Starlite Drive-In

3900 S. Hydraulic Street,
Wichita, KS 67216

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Starlite Drive-In

The Rainbow Drive-In opened on October 1, 1953 with Dane Clark in “Fort Defiance”. The single screen theatre had a capacity for 600 cars. It was operated by Mrs. T.H. Slothower. In 1974 it was renamed Landmark Drive-In. A second screen was added in 1979 and it became the Landmark Twin Drive-In.

In 1998 it was renamed Starlite Drive-In and has a capacity for 1,300 cars. It closed on October 13, 2018. It reopened for the 2019 season.

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kwilkin1962 on January 13, 2013 at 12:38 pm

If I’m not mistaken, this drive-in used to be known as the Rainbow and later the Landmark.

kwilkin1962 on September 11, 2013 at 8:45 pm

The Starlite opened on October 1, 1953 as the Rainbow Drive-In. It’s first movie was “Fort Defiance”. The Rainbow later became the Landmark Drive-In on June 21, 1974. “Mark 1” ’s first movies were “Walking Tall” and “Junior Bonner”. “Mark 2” was still being built at the time.

Chris1982 on September 23, 2014 at 10:34 pm

Wichita is among a dwindling number of cities which still offers its lucky families the casual, relaxing experience of sharing DOUBLE- and TRIPLE-FEATURE MOVIES under the stars. While economic factors steadily cause other cities' drive-ins to be replaced with new businesses, Wichita families strongly support their last remaining drive-in. Why do they? A one-of-a-kind facility, it is one of the NICEST ones ever built anywhere. (The original owners insisted that it be completely FIRST CLASS.) One parent who often brings her children called it “a nostalgic treasure”. Kids LOVE It! No babysitter needed… bring jammies for the tots.

Lyndon on June 30, 2015 at 4:13 am

Wichita’s Starlite Twin is 1 of 5 drive-ins left in Kansas. See Bob Curtwright’s story in the active age, July 2015.

MichaelKilgore on April 15, 2017 at 10:16 am

The 1976 IMPA still listed it as the single-screen Rainbow, capacity 500. By 1982, it was updated to the twin-screen Landmark, the name the IMPA kept through its final drive-in list in 1988.

MichaelKilgore on April 15, 2017 at 10:34 am has a great article with a lot of photos of the 1974 construction work. My favorite is a blurry photo of the old Rainbow marquee holding the message “watch for the happy event / we’re expecting twins”.

OKCdoorman on October 16, 2018 at 2:17 pm

Some of this info may have been bouncing around on somebody’s Facebook page the past few days but—Wichita Eagle (KC Star also mirroring on their website) reports today the Starlite is now closed for good. (Page creator can change status to ‘Closed’ perhaps?) Link here

DavidZornig on November 11, 2018 at 3:18 pm

Liquidation auction scheduled for November 13th.

davidcoppock on November 11, 2018 at 5:47 pm

Opened with “ Fort Defiance”. Renamed Landmark Drive-in in 1974. Second screen opened in 1979. Renamed Starlite Drive-in in 1998.

dansdriveintheater on January 25, 2019 at 4:29 pm

great news! it’s reopening for the 2019 season!

here is there website

more info about the reopening

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