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Wichita, KS: Starlite Drive-In Closed

Posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2018 8:38 PM

The Starlite Drive-In in Wichita, Kansas closed October 13, 2018, according to an article published recently in the Wichita Eagle:

The Starlite Drive-In has officially closed its gates for the final time.

Employees were notified via email Monday evening that Oct. 13 “concluded the last season for the drive in” at 3900 S. Hydraulic.

In the email, which was forwarded to The Eagle by a Starlite employee, owner Chuck Bucinski wrote that “the theater has been in financial trouble since the digital projectors were installed.”

“With declining attendance, increased film rentals, and higher maintenance costs, and after getting advice from my accountant and my attorney, I had to make this difficult decision,” he wrote.

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Moviegoers in the area will need to visit one of the other nearby theaters, including the Warren Old Town 7 and the Derby Plaza Theatres. Unfortunately, we could not find another drive-in within 50 miles. The closest one is the Kanopolis Drive-In Theatre in Kanopolis, Kansas, which is almost 90 miles away.

According to the article, the theater originally opened in 1953 as the single-screen Rainbow Drive-In and then became the Landmark Twin Drive-in in 1974. We're not sure when it became the Starlite Drive-In.

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