Starlite Drive-In

1906 Jacksboro Pike,
La Follette, TN 37766

300 cars

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Before you hit the mountains heading into Kentucky, La Follette, Tennessee is your last town of any size. Summer vacationers would catch a movie at the Starlite Drive-In. It was one of two drive-in’s in that East Tennessee town and the first to close once Knoxville’s televsion signals hit that small town. It closed in the late-1950’s.

It seemed the late-1950’s and early-1960’s saw a lot of smaller drive-ins closed. The Starlite Drive-in parked 300 cars, 3 more than the other drive-in in town, the Skyway Drive-In. The Starlite Drive-In was owned by Tim Smith.

Contributed by Mike Rogers

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 27, 2010 at 4:44 pm

I know there are a lot of Tenn. folks on Ct maybe you can add to this Drive-in.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on May 28, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Was open from ABOUT 1955-1975?

THE FILM DAILY YEAR BOOK OF MOTION PICTURES, 1967

Drive-In, Tennessee, La Follette, lists the Starlite, so it must have been open around 1967. Does anyone have any better info on dates or it’s address?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 29, 2010 at 1:19 pm

I spent quite a bit of time in La Follette growing up.I sure thought it was gone way before 1975.It must have been located off the main drag,because,The SKYWAY Drive-in,in that city was clearly on the road leading to 1-75. I wish i had the time and money to just hit the road and clear up about these Drive-ins I submitted.

jwmovies
jwmovies on December 7, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 1906 Jacksboro Pike.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 12, 2013 at 6:26 am

Had the Cherokee Theatre on CT,but no longer see it here.

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