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Star View drive-in sold to local residents

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:48 PM

The Star View drive-in movie theater will change hands Friday for the first time in more than a half-century.

The theater, the last of its kind in this immediate area, has been owned by William Steel, of Oberlin, since 1949. Steel also owns the Apollo Theatre in Oberlin.

The new owners Constellation Enterprises LLC take possession Friday. The sale price was not disclosed.

Constellation consists of local residents Janet Doughty and Steve Witter.

Witter said he and Doughty are excited about the transition.

"Oh yeah, it's been Grand Central Station around here," Witter said.

Witter also noted the Star View will remain a drive-in theater this season and beyond, which is what Steel wanted. It will also keep its May-to-September schedule.

Doughty and Witter have both worked on and off at the drive-in theater for the past 30 years. Witter is currently the groundskeeper. He also works full-time at Whirlpool in Clyde.

"We want to keep the drive-in family-oriented with just-released movies," he said. "We want to keep the prices the same and maybe update the menu."

Buying the Star View was always in the back of Witter's mind. "Yes, we're nostalgic people," he said of himself and co-owner Doughty. "There's a good patronage base here. We want to keep this a family experience."

Steel said his father and two or three others built the Star View.

"It just seemed the time was right," the 77-year-old Steel said of the sale. "I knew Steve (Witter) and he seemed like a good person to take over."

Steel said he will retain possession of and continue running the Apollo.

The Star View is currently showing "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" and "Ocean's 13."

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