600 E. Miami Road,
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Star Drive-In (Official)
Functions: Movies (First Run)
News About This Theater
The Star Drive-In opened on April 19, 1950 with Wayne Morris in “The Younger Brothers”. The single screen theatre has a capacity of 360 cars. It has been operated by the DeVries family since it opened. It is open seasonally from April through September. Open weekends until the summer months start and then nightly. It plays double bill features and caters mostly to families playing mainly PG movies. Audio is provided by FM stereo.
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Uploaded some pictures from there FB page.
Opening note from the May 20, 1950 issue of BoxOffice:
MONTROSE, COLO. – The new 360-car Star Drive-In near here recently was opened by Harry Barrett and George De Vries. Seats for walk-in patrons yet remain to be installed before the new open air theatre is completed.
Fun little note from the March 21, 1960 issue of BoxOffice: “George DeVries of Montrose has postponed the opening of his Star Drive-In — snow is so deep that four-wheel drive vehicles are unable to enter the airer.”
The 1950 Film Daily Year Book, published early in the year, listed the Skylite Drive-In under Montrose. It also listed a Skylite under Delta (~30 minutes away), so maybe someone there was confused.
The 1951 edition listed both the Star and the Skylite. Hmm.
On July 31, 2009, Grand Junction’s Daily Sentinel (probably quoting Star owner Pamela Friend) wrote that the Star opened on April 19, 1950, showing “The Younger Brothers”. After all this time, I forgot or didn’t notice that it also quoted me as saying, “Everyone needs to experience the drive-in at least once in their life.”