Nebraska’s longest-running drive-in theater opens for season

NELIGH, Neb. - It was opening night at Starlite Drive-In theater Friday.

Families are settled in at the longest-running drive-in theater in Nebraska Friday night. 

"It's almost like a really big family campout," said Lia Heckert, Starlite Drive-In Manager. 

Heckert said the pandemic caused her business some problems last summer.

"Hollywood didn't put out new movies last summer," said Heckert.

Thanks to her regulars, Heckert is hopeful.

"They're very loyal to the Starlite Drive-in because some of them have been coming here since the 60s, 70s, or earlier," Heckert said.

With only a handful of drive-ins in the state, TK-Starlite has become a tradition.

"We enjoyed coming to the drive-in in high school," said Jacie Palmer. "So it's fun now that we can come back as parents and bring our kiddos for a kick-off of summer." 

Even though movie theaters are opening back up across the country, some Nebraskans prefer drive-ins.

"You can go to a theater inside about anywhere but you can't always go to a drive-in," said Jessie Swick.

TK-Starlite will be showing new films all summer long. Gates open at 8 p.m. and movies start at dark.