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Could the curtain close on Starlite Drive-in?

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The Starlite Drive-in is a long standing summer attraction for Greater Cincinnatians, but it's possible the screen's “days and glowing nights may be over,” according to the owner.

The harsh winter left the 67-year-old screen in need of costly repairs to avoid demolition of the structure.

“I am sickened and very sad of being in this unavoidable situation and possibly facing the loss of a beautiful and beloved piece of Americana,” Owner Deborah Brooks wrote Friday in a post on the drive-in's Facebook. That post was shared upwards of 800 times in only three hours.

Brooks says wooden beams behind the white screen panels show signs of rotting and can't hold the screen's weight.  A Northern Kentucky company will begin dismembering the screen next week to determine if repairs are possible.

“It might be more expensive to try and save it than it is to demolish it,” Brooks told FOX19 NOW. She said rebuilding is an option.

The screen, built in the 40s by a World War II Veteran, has stood at the drive-in since it opened in 1947. Starlite is one of only 357 Drive-Ins left in the United States.

If the screen is able to be repaired, Brooks says the 2015 season will start mid-May.

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