The Blue Starlite is Back Open for Business

Great news for outdoor movie lovers: The Blue Starlite is back open for business!

The Blue Starlite, Austin’s only drive-in movie theater, has now reopened in a brand new location and is gearing up for the spring and summer season. This self-described “mini-urban drive-in” features 50 car slots available per showing and is open two to four nights per week.

The new Blue Starlite is located at 12419 Lowden Lane in Manchaca, just south of Austin city limits, west of the southern end of Manchaca Road and east of the end of Brodie Lane. If that seems like a long way away, don’t be deterred from making the trip; it should only take you about 15-20 minutes from downtown Austin depending on traffic and the route you choose.

Blue Starlite will continue to feature an eclectic array of current and past films including recent first-run favorites, classics, indie films and cult favorites. The drive-in frequently presents double features in the grand old drive-in tradition. And unlike the Mueller location, the new location will screen 35-millimeter films, in addition to digital movies. Although it does not have its permit yet, the new location hopes to eventually offer alcoholic beverages along with its regular concessions. In addition, later in the summer, Blue Starlite plans to provide visitors the chance to camp overnight on its premises.

The original Blue Starlite opened seven years ago on East Cesar Chavez Street before moving to a location next to the Austin Film Society, at the old Mueller airport facility on East 51st Street. In December, owner Josh Frank announced that they had run out of room to expand due to the growing Mueller development. Hopefully, the drive-in has finally found a permanent home.

General admission tickets are $8 per person. A drive-in car slot is $15 and includes one general admission ticket. Several different ticket packages are available, including some that offer concessions along with admission. See the Blue Starlite website for ticket and schedule information.

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