Star-Lite Drive-In

8301 South Tacoma Way,
Tacoma, WA 98409

550 cars

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StarBright
StarBright on May 11, 2015 at 12:36 pm

My husband and I met at the Star Lite Drive-In. He worked the field as a bouncer, I worked as a cashier both in the booth and the snack bar. We worked for Al and Joanie Larpentuer back in 1970. Those were fun times. We don’t have pictures, just lots of memories. We married in 1971 and continued to work there until our family started. Today we have taken a room in our home and named it the Star-Lite Theatre. Theatre seats from 6Ave. theatre which we recovered and black and maroon drapes which I made. This doesn’t sound much like the Star Lite Drive In but it is a lot warmer. And you can pause for the cause without missing any of the film. Thanks for the pictures, now I have something to hang up that is a part of the history of the “STAR LITE DRIVE IN”

jwmovies
jwmovies on December 5, 2012 at 1:20 pm
  1. ABOVE ADDRESS IS INCORRECT. THE ADDRESS IS 8327 South Tacoma Way.

  2. DRIVE-IN STATUS SHOULD BE CLOSED. THIS IS JUST A SWAP MEET. IT DOES NOT PLAY MOVIES.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 2, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Thanks for the pictures, I have it being owned by William Forman.he owned Several drive-ins in this state and it parked 550 cars.

KenLayton
KenLayton on September 6, 2005 at 5:08 am

About a month ago, Channel 7 (KIRO-tv) did a news story about the City of Tacoma shutting down the swap meet for a while. Seems the business owners had no business license to operate a swap meet. Also sellers are required to buy an individual swap meet license too!

teecee
teecee on May 3, 2005 at 1:00 pm

great find! the hyperlink won’t work as typed due to the ending comma which needs to be removed. Here is the corrected link:

http://search.tpl.lib.wa.us/images/

kateymac01
kateymac01 on May 3, 2005 at 12:18 pm

There are great photos to look at if you go to http://search.tpl.lib.wa.us/images/, and then type Star-Lite in the search line.