Starlite Drive-In

1690 Wilmington Highway,
Jacksonville, NC 28540

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The Starlite Drive-In was open in 1955 with a capacity listed at 240 cars. The Starlite Drive-In closed in the mid-1970’s.

Any additional information on the Starlite Drive-In would be appreciated.

Contributed by Chuck

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t_law56 on February 3, 2014 at 1:23 pm

When I was a kid, this place was billed as “the only adult drive-in in the country” (X-rated)! There was a restaurant next to the Starlite. My graphics teacher hosted a class dinner there in ‘75 and afterward – as we were leaving – we got the entertainment experience of our young lives! Good times …

NightHawk1 on February 3, 2014 at 10:37 pm

t_law56: Was this drive in on the Wilmington Highway south of the old Red Carpet Inn (now Triangle Motor Inn)? I remember going through Jacksonville back in the 1970s and passing the Red Carpet Inn, an X-rated drive-in with a restaurant next to it, and further south was another drive-in (South 17 Twin Drive-In). The Starlite may be the drive-in I keep remembering as the Moonlite for some reason. As for the Starlite being “the only adult drive-in in the country”, they were not. There were many other X-rated drive-ins in the United States, including the North 11 Drive-In over in Kinston.

NightHawk1 on September 11, 2014 at 2:49 pm

The Starlite Drive-In Theatre was most likely located on Wilmington Highway between Canady Road and Blue Creek School Road. Due to the realignment of Wilmington Highway in recent years (part of the new US 17/NC 24 bypass project), the modern location would be the corner of Canady Road and Blue Creek School Road. Canady Road was extended to incorporate the former southbound lanes of Wilmington Highway up to the Beacham Apartments and functions as a service road.

NightHawk1 on September 29, 2014 at 1:26 am

Approximate address of the Starlite Drive-In was 1690 Wilmington Highway. After demolition the property was used as a mobile home sales lot and is currently a sales lot for tool sheds.

NightHawk1 on October 8, 2014 at 12:39 am

The Starlite Drive-In operated until either 1979 or 1980; it closed about the same time as the South 17 Twin Drive-In but was demolished a few years after the South 17 became a mobile home park.

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