Starlight Drive-In

5801 SW 21st Street,
Topeka, KS 66604

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Kris4077 on November 5, 2019 at 8:15 pm

It’s Interesting that there was a cloverleaf Drive-In Theater in Topeka and the starlight became a cloverleaf for an interstate highway. Well at least it didn’t become a Walmart.

MichaelKilgore on November 5, 2019 at 8:04 pm

Outstanding catch, Kris4077! I just uploaded a 1950 USGS aerial for that spot which confirms it, south of 21st St about halfway between Fairlawn and Wanamaker.

Kris4077 on November 5, 2019 at 6:26 pm

I think I found this D-I on the 1948 Historic Aerial it looks as though it is still under construction. On Google maps the closest address is: 5801 SW 21st St, Topeka, KS 66604 which is Affordable Dentures, this is on the south side of SW 21st St. I-470 went right through the Middle of the D-I the field area covered most of the on and off ramps of I-470 in the area south of SW 21st St. If someone knows the years I-470 was built and opened maybe we could narrow down when this D-I Closed. Please change the address above to match the Affordable Dentures address this way the location will be easier to find.