Rustic Starlite Drive-In

Route 40 East,
Effingham, IL 62401

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Rustic Starlite Drive-In

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The Rustic Starlite, also known as just the Starlite Drive-In, opened around 1950, and was located along Route 40 East in Effingham. The drive-in could accomodate 400 cars, and was part of the Frisina Amusements chain. It closed in the early-1980’s, and has since been demolished to make way for a construction company.

Its classic lightbulb-studded marquee was saved, however, and moved to an auto dealership in Effingham, which it still stands in front of today, used for advertising.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 13, 2008 at 1:00 pm

From Boxoffice magazine, May 1950:

EFFINGHAM, ILL.-The 750-car drive-in being constructed for Frisina Amusement Co. of Springfield, Ill. on Highway 40 about one mile east of the city limits will be opened early in June.

EdBaumgarten
EdBaumgarten on March 4, 2012 at 9:06 pm

The drive in sign seen above is on our corporate campus, 2 miles north of Effingham on N Rt 45 at Mid America Motorworks. Web addy is www.mamotorworks.com for directions.

jwmovies
jwmovies on November 19, 2012 at 12:47 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 1416 East Fayette Avenue.

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