Starlite Drive-In

2304 N. 7th Avenue,
Bozeman, MT 59715

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DavidZornig
DavidZornig on July 21, 2020 at 8:47 am

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

https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/coronavirus/bozemans-iconic-starlite-drive-in-theatre-makes-its-return/article_5250e390-243c-5a7a-bae0-2564b86cf345.html?fbclid=IwAR2ew5-IDoOmSS4SUGoJuLW69hBf2dm6m-zNo6q53blN13p91xZyS9PbFww

https://www.starlitedriveinmontana.com/

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on December 23, 2019 at 2:24 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.”

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on August 27, 2019 at 9:26 am

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
MichaelKilgore on June 21, 2019 at 7:54 am

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.”

Kenmore
Kenmore on April 24, 2018 at 10:02 am

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.

https://tinyurl.com/yaaa4roe

TomMc11
TomMc11 on April 24, 2018 at 9:25 am

https://www.flickr.com/photos/henk/37904523145/in/photostream/ 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.