1. What’s your favorite part about running the theater?
“As a high school teacher, I work with young people. So, I work with them nine months and then I work with them all summer long. They get on my nerves now and then — some of them, anyway. But it’s nice to see them grow up.”
2. How has the Starlite been able to remain open?
“I think the original owner and (current owner) Jim Goble both acted as local owners and took a personal interest in keeping it maintained and modernized. They didn’t let it . . . go downhill.”
3. What kinds of silliness do you see?
“We still occasionally find people coming out of trunks. They hide to save money. And it’s not just kids, it’s adults, who should know better.
“And people bring furniture (to watch the movie) and they’ll leave it. It’s not unusual to find a couch they brought to the movie and just left there.”
4. You’ve been saving for years to buy digital projectors. Did you ever buy them?
“The technology of the longthrow, for the distance and the size of the screen, is just not perfected to the point of going digital, yet. If we were to go digital, we would have to build a booth closer to the screen.”
5. How much longer can the Starlite stay open?
“If we adapt to 3-D, and I don’t seen why we couldn’t with digital projectors, we would have a future of many more years. We still draw good crowds in the spring and summer.”