The Starlite Drive-In theater in Wichita is open again for spring!
This was a great big victory, because we thought it was closed for good last October. But Wichita’s beloved drive-in was saved, and opened up for the spring/summer/fall season on March 1, 2019.
During the spring, the drive-in will be open with double features on Friday and Saturday nights. And some time in the summer it will go back to its full daily schedule. Woot!
Head over to the Starlite Drive In website to see what’s playing.
Pricing will be per-person rather than per carload, but the great news is that ticket prices will be even lower than they were last year. (And drive-in manager Blake Smith told me they may do some special promotions occasionally, so stay tuned for that.) For ages 12+, tickets to the drive-in will be just $7; for ages 3-11, tickets are just $3. Children 2 years and younger get in free.
For a while as the drive-in gets back into the swing of things, they will be serving limited snack shop items like popcorn and soda until they get the grill up and running. So eat dinner first. 🙂
—The drama as it unfolded last year…
Woot! You guys! The Starlite Drive In in Wichita is back! It’s been saved!!
BACK IN OCTOBER 2018…
Ugh. Terrible news. The Starlite Drive In is
closed for good. They just sent out an email about it:
Thank You to the Community!
Saturday, October 13, concluded the last season for Starlite Drive-In.
It is now permanently closed.
This was a difficult decision many years in the making with declining attendance and rapidly rising costs of maintenance and technology.
We were honored to serve the community and we thank all of our patrons and staff.
We will have a public auction for concession equipment, screens and other items on
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 10 a.m.
For pictures and a detailed list of items available visit McCurdyAuction.com/Starlite
They also posted it on Facebook an hour ago:
Matt Reidl has a longer article about it on Kansas.com
***earlier this fall…***
Yahoo! Our favorite carload pricing is back at Starlite Drive-In for fall!
For many years, the drive-in movie theater had carload pricing in the off seasons – you pay per car rather than per person. That changed briefly last year when film studio restrictions forced the Starlite to switch to per-person pricing.
But now, at least for spring and fall of 2018, carload pricing is back and it’s still the best movie deal in town (not to mention a great family fun event). The experience of going to a drive-in movie is something that many cities don’t offer.
Movie goers can bring lawn chairs to sit outside in nice weather (as long as you aren’t taking up a second parking spot). And well-behaved pets on leashes are welcome.
Starlite Drive In Prices
The Starlite’s per-person pricing is still very affordable – especially considering that you get two or three movies. For adults (ages 12+), the per-person price is $9; kids ages 5-11 are just $3; kids under 5 years get in free.
But carload pricing at $13 per carload is even better! We love it.
And the snack shop offers very reasonably priced refreshments, or you can bring your own food (but no glass containers or barbecue grills).
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 box office and snack shop both accept credit and debit cards with ID, or you can pay with cash.
Starlite Drive In Wichita KS Showings
The Starlite shows first-run movies; in other words, the same movies that are playing at regular theaters.
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.
Each of the two screens at the Starlite will be showing double- or triple-features, depending on which night you go: triple features on Friday and Saturday nights; double features on Thursday and Sunday nights.
When Is Starlite Drive In Open?
The Starlite opens in the spring each year and runs through summer and fall. It is closed during the winter.
Starlite Drive In Hours
The box office opens around 7 p.m. in the spring, and closer to 8 p.m. during the summer and early fall.
The first movies on each screen generally start around dusk. The last movies end in the wee hours of the morning.
Because the Starlite Drive-In’s hours can change from week to week, it’s best to check the website for movie times and to find out when the box office will open.
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 fall 2018 season for $13 carload.
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).
Want more? See Movies on the Cheap in Wichita!