Star-Lite Drive-In

2801 James L. Redman Parkway,
Plant City, FL 33566

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Previously operated by: Talgar Theatre Company

Previous Names: Plant City Drive-In

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The Plant City Drive-In was opened in November 1950. In October of 1952 it was renamed Star-Lite Drive-In. was in the south part of Plant City, on the west site of State Highway 39. It was closed on September 3, 1985 with Eddie Murphy in “Beverly Hills Cop” & Nick Nolte in “48 Hours”. It was reopened but finally closed in 1992. It was demolished in 2002. A Lowe’s Home Improvement is built on the site today.

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NYozoner on January 28, 2011 at 10:37 am

This drive-in is visible on Google Earth using historic aerial imagery.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 28, 2011 at 11:25 am

290 Parking and owned by Talgar theatres. CT member Nick Dimaggio took hundreds of pictures of Drive-ins in Flordia one Summer. I bet he has this one if he had the time to get them all on!

CSWalczak on January 28, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Handbills and photos of the remains of this drive-in on its gallery page at

FloridaDriveIns on October 27, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Video from 1996:

50sSNIPES on September 6, 2021 at 7:42 pm

Opened in October 1952, closed on September 3, 1985 with “Beverly Hills Cop” and “48 Hours” as its last films after it failed to draw an amount of people since 1981. Yes it may sound confusing because the last films they’ve shown were second-runs since both films released a year prior. It sat abandoned for many years, falling apart, until demolishing in 2002.

50sSNIPES on September 7, 2021 at 10:35 am

UPDATE: I just found this not too long ago that the Starlite actually first opened as the Plant City Drive-In in November 1950. It became the Starlite in October 1952.

50sSNIPES on August 28, 2022 at 12:09 pm

UPDATE: According To The Tampa Tribute, I just recently found that the Star-Lite closed in 1992 according to a March 30, 1999 evidence on the Star-Lite being auctioned off. Unfortunately, the theater did close on September 3, 1985 with those two films because it failed to draw an amount of people since 1981. I guess it did reopen either a couple or few years later. Not sure what happened afterward.

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