Starlight Drive-In

4695 BC-3A,
Nelson, BC V1L 6N4

288 cars

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Starlight Drive-In

An undated postcard from the “Starlight Gardens and Drive-In” indicated that it was 10 miles east of Nelson BC, operated seven nights a week, and was managed by T. Hetherington. It showed a road sign with “Starlight” in script, advertising the 1963 film “4 for Texas” starring Frank Sinatra.

The Motion Picture Almanac first included Nelson’s “Starlite” in 1955, with capacity 288 cars, owner Starlite Drive-In Ltd. In 1956, the owner changed to J. Hetherington, and that listing continued through 1976, when the MPA dropped its Canadian drive-in lists.

The 1956-57 Year Book Canadian Motion Picture Industry drive-in list included the “Starlight” in Nelson, capacity 288, owners T. Hetherington, I. Toffee, O. Bird.

The only highway leading east from Nelson is today’s 3A, and there’s a Starlight Road in Crescent Bay about 12 miles from Nelson.

Contributed by Michael Kilgore

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Kenmore on October 31, 2021 at 9:14 pm

I have a closer address to what was the old entrance road, 4695 BC-3A, Nelson, BC.

The marquee is still standing. It is located just east of the entrance to the Mini-Mall Storage. From the photo, the entrance road to the drive-in is now a private entrance.

I suspect given the location of the marquee and the photo of when the drive-in was still in operation, that the road now called Starlight Drive was probably the exit road from the drive-in.

MichaelKilgore on November 1, 2021 at 6:44 am

Neat! Here’s a link to the Google Street View of the Starlight sign, still intact in 2018:

DavidZornig on May 25, 2022 at 4:26 pm

It was owned and operated by the Noble family who still lives there.

kennerado on August 18, 2022 at 12:41 am

Opened in August 1952.

kennerado on July 8, 2023 at 6:19 am

I suspect “T Hetherington” was Tom Hetherington, who also ran a drive-in at nearby Balfour in the late 1940s.

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