6400 W. 95th Street,
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Located in the Oak Lawn district, the Starlite Drive-In had one screen and was opened September 3, 1948 with Cornel Wilde in “The Walls of Jericho”. The original screen was blown down by the tornado of April, 1967. It had a playground at the base of the screen. It also was open year round and had propane beehive type heaters, but you used your driver’s license as collateral. They also owned the giant fiberglass slide out by the marquee along with a go-kart track. For a couple of years they rented snowmobiles in the winter to run up and down the long driveway.
I worked at the Starlite Drive-In from 1967 to 1971 on the weekends. My uncle was the assistant manager for the Starlite Drive-In and the indoor Studio Theater next door. My pay was $1.25 per hour. I have a million memories and not enough space here to tell all.
It was closed at the end of the 1979 season and demolished in 1980. The Chicago Ridge Mall was built on the site, which also contained the Chicago Ridge 1-2-3 theatre (today the AMC Chicago Ridge 6)
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