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Starlite Drive-in (Niagara Falls)
Status: Demolished
Location: 1550 Military Road, Town of Niagara, NY 14305
Screens: 1
Capacity: 730 cars
Original owner: Built by Country Theatres, Inc., Robert Hayman.
Opening date: June 24, 1948
Final season: 1981
What's there now: Wegmans Plaza.

This page was last updated on January 28, 2010.

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Topo map from 1980, courtesy of TerraServer USA. Image from early 1950s courtesy of the Niagara Falls Public Library. Aerial image from 1958, courtesy of HistoricAerials.com. Aerial image from 1978, courtesy of the Niagara County Soil and Water Conservation District.
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Aerial image from 2006, courtesy of Google Earth. Aerial close-up image from 2006, courtesy of Google Earth. Opening soon article from the Niagara Falls Gazette on May 3, 1948. Opening soon full page ad from the Niagara Falls Gazette on June 22, 1948.
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.Thank you ad to contractors from the Niagara Falls Gazette on June 22, 1948. Grand opening ad from the Niagara Falls Gazette on June 24, 1948. Grand opening article from the Niagara Falls Gazette on June 24, 1948. Robert Hayman sells the first ticket on opening night, image courtesy of the Niagara Gazaette on June 25, 1948.
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Article from the Niagara Falls Gazette in fall of 1981, announcing the Starlite Drive-in as For Sale. Starlite Drive-in Souvenir Program front cover, courtesy of Charles Bruss. Starlite Drive-in Souvenir Program inside folder, courtesy of Charles Bruss. Starlite Drive-in Souvenir Program back cover, courtesy of Charles Bruss.
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Wegmans Plaza sign image from 2007, courtesy of Rick Cohen. Wegmans Plaza image from 2007, courtesy of Rick Cohen.    

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I remember going to the Starlite and bringing our pillows. We would play on the swings under the big screen and run to the car when the movie started. the best was the animated dancing hotdogs, soda pop, popcorn and ice cream ad for the concession stand. I remember seeing Beach Blanket Bingo at the theatre. The colors were amazing too, teal and salmon pink with neon and running lights that spelled Starlite over and over. Metal speaker boxes that hung on the window. Fabulous memories! Thanks for putting this site up!
#1 - Eileen - 05/07/2010 - 18:04
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