Starlite Drive-In

647 Highway 70 W,
Alamogordo, NM 88310

300 cars

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Previously operated by: Commonwealth Theaters Corp., Frontier Theatres

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Starlite Drive-In

The Starlite Drive-In was opened December 9, 1949. By 1955 it was operated by R.I. Payne of Frontier Theatres Inc. From 1973 it was operated by Commonwealth Theatres. It was closed in 1977.

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dallasmovietheaters on December 24, 2016 at 10:24 am

Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Sanguinet launched Alamogordo’s first drive-in, the $50,000 Starlite Outdoor Theatre on December 9, 1949. The Starlite was located on Highway 70 two miles southwest of the city. In 1952, Sanguinet would begin building the Yucca Drive-In north of the city. Later that season in August, Sanguinet sold the Starlite.

Kenmore on July 5, 2018 at 10:28 pm

A closer address is 647 Hwy 70 W, Alamogordo, NM. The drive-in sat on the south side of the road.

Today, the property is empty, but you can easily see the ramps.

50sSNIPES on May 17, 2020 at 1:53 pm

As Of 1973, It Was Owned And Operated By Commonwealth Theatres, Who Also Operated The Sierra And Yucca (In Which Closed In 1974). It Is Still In Operation Since 1977.

davidcoppock on May 17, 2020 at 5:27 pm

Opened with “Gotta stay happy”.

driveinfan on May 18, 2020 at 2:06 pm

Looks like the old ticket booth is still standing on the property.

MichaelKilgore on February 2, 2021 at 6:37 pm

The Starlite’s last ad in the Alamogordo Daily News was on Sept. 23, 1983, noting that it would close for the season after the show Saturday, Sept. 24. The final “wing ding” program included “Overnight Models,” “Voluptuous Vixens,” “Forbidden Lessons,” and “Tempting Roommates.”

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