Traverse City Record-Eagle


April 25, 2012

Cherry Bowl Drive-In to open Friday

TRAVERSE CITY — The Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre will open for its 59th season on schedule this Friday.

The Benzie County landmark is owned by Harry Clark, who was injured March 10 during storm cleanup near his home. More than 100 volunteers pitched in to get the drive-in ready for the season during a daylong work bee in March.

The drive-in sign has been urging passers-by to "Honk for Harry."

Clark, 63, continues to recover from his injuries. He was transferred out of Munson Medical Center in Traverse City this week, said Meghan Daigh, media and community relations for the hospital. He is now at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids, said a hospital spokeswoman.

"Harry's off the ventilator and talking," said Chris Theobald, owner of the Honor Motel, east of the drive-in on U.S. 31.

The theater, known for showing nothing with a rating higher than PG-13, will open with "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" and "Wrath of the Titans." The gates open at 7:30 p.m. and showtime is at dusk Friday and Saturday. The schedule will expand to seven nights a week closer to summer.

A summer carnival to benefit the Clark family is being planned for June 23, said Debbie Nicholson, ministry coordinator at Fresh Wind Christian Community, the Clarks' church.

If people want to help before that? "They can go to a movie," laughed Nicholson.

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