Star Drive-In

2830 Highway 160 West,
Monte Vista, CO 81144

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The Star Drive-In opened in 1955 with a 300 car capacity. In 1964, it was unique in that there was a 14 room motel added in the backfield of the drive-in, and was called the Best Western Movie Manor. You can get a room at the motel and open the curtains over the picture window and view the movies. It has since added another 200 car screen in 2003. Sound is provided over FM radio. The drive-in is open seasonally from May through September.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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Roloff
Roloff on May 25, 2009 at 3:22 am

Here’s a recent postcard from my collection:
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 7, 2009 at 11:50 pm

The Star Drive-In actually opened in 1955, and was operated by George and Edna Kelloff, who later reopened the old Granada Theatre in Monte Vista as the Vali Theatre. The opening was announced in the July 9, 1955, issue of Boxoffice Magazine. It was a single-screen operation accommodating 300 cars.

According to this web page, George Kelloff is still the operator of the Best Western Movie Manor Motel.

The 2005 book “The Big Book of Car Culture: The Armchair Guide to Automotive Americana” by Jim Hinckley and Jon G. Robinson limited preview available at Google Books has a section about Kelloff, and says that he started the Movie Manor Motor Inn project in 1964. There’s an aerial photo of the drive-in, but it shows only one screen, not two, so it must date from before 2003.

jwmovies
jwmovies on December 5, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Above address does not map properly. Use 2830 U.S. 160.

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