Startight Drive-in restoration

Three years after being blown down in a storm and $50,000 later, the Starlight Drive-In Theatre sign is to finally be reinstated beside the Federal Highway.

The sign, made in 1956 in Sydney, is thought to be the only original drive-in theatre sign in the country still in its original location, according to Planning Minister Mick Gentleman, who will unveil the restored sign on Tuesday.

Now on the ACT heritage register, it was "the only tangible reminder in the ACT of the iconic era of drive-ins", he said.

The Starlight sign marked the entrance to the drive-in movie venue at Watson from 1957 until the venue closed in 1993, and stood for almost another decade before it was blown off its footings in a storm in 2012. It has spent the intervening time in a Fyshwick depot, with a campaign more recently to have it restored, including a petition from a group calling itself the Starlight Rescue Committee.

Original sign still exists on the alternate side