Starlite Drive-In

3900 S. Hydraulic Street,
Wichita, KS 67216

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NeonMichael
NeonMichael on April 15, 2017 at 10:34 am

360Wichita.com has a great article with a lot of photos of the 1974 construction work. My favorite is a blurry photo of the old Rainbow marquee holding the message “watch for the happy event / we’re expecting twins”.

NeonMichael
NeonMichael on April 15, 2017 at 10:16 am

The 1976 IMPA still listed it as the single-screen Rainbow, capacity 500. By 1982, it was updated to the twin-screen Landmark, the name the IMPA kept through its final drive-in list in 1988.

Lyndon
Lyndon on June 30, 2015 at 4:13 am

Wichita’s Starlite Twin is 1 of 5 drive-ins left in Kansas. See Bob Curtwright’s story in the active age, July 2015.

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.

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.

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.

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