Starlite Drive-In

6400 W. 95th Street,
Oak Lawn, IL 60453

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Starlite drive-in screen after tornado

Located in the Oak Lawn district, the Starlite Drive-In had one screen and was opened September 3, 1948 with Cornel Wilde in “The Walls of Jericho”. The original screen was blown down by the tornado of April, 1967. It had a playground at the base of the screen. It also was open year round and had propane beehive type heaters, but you used your drivers license as collateral. They also owned the giant fiberglass slide out by the marquee along with a go-kart track. For a couple of years they rented snowmobiles in the winter to run up and down the long driveway.

I worked at the Starlite Drive-In from 1967 to 1971 on the weekends. My uncle was the assistant manager for the Starlite Drive-In and the indoor Studio Theater next door. My pay was $1.25 per hour. I have a million memories and not enough space here to tell all.

Contributed by Todd Hill

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donnafishfish on May 16, 2008 at 7:18 pm

I once snuck in the drive-in alone —with 3 kids in the trunk I also went there on a first date—I went to the washroom—and got lost for a half hour because I forgot what kind of car my date drove DUH!! I also remember Terry’s Discount store and I think there was an A&P grocery store in the same shopping area My grandma loved A&P’s blackberry jam!!!

kimfaith on February 20, 2009 at 9:53 am

This drive-in was my families business for all the years growing up. I would go there in my PJs to visit my dad. We did not only go-karts but pony rides, and anything else to get the crowds in. It was exactly what one would envision a 1950s/60s drive-in movie should be.

KathyBee46 on September 23, 2009 at 4:20 pm

Does anyone have any photos of the Starlite Drive-in? My friends and I used to go there and I’d love to surprise them with a memory of 38 eyars ago. thanks.

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Drive-In 54 on May 3, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Does anybody have photos to share???

jwmovies on December 9, 2012 at 12:19 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 6551 95th Street. The entrance was about where B Of A is located now.

tcb on July 2, 2013 at 11:12 pm

Yep. The entrance was probably about where that new traffic light was put up at the far west side mall entrance on 95th street right next to the bar which has been there forever (including when the Starlight was still there). Speaking of memories of the Starlight and the Studio I remember seeing Jerry G Bishop, in person as the original Svengoolie, at the Studio on Halloween eve 1970. He was a DJ on either WLS or WCFL and also doubled as Svengoolie on channel 32 when they were just a fledgling station on UHF. They were not part of Fox at that time. They were WFLD (FieLD Communications). Man those were the days!

cyamonday on September 22, 2015 at 12:36 am

there was an A&P and a Terrys there….my mom would go there with her car full of kiddies back in the 60’s….i remember it was a treat cuz the stores were both real big (to us !!) i remember the tornado of ‘67…blew down the drive-in, part of the high school there and part of St Gerald’s school too.

rivest266 on November 11, 2016 at 3:34 am

This opened on September 3rd, 1948. Its grand opening ad can be found in the photo section.

davidcoppock on November 14, 2018 at 2:17 am

Opened with “The walls of Jericho”.

DavidZornig on June 21, 2020 at 2:32 pm

Address was 6400 West 95th Street per the print ads in the gallery.

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