Midwest Living Review
Owners Harry and Laura Clark have brought back the 1950s, a decade they recall as one of prosperity, family and patriotism, with the Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theater on northern Michigan's US-31. The Cherry Bowl, which first opened in 1953 and was acquired by the Clarks in 1997, can accommodate 300 cars in front of a jumbo screen with vintage 1950s speakers at every parking spot on the grass lawn. Just steps away, the concession stand features fresh popcorn with real butter, homemade caramel corn, cotton candy, ice cream and other traditional treats. The Cherry Bowl always features two current movies (on 35-millimeter film) for the price of one ticket. The opening film begins at dusk, and the second usually starts around midnight. The Clarks are a deeply Christian family. As such, all movies are rated G or PG-13; they have a zero-tolerance policy toward alcohol or teens smooching at the drive-in. For a taste of the passion Harry Clark holds for this trade -- by all accounts a dying breed -- call the hotline and listen to him yell out the Cherry Bowl's upcoming lineup with the mad gusto of a ringside wrestling announcer. Cherry Bowl Charlie's Cafe next door features delicious comfort food until 10 p.m. Try the signature Cherry pepperoni pizza (also available to go), the Transformer sandwich or a gourmet burger. The bakery offers fresh, mouthwatering sticky buns and apple or cherry pies.