S. Canal Street and S. Linden Avenue,
South San Francisco,
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The Starlite Drive-In of South San Francisco opened on August 19, 1948 with Bud Abbott & Lou Costello in “The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap”. It first appeared in the Film Daily Year Book’s lists in the 1949 edition.
On February 2, 1952, Boxoffice wrote, “John Van Arkel, manager of the Starlite Drive-In at South San Francisco, woke one morning last week to the sound of his dog scratching on the bedroom door. Arkel noticed a foot of water in his room. The runoff from a heavy downpour had flooded the Starlite Drive-In with five feet of water. His home, also on theatre property, was flooded. The drive-in was closed indefinitely”.
The 1952 Theatre Catalog listed the Starlite Drive-In at 32 S. Linden, which places it next to Colma Creek. The entry had the Starlite’s owner as David Bolton and its capacity as “800 - closed”. It was gone in the next edition of the Catalog, and a 1956 aerial photo of the site showed no trace of the drive-in.
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