The Mason County Quiz, April 5, 2024: Answers

The Mason County Quiz is presented by Lake Michigan Senior Living, located on the bluffs of Lake Michigan in beautiful Summit Township.

How much do you know about Mason County?

By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief

  1. What was the name of the movie theater located in downtown Scottville?

a. Star Theater

b. A-Muz-U Theater

c. 4-Star Theater

d. All of the above

D. All of the above

The first and only movie theater in Scottville was located at 111 S. Main St. The 400-seat cinema opened in 1914 as the A-Muz-U Theater. At some point the name was changed to Star Theater.

In 1932, Glenn and Jessie Wallace, who moved to Scottville from Muskegon, began operating the theater. In 1936, the Wallaces purchased it and and renamed it the 4-Star Theater, in honor of their four children. Glenn operated the theater until 1955 when he closed it due to decreased ticket sales because of the popularity of television. His son, Charles (Chuck), re-opened it later that year and continued to own and manage the theater until it closed in the early 1980s.

2. What was the name of the drive in movie theater located near Ludington?

a. Cherry Bowl

b. Pickwick

c. Getty 4

d. Star-Lite

D. Star-Lite.

The Star-Lite Drive-In Theater was located on the southeast corner of US 10 and what is now known as Pere Marquette Highway (formerly US 31) in Pere Marquette Township. It was built in 1953 by Glenn Wallace, who also owned the 4-Star Theater in Scottville. In 1958, Chuck Wallace took over operations of the drive-in from his father, purchasing it in 1968. Chuck sold the drive-in in 1975 and it eventually closed in the early 1980s.

The easterly road located just south of the US 10/Pere Marquette Highway intersection is named Wallace Drive in honor of the Wallace family.

Each of the possible answers listed are or were actual drive-in theaters. The Cherry Bowl, which is currently for sale, is located in Honor. The Getty 4 is located on Getty Street in Norton Shores and the Burbank Pickwick Drive-In was located in Burbank, California and was where the drive-in scenes in the movie “Grease” were filmed. The drive-in was torn down in 1989.

Read more about the Wallace theaters here.

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