UA Starlite Drive-In

2659 E. Gerard Avenue,
Merced, CA 95341

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According to locals, the Starlite Drive-In opened in the early-1960’s. Located on the Southeast end of town, the Starlite Drive-In was built and operated by United Artists.

Unlike many of UA’s drive-ins, which closed in the mid to late-1970’s, the Starlite Drive-In hung in there until 1987.

While the theater is long gone, the faded and rusted marquee remained, just east of Highway 99, until 2005.

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GaryParks
GaryParks on October 28, 2003 at 4:00 pm

The sign mentioned above is exactly identical to that of the Starlite Drive-In in Watsonville, demolished in the 1980s.

JasonBalch
JasonBalch on March 30, 2006 at 3:49 pm

The aforementioned marquee was removed during the 2005 winter. No trace of this drive-in remains.

jwmovies
jwmovies on December 26, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 2659 East Gerard Avenue.

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