't lived in Michigan until ' been to the old-fashioned Cherry Bowl Drive-in in Benzie County, where can sit on cushions in the back of truck on a warm night, munching on the best movie popcorn and chicken fingers in Michigan watching an evening summer movie." In 2013, Honda awarded the theatre a prize in its "Project Drive-In" social media campaign; the car maker awarded the Cherry Bowl a new digital projector. The theater and drive-in are located at 9812 Honor Highway (US 31).
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  • We visit this place every summer, sometimes two or three times and we always have the best time. Great selection at the snack bar-excellent popcorn! The night sky is so beautiful on a clear night! A.....  more »
  • We went on a Tuesday evening, and were surprised by how busy it was! We had a spot in the last row (because of a rooftop luggage carrier), but had no problems seeing the screen. The boys sat on the.....  more »
  • Saw this place as we were passing through and had to stop. What a gem! Family fun and friendly place. Absolutely will have to make an effort to come out this way again. My children had a wonderful experience and made great memories here. Love that they have birthday "shout outs" and the whole place clapped and cheered for the little ones celebrating.
  • Absolutely fantastic place. Friendly courteous staff. Compared to other movie venues they are very affordable. Ticket prices are cheaper, concession prices are way cheaper than your traditional theater. Plus you get the comfort and convenience of supplying your own seating. I load the back of of the wagon up with bedding and fight to stay awake. My only criticism would be, they need some screen maintenance and to improve the mini golf, or replace it with a different attraction like new playground equipment. If your going to offer something it should be the best you have to offer. A little paint, wood, creativity and elbow grease could go a long way there. Fix those two things and it will be five star all the way.

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