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Starlite Drive-In Theater

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1953. 275 Starlight Dr.

Tucked down a side street off a long commercial strip on the eastern side of Christiansburg is this drive-in theater, a rare survivor of a once-common type. A bright-red neon star on the back of the tall movie screen structure summons movie patrons. The drive-in's speakers, ready to hang on car windows, are set in curved rows on terraced grassy slopes that step down to face the big screen. Nearby is another mid-twentieth-century survivor, Dude's Curbside Drive-In (1505 Roanoke Street), where carhops serve patrons who make their selections, including a Dudeburger, from a big menu posted on the gabled front of Dude's small building.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


What's Nearby


Anne Carter Lee, "Starlite Drive-In Theater", [Christiansburg, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Virginia vol 2

Buildings of Virginia: Valley, Piedmont, Southside, and Southwest, Anne Carter Lee and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 431-431.

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