Amelia's Starlite Drive-In Offering Graduation Ceremonies for Schools Affected by Coronavirus Closures

The show must go on, and this longtime Clermont County entertainment staple is using its unique space to ensure that it does

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Amelia's Starlite Drive-In Offering Graduation Ceremonies for Schools Affected by Coronavirus Closures
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It seems as though most aspects of our normal life have shifted since the coronavirus pandemic spread across the world. But Amelia's Starlite Drive-In is hoping to ensure one thing is guaranteed for our blossoming youth. 

The half-a-century-old drive-in theater is utilizing their unique space for schools and colleges to hold graduation ceremonies. It may be different than your typical ceremony, but it will at least offer some bit of normalcy to the anticipated milestone. 

Theater manager Anthony Smith said that since posting the offer on their Facebook page to gauge interest, he's already penciled-in 12 schools that want to hold ceremonies there in May. 

The plan for the ceremonies isn't yet set in stone, but Smith said there are several options they're considering, including organizing students by name and having them park in coordinating rows where they will be livestreamed to everyone's cell phones when they step out of their cars, one by one. Or they may build a stage where students can approach one by one and the principal can announce each student through the car radios. Or schools can reserve a spot at night and utilize the projector and screen. 

Pricing starts at $250 for the first 50 cars and then it is $5 a car after. If you're interested learning more about what they're offering, reach out to Smith by messaging the theater's Facebook page

Smith said they've also been using the space for weekly Sunday church services from Living Word Christian Church, where the pastor's message is radioed in through car speakers.

Starlite Drive-In opens for the season on May 1 and will be featuring Trolls and Dr. Doolittle on their opening weekend. 

Starlite Drive-In, 2255 OH-125, Amelia.

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