Starlite Drive-In

1124 Edgewater Drive,
Pekin, IL 61554

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Previously operated by: Kerasotes Theatres

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Starlite Drive-In

The Starlite Drive-in was operated by Kerasotes Theatres in 1953. This was a drive-in with a single screen that showed double feature movies. The main movie was always shown first at dusk, a B-movie would be shown as the late movie and would start around 11:15pm. They had one building that was the concession stand. They served great BBQ, hot dogs, burgers and pizza.

The drive-in was destroyed in a fire in 1990. The Showplace 12 multi-screen theatre now resides where the Starlite Drive-In used to be. This new theatre opened up around 2000 or 2001.

Contributed by Jim Gentry

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

JeffCarlson on January 7, 2007 at 6:37 pm

I believe this venue opened around 1950. Around 1990, a fire destroyed most of the concession building. The rest of the property bulldozed a few years later.

nrabus on January 4, 2008 at 12:33 pm

This burned down around 1990 during winter. A man broke into the concession stand and started a fire to keep warm.

illinistlr65 on April 13, 2010 at 10:51 am

My wife and I would go to the Starlite when our son was just a baby. The Starlite was the last drive-in in the Peoria area and if we couldn’t get a babysitter we could take our son and he would fall asleep by the time the movie would start.

rivest266 on May 27, 2012 at 8:02 pm

1999 and 2010 aerial pictures added

KelliL on September 20, 2014 at 8:30 pm

A young kid around twenty years old was running from the cops and started the fire while hiding out from them. It was a suicide. His mother used to be our landlady.

DavidZornig on April 5, 2020 at 9:26 am

Vintage Aerial link with additional history by J Wald, whose father was the projectionist.

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