The drive-in was a popular spot for families to drive to from all over the area.

The Starlite Drive-In, in Wichita, is officially closed. Its final screenings of Oct. 13th were its final ones. The closure of the drive-in means there are only a few left in the entire state. The Starlite Drive-In was the last twin screen drive-in in Kansas. This drive-in opened on October 1, 1953 as the single screen Rainbow Drive-In which had a capacity for 600 cars. It was operated by Mrs. T.H. Slothower. By 1982 it had been renamed Landmark Twin Drive-In and retained this name until at least 1988.

In recent years it had been renamed Starlite Drive-In and has a capacity for 1,300 cars. (information from Cinema Treasures Website)


The last movies to play on its screens were “Searching” and “Crazy Rich Asians.”



Wellington, of course, once had its own drive-in for many years.  The Chisholm Trail Drive-In, which opened in 1950, was a single screen drive-in, with a capacity for 400 cars. The Chisholm Trail Drive-In closed in September of 2001.  The Wellington High School is located on the former drive-in site.