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Drive-in Theatres Pacific Northwest

 

Starlite Drive-in Theatre marquee (Closed)
Tacoma, WA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The Starlite Drive-in Theatre in Tacoma is now a swap meet only place. The theatre was opened in the late 1940's and operated for almost 50 years before closing in 1996. The screen tower is still erect, though.

(Below are more photos of the Starlite Drive-in.

 

Ticket Booth
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Screen tower and lot inside
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Screen tower, front view
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

 

UPDATE 11/07 : Here's a close-up of the Starlite marquee. Many thanks to Jeffrey Cook for update. 11-07

Starlite Drive-in marquee close-up
Tacoma, WA
Photo courtesy Jeffrey Cook

 

The Starlite appears to still be operating as a swap meet.

 

 

Midway Drive-in Theatre (Demolished)
Kent, WA
Photo courtesy Mike

Check out the Midway Drive-in Theatre of Kent, WA which opened in 1940. Though this ozoner is now defunct, the Midway was once a fun place for a family, dates, or even passing by travelers to grab a flick under the stars.

The screen tower and the marquee were once sights to see for the roadside traveler. The Midway was located along Route 99.

 

UPDATE 10/05 : My Dad, Frank Wilson, just retired from 30 years of managing the Midway Drive In and Swap Meet in Kent Washington. On the 25th of September 2005 the Midway closed its doors for the last time. I worked for my Dad for over 20 year at the Midway, it's sad to see it go. More photos of the Midway are below. Many thanks to Troy Wilson for update. 10-05

Midway Drive-in Theatre
Kent, WA
Photos courtesy Troy Wilson

See more photos of the Midway Drive-in Theatre at Roadside Peek's Lost Treasures Feature on the Midway.

 

 

Starlite Drive-in Theatre (Demolished)
Roseburg, OR
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The Starlite Drive-in in Roseburg, OR closed down in September, 1997 after being purchased by the Umpqua Tribe of Indians. Supposedly, plans are to develop the land. 04-06

 

UPDATE 07/08 : The Starlite Drive-in showed its last show on September 28, 2007. The drive-in had originally opened on July 23, 1954. According to the News Review article, the last showing was the first in the 10 years since the drive-ins closure. The 60 by 100 foot screen was deemed structurally unsafe and was unceremoniously taken down on October 19, 2007. 07-08

 

Starlite Drive-in Theatre Screen Tower
Roseburg, OR
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Starlite Drive-in Theatre Projection Booth
Roseburg, OR
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Starlite Drive-in Speaker Posts
Roseburg, OR
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

 

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