TK-Starlite Drive-In

U.S. 275 and Starlite Drive,
Neligh, NE 68756

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TK-Starlite Drive-In (Official)

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Functions: Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: Starlite Auto Theatre, Starlite Drive-In

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Manager: 402.887.5021

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TK-Starlite Drive-In

The Starlite Auto Theatre opened on July 31, 1952 with George Montgomery in “Cripple Creek”. By 1953 it was operating as the Starlite Drive-In. This single screen drive-in was operated by J & J Theatres and has a capacity for 328 cars. In June 2022 it was announced that the TK-Starlet Drive-In was not open, but will reopen in 2023.

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jwmovies on December 6, 2012 at 10:37 pm

  2. THE LOCATION FOR THIS DRIVE-IN IS U.S. 275 & Starlite Dr.

Chris1982 on October 31, 2014 at 10:06 pm

Correct website for the TK Starlite Drive-In.

MichaelKilgore on June 24, 2022 at 1:01 pm

On its Facebook page, the TK/Starlite says it “will not be opening in 2022. We will reopen in 2023.”

Do we count that as open or closed?

50sSNIPES on June 24, 2022 at 4:49 pm

Walter Bradley, who has been operating the first Moon Theatre since 1925 and the second “New” Moon Theatre since 1944, was the one who did his work on the Starlite with an estimate $40,000.

The Starlite first opened as the Starlite Auto Theater on July 31, 1952 with “Cripple Creek” (unclear if any short subjects were added).

The 328-capacity Starlite contains an original screen of 52x48ft with a picture screen of 44x52ft. The original 52x48ft continued to operate a couple of years after the New Moon Theatre’s installation of CinemaScope (on Easter Sunday 1954 with “The Robe”), but however right when 1956 came along, the original 52x48ft screen was upgraded with CinemaScope. The sound system has required five miles of wiring and there were nine ramps being located. Mr. Bradley also hired Orville Worden, who also operated the second Moon Theatre, to do his work on projection. Elmer Graham was then the replacement for Worden at the Moon. The original ticket seller belongs to Lois Michaelson, and Robert Lewis being the gateman and caretaker.

Shortly after opening, the Starlite Auto Theater closed temporarily three days after its grand opening due to technical difficulties and wiring issues. It reopened on August 10, 1952. It was renamed the Starlite Drive-In later on during the year which became its primary name in 1953.

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