Starview Drive-In

18000 Big Basin Highway,
Boulder Creek, CA 95006

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Starview Drive-In

Starview Drive-In was located on Big Basin Highway midway between Big Basin State Park and Boulder Creek, CA. Opened in 1947, it was a single standard screen theatre with space for 375 cars.

In 1954, my parents managed the theatre and I was the projectionist. I was 14 years old at the time. The theatre was open during the summer tourist season as it relied upon the visitors to the State Park for customers. I believe the theatre closed in 1955 and was shortly thereafter demolished.

Contributed by Gordon Epperly

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TLSLOEWS on November 18, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Thanks for the photos Chuck.

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Drive-In 54 on August 2, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Address…Big Basin Hwy and Moon Dr Boulder Creek, CA 95006

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Drive-In 54 on August 2, 2013 at 4:15 pm

I think in closed in 1957.

terrywade on February 5, 2015 at 8:49 am

This was such a nice to visit when I was a kid. They closed in the mid 50’s and never put in a wide CinemaScope® screen. Same owners I think as the old Burl Theatre in Boulder Creek, that building is still around but no longer a movie theatre.

jwmovies on October 13, 2016 at 2:15 am

The address for this Drive-in was 18000 Big Basin Hwy, Boulder Creek, CA 95006.

Please update.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 26, 2019 at 9:17 pm

The Starview Drive-In was opened in 1947, and was the first drive-in theater in Santa Cruz County. The owners were Frank Paone and John Forde who, in 1949, would open the much larger Encina Drive-In in Santa Cruz. They operated the Encina in partnership with a regional chain called Trans-California Theaters, but I’ve been unable to discover if the same arrangement was in effect at the Starview.

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