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Starland Drive-In

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1950, Alex B. Mahood. Northwest side of U.S. 52, west of Kimball

Opened on July 6, 1950, this drive-in theater could accommodate 600 cars. The site has long been vacant, but the impressive entrance portal on the highway remains. Decorated with neon stars, it is a perfect fifties period piece. At last viewing, the marquee adjacent to the entrance advertised a main feature, but no coming attractions: “TONIGHT: Sixteen acres for sale. Cheap.”

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.


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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "Starland Drive-In", [Welch, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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