Starlite Drive-In

97 Main Street,
North Reading, MA 01864

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This was a charming drive-in. Though I never saw a movie there my wife saw many there growing up. It was located on Route 28. It was torn down in the mid-1990’s and a Stop & Shop Supermarket is on the site now.

Not sure if they are related, but the Starlite Car Wash is still there just a bit down 28.

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chitchatjf
chitchatjf on June 17, 2009 at 4:57 am

I remember it had a top notch playground.

jimroy
jimroy on February 16, 2010 at 8:19 am

I worked there as a projectionist in the early 1980s (82/83?) while also working as a projectionist at the Showcase Cinemas in Lawrence. It was owned at the time by Sumner Redstone (National Amusements). At that time we were still usig old simplex projectors with Carbon Arc lamphouses, 20 minute reels with manual changeovers. I replaced Nick Boscetti who was the projectionist there for years and who formerly owned and operated the Star Theater in Lawrence. They used to charge $2 per person or $5 per carload to get in. I believe the car wash just capitalised on the name since there was no connection between the businesses. As mentioned, it was located on Rt 28 on the left heading south just after the intersection of Rt 62. In fact the rear exit to the drive in was on Rt. 62 (Winter St.).

jimroy
jimroy on February 19, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Here is a very short clip I posted on youtube that I shot in 1983 of a manual changeover in the booth at the Starlite.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQ7VYU5h4w4

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 19, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Cool Youtube video most people do not even know what a changeover is or was.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 19, 2010 at 5:45 pm

J.V. enjoyed the change over! I wrote about my first changeover on CT under TRI-City Drive-in,in Forest City,N.C. and i wasn’t a trained projectionist by any means. It is a cute story you can relate to being in the booth.
I was in management when we had real projectionists in the booth. I can’t think of the headaches they have now with kids in the booth.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 19, 2010 at 7:08 pm

Glad you saw it Finally!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 20, 2010 at 3:16 pm

You got tell me where these stories are so i can go there.I hope he reads about my change over at the TRI-City Drive-in.

NYozoner
NYozoner on February 14, 2011 at 10:08 pm

97 Main St, North Reading, MA 01864

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which is currently occupied by Super Stop & Shop Groceries.

Here is a 1955 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of HistoricAerials.com.

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