Starlite Drive-In

15605 N. State Highway 21,
Cadet, MO 63630

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Starlite Drive-In

The Cadet Drive-In opened in 1952. Later renamed Starlite Drive-In, it was listed as closed in 2009. It re-opened in 2010.

Contributed by don mercille

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redprb on May 23, 2010 at 2:14 am

This drive-in will open on May 28th 2010.

bbrown1 on July 2, 2010 at 7:28 pm

The Starlite has indeed reopened, and website above now has current features showing along with some nice photos of the drive-in. It is a really nice rural drive in that was originally one screen, but later added a second. I saw THE NUTTY PROFESSOR and HAPPY MADISON here in 1996, and have driven by it often. It was only closed for about a year, I believe, and I’m glad it has reopened. Other than the Sky View Drive-In in Belleville IL, it is probably the next closest drive in to St Louis, and is well worth the drive.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 18, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Cadet, Mo had no Drive-ins there in the late 50’s this one must have opened in the 60’s. Motion Picture Almanac 1957.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 20, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Man, you would think these Almanacs would be right on,but i am finding more and more that are wrong.

SteveSwanson on September 23, 2013 at 8:02 am

Congrats to the Starlite for winning a digital projector from projectdrivein.

Chris1982 on August 5, 2014 at 11:29 pm

The Cadet Drive-In initially opened in 1952. It has a car capacity of 700 cars.

NeonMichael on April 4, 2017 at 5:25 pm

Mike Rogers, you need to check under Potosi. My 1959 IMPA (and the 1955 Theatre Catalog) lists the Starlite there.

OTOH, you are so right about the many errors in those IMPAs, and once made were infrequently corrected. From 1963 through 1976 (at least), the IMPAs list the Potosi drive-in as the Starlet. :)

The 1982 IMPA lists the Starlite with a single screen, but 1984 IMPA shows two screens. So that’s probably when that happened.

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