Skyview Drive-in in Belleville adding third screen

posted by CSWalczak on July 7, 2010 at 4:47 am

BELLEVILLE, IL — The sixty-one-year-old Skyview Drive-in will be adding a third screen, to be built on the adjacent land currently occupied by the defunct Quad Theatre which closed in 2000. The Skyview is the only surviving drive-in in the greater St. Louis, MO area.

SIEGEL: At one time, across the country, there were thousands of drive-in movie theaters. Now, only a few hundred remain. They became victims of the home video revolution, and those enormous lots for the outdoor theaters became prime targets for real estate speculators who saw an opportunity to build strip malls. But for a variety of reasons, the theater in Belleville was never gobbled up.

Mr. BLOOMER: So as a result, we were kind of forced to continue to operate it, and as a result, we survived the slump in drive-ins in the ‘80s and '90s, and we’ve come back to be a real strong option for families to see a movie.

There’s more at NPR.com.

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