Starlite Drive-In

3900 S. Hydraulic Street,
Wichita, KS 67216

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Starlite Drive-In

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The Starlite Drive-In is the last twin screen drive-in in Kansas. This drive-in opened on October 1, 1953 as the single screen Rainbow Drive-In. It has a capacity for 1,300 cars.

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Driveintheatre2001
Driveintheatre2001 on January 17, 2012 at 7:06 am

Here’s a few more RAC Photography that I took back in 2007.. This is a real nice Drive In Theatre!

RAC Photography

kwilkin1962
kwilkin1962 on January 13, 2013 at 12:38 pm

If I’m not mistaken, this drive-in used to be known as the Rainbow and later the Landmark.

kwilkin1962
kwilkin1962 on September 11, 2013 at 8:45 pm

The Starlite opened on October 1, 1953 as the Rainbow Drive-In. It’s first movie was “Fort Defiance”. The Rainbow later became the Landmark Drive-In on June 21, 1974. “Mark 1” ’s first movies were “Walking Tall” and “Junior Bonner”. “Mark 2” was still being built at the time.

Chris1982
Chris1982 on September 23, 2014 at 10:34 pm

Wichita is among a dwindling number of cities which still offers its lucky families the casual, relaxing experience of sharing DOUBLE- and TRIPLE-FEATURE MOVIES under the stars. While economic factors steadily cause other cities' drive-ins to be replaced with new businesses, Wichita families strongly support their last remaining drive-in. Why do they? A one-of-a-kind facility, it is one of the NICEST ones ever built anywhere. (The original owners insisted that it be completely FIRST CLASS.) One parent who often brings her children called it “a nostalgic treasure”. Kids LOVE It! No babysitter needed… bring jammies for the tots.

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