Starlite Drive-In

59 Green Mountain Road E.,
Stoney Creek, ON L8J 2W4

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Starlite Drive-In

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Located in Stoney Creek, east of Hamilton, ON. The Starlight Drive-in opened in 1959. Inter-City Drive-In operated this drive-in, which has space for 425 cars. The Starlight Drive-In is still going strong today and is open in the spring, summer & fall. By 2017 it had been taken over by Premier Theatres.

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DriveInGirl
DriveInGirl on May 26, 2004 at 8:09 pm

This is another one of my favorite drive-ins. The Starlite is a really beautiful drive-in, it has one 82-foot, Cinemascope screen. The snack bar is one of the best in Ontario with an amazing assortment of delicious snacks in the “Snackateria.” The new Starlite Diner is now open for business and is located right by the entrance of the theatre.
I last went to Starlite on Easter week end for their dusk to dawn show of 4 movies. It was so great being at the drive-in until 4:30 in the morning! I wish i could do that again!
I believe when Starlite opened it had a different name. Drive-ins.com has the name “Scenic” but I am not sure. It is also not the original screen tower, the original was much smaller.
On another awesome note, Starlite is in a music video! The song is by a group called Shaye and is called “Happy Baby”. The entire video takes place at the beautiful Starlite and you see tons of shots of the screen, the really big snack bar inside and out and the box office. I completely freaked out when I saw this video for the first time and couldn’t believe it! When asking Steve (Guy leasing Starlite) why Shaye wanted to have their video there, he said because the producer wanted a nostalgic drive-in scene. I think it’s so amazing something I love more than anything got to be recognised by many! Way to go Starlite!

Gaelyn A.K.A “Drive-in GiRL”

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StarliteDriveInTheatre on March 8, 2008 at 4:43 pm

New 2006 Owner/Operator … Premiere Operating Corp of Don Mills, Ontario. Remodeled now with 3 screen and new playground and other new equipment everywhere.

Orginal name was SCENIC DRIVE IN THEATRE

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 16, 2010 at 12:36 am

Thanks Drive-in Girl and Starlite Drive-in.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 17, 2010 at 6:23 pm

51 years old and still going, great!

NeonMichael
NeonMichael on August 17, 2017 at 6:26 pm

Thanks for the Happy Baby note. The video’s available on YouTube.

The 1959 IMPA shows the Scenic in Hamilton, owned by A. Rosenberg (who also owned a few others), capacity 500.

The 1963 IMPA shows it owned by Joe Dydzak (his family appears to have owned a few others), capacity 400.

I find the 1969 IMPA very confusing. The Scenic (cap. 400) is still in Hamilton, but so is the Starlite (748). Meanwhile, Stoney Creek had added a Starlite (642) of its own.

In the 1972 IMPA, the Scenic is gone, but the Starlite (capacity 642) remains in Stoney Creek.

NeonMichael
NeonMichael on August 17, 2017 at 8:31 pm

A short article in The Hamilton Spectator adds just a little help. “Only one (Hamilton area drive-in) remains: the Starlite, on Green Mountain Road in Stoney Creek. It opened in 1955 and was originally named the Scenic Drive-In.”

NeonMichael
NeonMichael on August 17, 2017 at 8:41 pm

Box Office magazine from June 18, 1955 reported the Scenic was alive and in a five-theater dogfight for the Hamilton audience. “The Clappison, Hamilton, and Scenic” offered $1 carload pricing M-Th “while the two FPC units, the Skyway and Mohawk,” did it M-W.

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