Starlight Drive-In

1985 N. Main Street Extension,
Butler, PA 16003

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Additional Info

Operated by: Epic Theatres

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: Pioneer Drive-In

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 724.284.5003

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Starlight Drive-In

The Pioneer Drive-In opened in August 1958 as a single screen drive-in. It had a capacity for 600-cars. It is now a five screen drive-in with a listed capacity for 500 cars. By 2017 it was renamed Starlight Drive-In.

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Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

TLSLOEWS on July 4, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Thanks for the photo.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 4, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Nice picture,Clint’s movie should be above Mel’s movie.

jwmovies on November 9, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Above address does not map properly. Use 2003 Pennsylvania 8.

Chris1982 on October 2, 2014 at 10:29 pm

Address from their website: Pioneer Drive-In, 1985 North Main Street Ext., Butler, PA 16003. All five screens are digital projection.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on November 7, 2014 at 6:11 am

Theatre is for sale on Loopnet. According to the ad digital projection has not been installed.

TomMc11 on June 2, 2017 at 8:48 pm

This is now called the Starlight Drive-In. They appear to be running only 3 screens but those screens are now digital.

MichaelKilgore on December 8, 2017 at 1:07 pm

Although it was mentioned in a February 1959 newspaper ad, The Pioneer wasn’t listed in the 1959 edition of the International Motion Picture Almanac. It was there in 1961, capacity 600, owner Chester Demarsh.

The Butler Eagle wrote in August 2014 that the estate of Chester Demarsh still owned the land, and it had quotes from Clint DeMarsh, vice president of Epic Theaters, the Florida-based company that owned the Pioneer. Chester’s obituary (he died Christmas 2012) said that Clint was one of his sons. It also said that “After the war in 1947, (Chester) helped his dad convert part of the (family) farm into a drive-in movie theater.” Don’t know how that fits into a circa-1958 opening timeline for the Pioneer.

MichaelKilgore on February 12, 2022 at 12:25 pm

Yes, the Pioneer opened in 1958.

Boxoffice, Sept. 15, 1958: “William and Chester Demarsh, who recently opened their new Pioneer Drive-In on Route 8 about five miles north of Butler, are moving their Grove City Firestone store the the concrete screen tower building at their Larkfield Drive-In near Grove City. The father-and-son team has operated a recapping plant near the Larkfield for some time … Their Pioneer screen building near Butler may be offered for rent”

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