It’s still the best movie deal in town.
Starlite Drive-In has updated its pricing for spring and fall. For many years, the drive-in movie theater had carload pricing in the off seasons – you pay per car rather than per person.
The theater announced the new pricing on its Facebook page last week. They said that they were forced to make the change because when they offered carload pricing, some film studios would restrict what they could show. In order to keep showing first-run movies, the theater had to make the change.
The Starlite’s new spring and fall pricing is still affordable: $6 for ages 12+, $3 for kids ages 5-11, and free for kids under $5. And the Starlite was able to add a punch card that makes the eighth visit free for a carload of people.
Most of the response from the community has been supportive and understanding. The experience of going to a drive-in movie is something that many cities don’t offer, and that experience isn’t changing.
Each of the two screens at the Starlite will still be showing double- or triple-features. Movie goers can still bring lawn chairs to sit outside in nice weather (as long as you aren’t taking up a second parking spot). The snack shop still offers very reasonably priced refreshments, or you can bring your own food (but no glass containers or barbecue grills).
Summer pricing will also stay the same as it was last year.
The box office and snack shop both accept credit and debit cards with ID, or you can pay with cash.
Do consider purchasing food from the snack shop during your visit. The Starlite’s owner told me that film studios can take up to 80% of box office proceeds, so strong support of the snack bar is how they stay open.
The spring season opens March 3, 2017, and will show triple-features on Friday and Saturday nights. The first movies on each screen generally start around dusk. The last movies end in the wee hours of the morning.
The box office opens at 7 p.m. and the first movies on both screens begin around dusk.
To see what’s playing every weekend, visit the Starlite Drive In website, or call. You know the number to call for more information, right? Sing it with me! 🙂 The Starlite drive-in gives you more, call 524-2424.
So to recap, the Starlite Drive-In movie theater in Wichita will be showing first-run movies (same movies that you can see at the regular theaters) in the spring and fall for $6 per person (ages 12+), $3 kids (ages 5-11), and free for children under 5 years old.
The Starlite shows first-run movies, has two screens to choose from, and each screen features either double or triple features. Even at regular prices, that’s a whole lot of movies for a little bit of money!
Starlite Drive-In is at 3900 S. Hydraulic in Wichita, KS (near Hydraulic and MacArthur).
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