Starlite Drive-In

1100 Benner Pike,
State College, PA 16801

500 cars

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The Starlite Drive-In opened in 1949. It has a single screen that measures 40-foot high x 93-foot wide. This drive-in has a capacity for 500 cars. It was closed in 2008.

Contributed by Lost Memory

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helman700
helman700 on August 4, 2008 at 11:40 am

Actually it’s finally been closed. They sold the property two years ago and leased it for the 2007 season, but in early 2008 they decided not to open for the season. It’s still there though for now. If anyone has a large tract of land and a big sheet, I’ll open a new one, but in the meantime RIP temple (destroyed by Wal-mart of course) and starlite (closed by the prospect of a Wal-mart relocationg of a half-mile like Lowe’s, or something else dumb that we don’t need).

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 4, 2008 at 12:59 pm

Click here for a 2007 photo of the Starlite Drive-In. Click on the photo to expand it.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 6, 2008 at 4:53 pm

There is an April 1950 article from the Daily Collegian on this site that discusses the opening of the drive-in:
http://tinyurl.com/5km28a

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 6, 2008 at 4:57 pm

Where is the date on the article?

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 6, 2008 at 5:07 pm

This is the entry on Google archive:

New Drive – In Theatre Opens
Daily Collegian (1940 – 1987) – Penn State University – Apr 29, 1950
Opening of the new $75000 Starlite Drive – in Theatre on the Bellefonte – State College road is scheduled for tonight, according to owner Phillip Schleit. …

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 6, 2008 at 5:08 pm

I prefer to see the date with the article.

DRIVEIN101
DRIVEIN101 on May 6, 2009 at 5:13 am

I was fortunate to have visited the Starlite in its last season. Nice view behind the screen, and the owner was very conversational.

Expanding on the first comment above, I’m kinda curious to know how many drive-ins have been assassinated by Wal-Mart (sigh of frustration)

jwmovies
jwmovies on December 6, 2012 at 10:30 pm
  1. PLEASE UPDATE TO CLOSED.

  2. THE DRIVE-IN WAS FURTHER SOUTH THAN THE ADDRESS LISTED. IT’S ACROSS THE STREET FROM 1255 BENNER PIKE.

The screen, buildings and ramps are still up at this time.

kagami101
kagami101 on April 1, 2013 at 4:30 pm

I was never a big Starlite fan. Did see “Jaws” there though. The Temple Drive-In was closer and we went there more often before the property become too valuable and they tore it down. BTW, how come The Temple isn’t listed?

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on April 1, 2013 at 5:25 pm

The reason it is not listed is because nobody has listed it yet. If you have information (location, years opened, pictures, and movie ads) about the drive-in theatre, you can list it yourself. There are a lot of drive-ins theatres still not on the website yet.

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