Lansing landmarks in the day

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Living on the South side, we all remember the Southtown theatre. It opened on October 23, 1940. Here is the ad announcing that opening.

 


And an old picture of the theatre


The old Starlight Drive-In


And the Crest Drive-In

 


A long-time fixture, the Gladmer. Since the marquee doesn't have a listing, I'm guessing it was waiting for demolition

 


The Strand in downtown Lansing

 


Lake Lansing's wooden roller coaster and dodgem cars

 


Moore's Park pool, where a (refundable) deposit of 10 cents got you a lock for swimming, and a guy outside with an ice cream cart tried to get that dime away when you left

 


Bud Kouts Chevrolet circa 1963

 


Inside Kouts Chevrolet with a gorgeous '57 convertible adorning the showroom floor

 


JW Knapp's in the 40s

 


The Tom-McAn shoestore

 


Arbaugh's in the early '50s

 


The Capitol theatre in downtown Lansing. Judging by the cars shown, I'd say about 1956-58.

 


The Planter's Peanut store, a fixture that's still there

 


Story Oldsmobile located on Capitol Ave. in 1957

 


Story Olds in 1955 showing off the new police cars

 


University Olds on Michigan Ave. in 1962. A 1961 is shown on the left and must be part of the close out sale



McDonald's on South Cedar - Looks like the first original building

 


The "Old Everett," where most of us attended elementary school

 


Walter French Jr. High. Doesn't this look more like a prison than a school?

 

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