Citizens fear new noise ordinance could run Starlite out of business

Marty Gordon
Contributing writer

CHRISTIANSBURG—The line continues to be drawn in the sand between Christiansburg officials and the owners of a local drive-in theatre.

The town is considering slight adjustments to its noise ordinance that follow the Starlite Drive-In being cited for breaking the current ordinance.

Last year, the Starlight Drive-In was cited by Christiansburg Police twice after sound from its movies caused neighbors to complain.

The matter was taken to circuit court where a Montgomery County judge recommended the town examine its current noise ordinance and see if they and the theatre could find some common ground.

The town believes the changes introduced over the last two weeks do just that, but supporters and owners of the theatre fear that the business is being unfairly singled out.

The matter dates back five years when changes started taking place at the theatre. The Starlite removed individually-car mounted speakers and switched to a FM-transmitted radio…

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