Bill Monroe's life is conected with a local drive-in. He's made manager and then falls in love, gets married, and later his wife and children help him run the drive-in. He loves showing movies under a star canopy.
Synopsis:Bill Monroe is just turning 65 and works for U.S.F.D., which is a film distribution company. At a Film Expo for film exhibitors, he meets Douglas, who owns a drive-in in Baltimore. Douglas notices that Bill looks down, he asks him what’s wrong. It turns out that Bill used to run a drive-in and misses it. He tells Douglas about his past experience with the Starlite drive-in.
It’s 1957 and Bill at age of 19 he needs a summer job. He goes to the Starlite drive-in and asks the owner for a job. The owner who takes a liking to the boy gives him a job working security. One of Bill’s jobs is watching over the pony rides they have for the kids. He gets a kick out of one young named girl, Kate who wants to be just like Dale Evans. They become fast friends. Bill later gets promoted to assistant manager of the drive-in. Then in the summer of 1959 while he was working as an aide at a local advertising agency during the day, and at the drive-in at night, he falls asleep while running the projector. He is forced to choose between his two jobs and decides that his future is in advertising, and reluctantly quits the drive-in.
It is now the summer of 1969. Bill is working for a prestigious advertising agency in NYC. He’s doing well; he’s just been assigned a million dollar campaign that if they get the account, there might be a partnership in it for him. But Bill isn’t happy. He feels that he’s missing something from his life. After watching the police break-up a demonstration at City Hall, Bill makes a decision. He’s had it with the establishment, and instead he goes back to the Starlite Drive-in and becomes its manager. On Bill’s first night as manager, a 19-year-old girl comes up and gives him a hug. Bill looks at her and then realizes that she’s Kate, his old friend. After a while they end up falling in love and get married at the drive-in.
We now jump ahead to when Bill is 50. Kate helps out at the drive-in, which is now a twin, so do their son and daughter. The drive-in owner comes by to tell Bill that he is selling the drive-in. Bill wants to buy it. He even looks into mortgaging his house, but just when it looks like a done deal, a big super store chain makes the owner a better offer and Bill loses the drive-in. Bill is then offered a job with U.S.F.D. a film distribution company.
Now back in the present, Bill is surprised when he is given a life achievement award for all the support he has given to the theater owners over the years. He’s even more surprised when his boss announced Bill’s retirement form the firm. Bill and Kate drive home from the expo, and Kate surprises Bill by taking him to a small drive-in in the country. At the Drive-in he sees the old Starlite marquee, which he was given when the drive in closed. The marquee announces that the drive-in is under new management. Kate looks at him and says, “Here’s to a happy retirement”. He tells her that he loves her, and they drive into their drive-in.