Starlite Drive-In

791 Chance Road,
Chipley, FL 32428

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Starlite Drive-In

Opened prior to 1953, the Starlite Drive-In was located west of town on a side street off of US 90. It appears that this one has been closed for a long time, as the site has been entirely reclaimed by woodland. One can still see the outline of the property, but it is unlikely that one could tell that this was a drive-in without having prior knowledge. There might be some remnants in the woods, but it is impossible to tell from aerial photographs.

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AndyCallahanMajorMajor on October 19, 2010 at 5:37 am

While the address listed is the one given by Google Maps, it won’t map when clicked. Here are the coordinates instead: 30.774326,-85.588903

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on October 19, 2010 at 4:04 pm

I found it listed as being on Gary Carter Road, but I can’t find that road in Chipley???

I know it was open in 1967.

The Drive-In held 150 cars.

Anyone have more info or photos?

rivest266 on November 8, 2011 at 3:04 pm

I uploaded the aerial photo from 1966 here.

KCB on February 20, 2014 at 10:13 pm

I live about eight miles from the property and used to go to that theater as a kid. The theater closed in the late ‘70s then became a junkyard. The property has NOT “been entirely reclaimed by woodland”; whoever stated that is looking at the wrong area on Google Earth.

It was not “on a side street off US 90,” it was about 1.5 miles west of town on US 90 just before Chance Road (which is a county dirt road). I suspect the Chance Road address might have been the mailing address, but the drive-in entrance was directly on US 90.

The photo above of the back of the bigscreen looks like it is from the early ‘80s at which time the property had become a junkyard. The junkyard has since been cleared out. The “STARLITE” sign faced US 90.

The correct coordinates are 30.777018,-85.588246.

You can see an open field and a sort of circular driveway…that driveway cuts through where the theater patron’s cars would park on the south side of the screen. You can see the area where the cars would park in the 1966 aerial photo that rivest266 posted.

Google maps:

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on February 21, 2014 at 4:54 am

I just uploaded a aerial from 1955.

MichaelKilgore on March 18, 2021 at 6:45 pm

Boxoffice, Oct. 10, 1953: “CHIPLEY, FLA. - Hurricane "Florence,” which hit the northwestern Florida section recently, destroyed the screen tower of the Starlight Drive-In here. I. Roche, owner of the drive-in, started building a new concrete block tower in the shape of a pyramid. Estimated damage to the tower was about $1,500. Another $250 damage was done to the blinds. This was the second time this year that the screen had been damaged by storms."

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