Apr. 18: Starlite Drive-In Theatre, Wichita KS

It’s Day 108 of my virtual Drive-In-a-Day Odyssey. After leaving the Midway Drive-In Theatre near Osawatomie, I soon picked up the Kansas Turnpike and finished my two-hour drive to the Starlite Drive-In Theatre in Wichita. The Starlite began its life as the single-screen Rainbow in 1953. The drive-in underwent extensive renovation in 1974, including a large new projection and concession building and…

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Midway raises just enough to buy projector

As part of our Project Drive-In roundup series a few weeks ago, we mentioned the Midway Drive-In, which sits in the middle of farmland on a now-bypassed highway between Osawatomie and Paola KS. The Midway didn’t win one of the digital projectors that Honda gave away, but now comes news that it has raised enough…

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Grand opening photo takes us back to 1950

Over in The News-Herald of Southgate MI, guest writer Wallace Hayden starts with the 1950 grand opening photo of the Fort Drive-In in nearby Wyandotte. Then Hayden, the historical librarian at the Bacon Memorial District Library, weaves a thorough, interesting tale of the Fort in particular and drive-ins in general. (You’ll have to click the link…

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