8301 South Tacoma Way,
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Star-Lite Park-In Theatre was built in 1948 by E. Chester and Sue Nilsson and Charles L. and Cora Theuerkauf. It was the second drive-in theater built in Tacoma. Its original screen measured 39 feet by 54 feet. A newer, larger screen went up later.
The theater opened May 26, 1948, showing “Golden Earrings” with Ray Milland and Marlene Dietrich and “Adventure Island” with Rory Calhoun and Rhonda Fleming.
It closed as a drive-in theater in 1996 and operates as a swap meet site … for now. The giant screen still stands, but it looks like the whole site will be razed to make room for development. Someone is anxious to pay the hefty price for open land like that (three acres) in Tacoma.
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