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Berrien & Surrounding Counties
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Nothing lasts forever...............
Gone but not forgotten are some of the places we and our ancestors frequented. This is a look back at some of the interesting places.

Just as the horse and buggy were replaced by the auto, so have other places of entertainment, like the drive in theater and small amusement parks.
And many of the small businesses were replaced by the large malls and "Super stores" which offered one place shopping.

Tourism Map August 17, 1959
showing many, but not all of the vacation and recreational places in Berrien.

Tourism Map 1959

Public Beaches1. Grand Mere2. Stevensville3. Glenlord4. Weke5. Lions Park
6. Silver Beach7. North Pier Beach8. Jean Klock9. Rocky Gap10. Hagar Beach11. Trailside Park
Amusement Parks6. Silver Beach12. House of David13. Deer Forest
Summer Theaters15. Sister Lake Playhouse16. Paw Paw Lake Playhouse
Golf Courses17. Martin Hills18. Indian Lake19 Paw Paw Lake Golf Club35. Blossom Trails20. Miniature Golf & Driving Range
21. Miniature Golf
Outdoor Movies22. Starlite Drive-In23. St. Joe Auto TheaterFruit Markets24. Benton Harbor Fruit Market
Roller Rinks25. Sheeley's Roller Rink35. Ramona Roller RinkBowling27. Twin Cities Recreation28. Gersonde Bowling
29. Will-O-Paw Lanes30. Coloma Recreation39. Lake Bowl, Sister LakesAuto Racing31. Millburg Speedway
Dancing32. Crystal PalaceFish Hatchery33. Millburg HatcheryBoat Rides6. Silver Beach
Country Clubs36. Berrien Hills37. Point O' Woods

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Drive-In Theaters

Starlite Drive-In
Opened July 1948 and closed on or before 1989

St. Joe Auto Theater
Open on or before 1950
auto theater

Sunset Drive
Between Hartford and Watervliet
operating in 1953

No Photo but also Niles 31 Outdoor Theater
2141 S. 11 th Street, Niles
Operated 1948 until about 1985
Indoor Theaters
Cozy Theater up to 1944 then named Harlo Theater - razed in the 1950's

City Theater
City theater

Lake Theater -
194-98 E. Main Street
Benton Harbor
Lake Theater

Liberty Theater -
212 E. Main Street
Benton Harbor, MI
Opened 1922 and closed Otober of 1972
State Theater
Opened 1942 & Closed 1974
148 W. Main Street
Benton Harbot, MI

Other theaters in the area:
Bridgman Theater, Bridgman Michigan
Ran in about 1936  - no longer in operation
Caldwell Theater
415-19 State St.St. Joe, MI
Opened 1913, Fird 1923 and
Recovered until 1955 when closed
Razed in 1960
Vickers - Three Oaks Michigan
started in 1911
Fleet Theater - Watervliet - Closed
Celebration Cinema
St. Joseph
Fairplain Cinema
Benton Harbor - closed
Hollywood Theater - Buchanan - closedLee Theater - Three Oaks, MI - closed
Loma Theater, Coloma - closedReady Theater, Niles - closed
Dining, Dancing and Parks.
Bass Island Park
Pipestone Lake
Chuck Haven
Club Ramona
Sister Lakes
Merri-Maid Hall
US 31
The Holiday House
Holiday House
Win Schuler's Restaurant - burned July, 1963
rebuilt new local in 1964 - Stevensville, Michigan
Fine ArtsBell Opera House, Benton Harbor, MI
In operation 1900 and before
Yore Opera House - burned 1896 - see our on line article
Clothing and Shoe Shops
1948 Add for Weil's Dresses
dresses  Rowley's Shoes The News -
, 6 September 1949 -Tuesday
Rowley's Shoes The News -
, 6 September 1949 -Tuesday

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