Starlite Drive-In

2925 S. Pacific Highway,
Medford, OR 97501

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Previously operated by: Robert L. Lippert Theatres Inc.

Architects: Bernard G. Nobler

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Starlite Drive-In

The Starlite Drive-In was opened on June 9, 1949 with Jeanne Creain in “Letter to Three Wives”. It was operated by Robert L. Lippert Theatres Inc. and had a capacity for 643 cars. The reinforced concrete screen tower was in a modern design, and there was a childrens play area and bench seating for walk-in patrons beneath it. The Starlite Drive-In was closed in 1987.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 3, 2010 at 3:09 am

Medford,Or. Mention in the movie “DOUBLE INDEMNITY” so they had a Drive-in.Robert Lippert and Affiliated Theatres ran this Drive-in in Oregon.{in 1956}.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on February 18, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Added Goggle Earth from 2000, still shows field layout but no screen tower.

When did it close???

ChrisAckerman on June 12, 2012 at 6:52 am

It looks like it closed in 1987.

goofyfoot on June 25, 2012 at 1:07 am

My first visit to the Starlite was in ‘65 on a double-date……..can’t remember the movie, but a lot of action in the vehicle…….my date tipped an entire pizza upside down, followed by spilling a large coke in my lap. My last visit was in the late 70’s/early 80’s, when they had modified it to a dual-screen theater.

jwmovies on December 9, 2012 at 4:24 am

Above address doe not properly. Use 2925 South Pacific Highway. Matt Loop is just north of this location.

davidcoppock on November 3, 2018 at 6:08 pm

Closed in 1987. D3molished(date unknown?). Remaining structures destroyed by a fire in 2002. One corner of the site is now Les Schwab Tire Center.

MichaelKilgore on July 18, 2019 at 4:41 pm

Same drive-in? From the Feb. 1, 1947 issue of BoxOffice:

LOS ANGELES – Robert L. Lippert, vice-president of Screen Guild Productions, is building a new drive-in theatre on the outskirts of Medford, Ore. This will increase the number of his theatre holdings to 35.

The Medford property was one of several theatre sites acquired by Lippert when he purchased the nine-theatre circuit of Leverette Interstate Theatres situated in Oregon and northern California.

The new theatre will have a capacity of 400 automobiles with individual speakers for each year. (sic) It is expected to be completed by early summer.

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