Starlite Drive-In

4000 University Avenue,
Waterloo, IA 50701

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Previously operated by: Central States Theatres Corp

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Starlite Drive-In

The Starlite Drive-In was the first drive in the state of Iowa, opening on September 12th, 1947 with Edmund Lowe in “The Enchanted Forest”. The back of the screen tower had "Starlite Drive-In" spelled out in blue neon and a red & yellow blinking neon star in the upper right hand corner.

It closed in 1990 and was demolished and replaced by a Hy-Vee supermarket and a Walgreens drug store

Contributed by Rod Morrow

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 23, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Rod, it was owned by Starlite Drive-in Company and parked 700 CARS ! making it one of Iowa’s largest outdoor screen.

rivest266 on July 24, 2012 at 2:21 pm

September 10th, 1947 grand opening ad uploaded here.

MichaelKilgore on May 3, 2021 at 12:28 pm

Boxoffice, Nov. 19, 1955: “Stephen A. Oellerich has sold his interests in the Starlite and Skyvue drive-ins to the Central States Theatre Corp., effective December 1. The Starlite was built in the summer of 1947 by Oellerich and Philip E. Winslow - the first drive-in in Iowa. Two years later they built the 600-car Skyvue on the east side of Waterloo. Central States purchased Winslow’s interests in both theatres in June 1954.”

davidcoppock on May 4, 2021 at 11:19 pm

Opened on 12/9/1947 with latest news, comedy(not named), short subjects(not named), and “The Enchanted Forest”.

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