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Austin's only drive-in movie theater sets opening date for new location

Austin's drive-in movie theater sets opening date for new location

Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-in theater Austin
Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-in has a new location in South Austin. Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-in/Facebook

Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-in is back. After closing its popular east side location in February, Austin's only drive-in theater has set an opening date for the bigger, better South Austin space: March 10.

The original plan was to move to Buda, but Blue Starlite has changed destinations. The new theater can be found at 12419 Lowden Ln., where Manchaca Road ends.

Blue Starlite started as a small, dozen-car experiment in East Austin and evolved into a 75-car lot on 51st Street. Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, the South Austin space is equipped with more concession offerings, nicer bathrooms, and picnic seating. Blue Starlite has also upgraded the set-up, with a larger screen and more speakers. The capability to show 35 mm films will roll out May 5.

Perhaps the coolest new facet is overnight accommodations. There is rentable RV, as well as an outdoor patio for private parties. A food truck park and beer and wine are coming soon too.

Blue Starlite is christening the new location with Harry Potter Fest March 12-17. A grand opening celebration is slated for April 7.