In the course of his travels, Terry stumbled upon the Stardust 17 Drive-In on the west side of Grafton. The Stardust held 300 cars and hosted movie showings for decades. According to one online account, the Stardust 17’s screen blew down in a windstorm in October of 1991. There were some initial discussions about getting the drive-in going again, but cost put the brakes on a recovery. The theater has been empty for years.
We found the place in a state of disrepair. All of the window speakers are gone. The concession stand’s roof is caving in, and the ticket booth has deteriorated significantly.
The Lake Park Drive-In in Williston is now closed, leaving North Dakota with no more operating drive-ins.
We were left with a nostalgic desire to attend a showing at a drive-in movie. If anybody has more information on the history of this place, please leave your comments below.
Read more about the Stardust 17 and other Drive-In movie theaters here.
Photos by Troy Larson and Terry Hinnenkamp, copyright Sonic Tremor Media LLC