Stardust Drive-In

1300 W. Genting Boulevard,
Las Vegas, NV 89109

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Previous Names: Motor Vu Drive-In

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Stardust Drive-In

The Motor Vu Drive-In was the first drive-in erected in Las Vegas and had a 525 car capacity. Built by the De Anza Co. of Los Angeles, it was situated behind the Stardust Hotel on Industrial Road. It opened on March 25, 1949 with Jon Hall in “Kit Carson” & Penny Singleton in “Blondie’s Reward” It was closed in 1956.

It reopened on March 20, 1959 with the world premiere of Walt Disney’s “The Shaggy Dog” starring Fred MacMurray & Bill Williams in “Alaska Passage”. It had been renamed the Stardust Drive-In and was listed with a capacity for 566 cars. It was operated by Howard Cahoon and E.J. Johnson. It was closed in 1968.

A Budget Suites is now located on the former site of the Stardust.

Contributed by Scott Zimmerman

Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

kencmcintyre on April 7, 2006 at 11:49 pm

This was also known as the Motor-Vu. Here is a photo:

kencmcintyre on April 25, 2010 at 1:17 am

This whole area is being redeveloped.

DavidZornig on January 2, 2016 at 3:07 pm

1953 marquee photo added courtesy of the AmeriCar The Beautiful Facebook page.

rivest266 on September 13, 2019 at 10:45 pm

This opened on March 26th, 1949. Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on September 13, 2019 at 11:53 pm

Closed as Motor-Vu in 1956 and reopened as the Stardust Drive-In with the world premiere of Walt Disney’s The Shaggy Dog on March 20th, 1959. Grand opening ad posted.

MichaelKilgore on July 6, 2021 at 5:15 am

Google Maps no longer likes the Stardust Road address for the old drive-in site, now occupied by a multi-level parking lot at the southwest corner of the Resorts World campus. The best permanent address might be for the fire station adjacent to it at 3050 S Sammy Davis Jr Dr. Google Maps thinks the address of the parking lot is 1300 Genting Blvd., the outer road for Desert Inn Road.

DavidZornig on July 6, 2021 at 5:24 am

Is the Budget Suites no longer on that site? Everything comes up as that being it’s address.

MichaelKilgore on September 2, 2021 at 9:18 pm

Don’t take my word for it. Go to and view the many photos they have at 1300 Genting Blvd., Las Vegas NV. You’ll see the drive-in there in 1950. You’ll see it unchanged, except for the shape of the screen, through 1972. The screen vanishes in 1973, and the lot stays dormant through 1989. An 11-building motel (Budget Suites?) is there in 1990, and it stays there through at least 2006. The parking garage is there by 2010, looking the same is it does on Google Maps today.

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