Starlite Drive-In auction postponed

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This weeks auction of property from Wichita's Starlite Drive-In has been postponed after the community and city officials voiced their disappointment over the theater's closure and the impending sale.

The action was set to happen Tuesday, but McCurdy Auction announced Monday morning that it was on hold.

“The McCurdy team shares the community sentiments that it is unfortunate to see another Wichita business close after being a longtime attraction for family entertainment in Wichita,” Megan McCurdy Niedens, COO and auctioneer of McCurdy Auction said. “At this time we have agreed with the owner to postpone the auction, allowing for time and consideration regarding the future of Starlite.”

Last week Mayor Jeff Longwell and City Council member James Clendenin released a statement pleading with the owner to postpone the auction. 

A new date has not been set. 

The Starlite Drive-In, located at MacArthur and Hydraulic, served the Wichita community for over 50 years. Items in the auction included Starlite memorabilia, movie screens, projectors, drive-in speakers, and commercial kitchen equipment.

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Wichita's mayor and a City Council member want to save the recently closed Starlite Drive-In.

The City of Wichita posted to Facebook a statement from council member James Clendenin and Mayor Jeff Longwell regarding the property's auction next Tuesday. 

“We are extremely disappointed in the potential loss of a longtime, iconic quality of life amenity for our community that means so much to so many," the statement says. "We plead with the seller to put a hold on the selling of any assets of the drive-in this coming Tuesday and invite the city, community, philanthropists and potential investors or developers to the table to formulate a solution that preserves a drive-in in our city.”

(More: Joyland property sold at auction)

The south Wichita drive-in closed permanently following the 2018 season that ended on October 13.

The Sedgwick County Appraiser's Office lists the the drive-in property to be worth more than $500,000. The public auction is November 13 at 10 a.m. 

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