Starlite Drive-In

2304 N. 7th Avenue,
Bozeman, MT 59715

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Previously operated by: Excellence Theatres, Theatre Operators, Inc,

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Starlite Drive-In

The Starlite-Drive-In was opened in 1950 with Jeanne Crain in “Apartment for Peggy”. It had a 300 car capacity. It was operated by Theatre Operators Inc. initially and followed by Excellence Theatres. The ozoner closed in the early-1990’s.

A ‘new’ Starlite Drive-In located on River Road opened on July 24, 2020 and has its own page on Cinema Treasures.

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Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

TomMc11 on April 24, 2018 at 5:25 pm has 3 photos of this DI, and it states that it was on Highway 191 but I have been up and down that road on Google Maps and Historic Aerials Topographical included and I cannot find it.

Kenmore on April 24, 2018 at 6:02 pm

Found It!

The drive-in was located on the north side of Bozeman, the address is 2304 N. 7th Ave, Bozeman, MT. This is confirmed by a 1988 topography map and the mountains in the background match the photos shown of the drive-in.

Today, Bridger Park Shopping Mall or Strip Mall sits on the property with no traces of the drive-in remaining.

MichaelKilgore on June 21, 2019 at 3:54 pm

It probably opened in 1950. The Nov. 12, 1949 issue of BoxOffice reported: “BOZEMAN, MONT. – Construction of the drive-in theatre being erected on Route 10 west of here has been stopped for the winter. A building to house the projection booth, the screen tower and a fence are finished.”

MichaelKilgore on August 27, 2019 at 5:26 pm

The top part of the old Starlite sign is “on display” in front of Media Station Design Works in Bozeman, according to a note posted by the local radio station. I put that in quotes because the photo with the story showed the sign fragments resting in the grass supported only by leaning against a building, which I would characterize as merely “visible” rather than on display. Anyway, some moron stole the “lite” part, but the cops later found it. A happy ending.

MichaelKilgore on December 23, 2019 at 10:24 pm

Boxoffice, Feb. 9, 1952: “Joe English sold his three theatres and a drive-in at Bozeman, Mont., to Ed Pegrum, veteran showman of the Intermountain area.”

DavidZornig on July 21, 2020 at 4:47 pm

Reopening with original signage Friday July 24, 2020 at 6465 River Rd. Article and new website below.

50sSNIPES on June 1, 2023 at 12:18 am

The original Starlite closed for the final time on September 4, 1988 with “Crocodile Dundee II” following concession concerns by the Bozeman Police Department on alcohol sales after four 17-to-19-year-old Bozeman teenagers were arrested and charged with single misdemeanor charges involving possessions of underage drinking that same day (either during intermission or during the movie).

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