Drive-In to fun

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Christiansburg, Va., Oct. 9 – Starlite Drive-In:  The Starlite Drive-In theater is right down the road from Virginia Tech, off of 81 in Christiansburg.  The drive-in shows movies every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening.  Photo Credit: Maggie Gough

by Maggie Gough–

For most, drive-in movie theaters are something only known from movies. Drive-in theaters have been featured in many movies and TV shows set in the 1950s, like Danny and Sandy’s date  in “Grease.” For the most part, drive-ins are a thing of the past, you rarely see or visit a drive-in today.  In fact, only a few of these type of theaters still exist here in Virginia.  One of those rare drive-in’s is located right around the corner here in Christiansburg, Virginia.

Right down the street, the Starlite Drive-In is an original drive-in theater that has been up and running for about 65 years now.  The drive-in was built back in 1952 and started up by a couple, Mr. and Mrs. Beasley.  The Beasley family still owns and runs the place today.

Garnett Adkins, a good friend of the Beasley family, has been running the ticket booth at the Starlite for about six years now.  Adkins helps continue on the old traditions of the Starlite Drive-In, like handing out $1 off token coins and $2 bills for change.

“We get a lot of college students coming here,” Adkins says.  “We get them coming from both schools, Radford and Virginia Tech.”

Adkins says he hopes to increase their marketing skills for the next season to try and get more college students to come visit the Starlite. He hopes to maybe set up a booth on the college campuses and pass out their tokens and coupons.

The Starlite Drive-In’s season lasts mostly through the summer, from around May to October, closing down in the winter.  The drive-in shows a movie every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night with two showings back-to-back each night.  Every weekend is a new movie!

Not only is the experience of seeing a movie at a drive-in something completely different and unique to us, it is also a lot cheaper than going to an actual movie theater.  Tickets at the Starlite Drive-In are only $6 for adults and $4 for kids.

Everything about the Starlite Drive-In is retro and true to the classic way of drive-in theaters from the 1950s. To tune into the movie playing on the big screen, you have to turn your car radio on to the channel 90.3.  Then sit back, relax in the comfort of your own car, and enjoy the movie.

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