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Starlite Drive-In’s contents will be auctioned off — even the cotton candy machine

A night at the Starlite Drive-In

Some of the sights and sounds associated with a night at Wichita's drive-in movie theater (April 2016).
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Some of the sights and sounds associated with a night at Wichita's drive-in movie theater (April 2016).

If you’re having trouble accepting the news that Wichita has lost its Starlite Drive-In, perhaps a memento from the 44-year-old business would help ease the pain.

Items from the business, whose owner told employees this week it was closed for good, will go up for auction at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the drive-in, 3900 S. Hydraulic, according to a website post by McCurdy Auction.

The “complete business liquidation” offers people “an opportunity to take home their own piece of Wichita history,” the post says, and it will include everything from the theater’s projector to its cotton candy machine.

Those who attend the auction will have a chance to bid on car speakers, metal film reels, marquee lettering and movie posters.

They can snag neon signs, employee T-shirts, magnets, signage and even the drive-in’s 42-by-98-foot full metal movie screen. The cotton candy machine, nacho carts, hot dog warmers, hot dog rollers and deep fryers also are up for grabs.

The auction will also include less sentimental items like ladders, hand tools, golf carts, file cabinets, tables, chairs and shop-vacs.

The Starlite’s owner alerted employees via e-mail on Monday that it would not reopen. On Tuesday, a post appeared on the theater’s Facebook page calling the closing “a difficult decision many years in the making with declining attendance and rapidly rising costs of maintenance and technology.”

For more information on the public auction, visit the McCurdy Auction website.

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