Starlite Drive-In

2523 E. Club Boulevard,
Durham, NC 27704

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The Starlite Drive-In was the last of the giant dinosaur of drive-in theatres in the greater Triangle area that showed a variety of films while holding area flea market sales every weekend. The drive-in theatre opened June 9, 1948 with Merle Oberon in “A Night in Paradise”. It operated until March 2007, when it closed after the death of the Starlite’s owner, Bob Groves.

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jrwoman10 on August 1, 2010 at 12:50 pm

I’m 48 yrs old now but I remember when I was a teenager around 16 or so, going to Drive in movies in Wilson, NC & there was also one on Capital Blvd in Raleigh, & of course the Starlight Drive in Durham. Now there aren’t any Drive In’s in the Triange area! What a shame! Everything has become so commercial & controlled. Maybe someone will become adventurous & an outward thinker & open a new drive in movie for the Durham/Raleigh area. That person would surely become rich because I for one, would go! Especially if there’s good hot food & reasonable prices like the Starlight use to have!

rdelius on September 20, 2011 at 2:10 pm

The Wall Mart is one block north.The Starlite’s screen is gone but the projection booth-concession stand is still there. A flea market opened 4-2011

raysson on February 27, 2012 at 10:33 am

SHOWGIRLS played here at this drive-in theatre in early 1996. It was the only theatre that show it due to its controversial and graphically sexual content due to its “NC-17” rating.

raysson on August 29, 2012 at 10:55 am

This drive-in theatre was a victim to WAL-MART.

NightHawk1 on October 17, 2012 at 8:30 am

In its last years the Starlite Drive-in also operated as a video-rental club and a gun shop; VHS videotapes and firearms were displayed in the concession building.

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Drive-In 54 on August 11, 2013 at 3:20 pm

It could be reopened again….You could show movies and still have the flea market.

Kris4077 on September 25, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Everything I have looked at shows this D-I still there minus its screen and ticket booth. Walmart is further north.

raysson on June 8, 2015 at 2:49 pm

Drive-In 54, Kris4077, and jrwoman 10: The ONLY outdoor drive-in still in operation in the Triangle is in Henderson at the Raleigh Road Drive-In. Sad but true if you want to drive that far to see a movie at bargain prices.

And the sadder part is that section of North Durham is a wasteland. Nothing.

rivest266 on October 6, 2018 at 12:49 pm

This opened on June 9th, 1948. Grand opening ad posted.

Kris4077 on October 23, 2019 at 1:14 pm

@ Raysson I attend the Raleigh Road Outdoor theater in Henderson from time to time. Of course I live over an hour away.

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