Starlite Drive-In

1801 N. First Street,
Hamilton, MT 59840

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Located on Highway 93 to the north of town. The Starlite Drive-In was opened on June 20, 1950 with June Haver in “I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now”. The car capacity was 300 and it was operated by Jim Bailey. The drive-in was still listed as open in 1981. It was demolished in 1993.

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Kenmore
Kenmore on November 17, 2014 at 4:29 pm

According to the 1978 Topographical Map, the Drive-In was located on the north side of town at what is now 139 Bitteroot Plaza Drive (Google). The area has been completely redeveloped with no trace of the drive-in left. https://goo.gl/maps/KuSSo

jwmovies
jwmovies on December 15, 2016 at 12:59 am

The area is correct but the address is incorrect.

Now the office for Bitterroot Forestry Service.

The address for this Drive-in is 1801 N 1st St, Hamilton, MT 59840.

Please update.

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on October 20, 2018 at 3:58 am

The Starlite Drive-In grand opening ad from June 20, 1950 with, “I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now” is in photos.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on October 20, 2018 at 6:43 am

Demolished in 1993.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on June 9, 2019 at 8:06 am

More details from the July 22, 1950 issue of BoxOffice: “The new Starlite Drive-In, erected on an eight-acre tract one mile north of (Hamilton) on Route 93 recently was opened by Dave B. Simon. The open-air theatre was designed by Simon, and constructed under his supervision. It accommodates 300 cars, and its conveniences include a snack bar. Simon served in the U.S. air corps during World War II.”

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on November 25, 2019 at 3:42 pm

Billboard, December 1981: “Jim Bailey, who operated the Roxy Theatre and the Starlite Drive In Theatre in Hamilton, Montana has sold the properties and the new owner is Keith Kehmeier. Buying and booking will be handled by Warner Marketing of Bozeman, Montana.”

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on December 14, 2019 at 5:50 pm

Boxoffice, April 21, 1951: “Floyd Bailey recently purchased the Starlight Drive-In from Dave Simon and plans to open for the season on April 17. Bailey also owns the Roxy and Liberty theatres. Simon, originally from Missoula, built the theatre and opened it in 1950. He is employed by a construction company.”

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