Skyland Drive-In

Poinsett Highway at Skyland Avenue,
Greenville, SC 29617

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Skyland Drive-In

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The Skyland Drive-In was opened October 1, 1949. It had a large green metal frame screen with sign facing highway.

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kencmcintyre on June 12, 2009 at 8:15 pm

There is a photo here of the grand opening in 1947:

Budbrewster2 on January 1, 2010 at 1:23 pm


I can’t believe it! The son of Lake Cely — I’m very glad to meet you, sir. I love the CDs of your father’s preshow and intermission spots. You can order them from the fine people at The Drive-In Exchange by clicking on the link below. The sound quality has been carefully restored, the CDs have been handsomely packaged. You’ll love them!

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Budbrewster2 on January 1, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Oops, I forgot to include my email address, Brook. I’d love to hear more about your father and the tapes he made for the Skyland Drive-In.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 21, 2010 at 1:55 pm

If you want more on the Carolina Theatre business get WilliamC.Cline’s book “STROKE OF FORTUNE” Mr.Cline was a film booker and writes about many theatres in both states.Pictures too.Empire Publishing.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 21, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Also Glad to see all the local response,How about some stories on the WHITE HORSE DRIVE-in in Greenville.

RPulliam on June 24, 2013 at 6:24 pm

I remember the Skyland Drive-In, but I’m confused about a drive-in that was on Poinsett Highway (a ways up from the WLOS affiliate studio on that highway). My memory wants me to think that the Skyland was there, but the reference above says Buncombe Road. Can anyone help clear my memory?

CharlieCoates on July 1, 2013 at 1:58 pm

You are correct. The Skyland was on Poinsett Highway, on the right hand side northbound, next to the WundaWeave Carpet mill.

Furman students were regulars. The school was just over the hill. Summertime triple features would run to the wee hours, sometimes until 2-3AM because of late starts due to Daylight Savings Time. Not uncommon for a bunch of guys to stop at Bo-Nats, get a couple of 6 packs, pay a dollar a carload (we also used the trunk) and sit on the ground and watch a Steve McQueen triple bill. A staple of these was always The Great Escape.

Rocketrodcub on July 25, 2014 at 10:46 pm

One of my earliest and very exciting childhood memories was from the late 50’s. Our small, mill type (and humble) neighborhood was located off of Poinsett Highway. We lived right behind WundaWeave and the Skyland drive-in theater. We could go up the street and then cross Hillandale Drive to the back of the theater. But you had to go down a deep ditch (and believe me there were a few intriguing, winding paths there) and look through the trees to watch the screen, while hiding from the roving movie personnel. As a four year old in the summer time, usually in the dark, it didn’t get much more adventuresome than that. What fun and great memories! And sometimes we had an adult neighbor who would cram us in his car so we could actually go see and hear the movie while eating unhealthy snacks, drinking sodas and sharing popcorn!

NYozoner on January 3, 2015 at 5:55 pm

Poinsett Hwy at Skyland Ave
Greenville, SC 29617

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in. The side street across Poinsett Hwy from the drive-in is named Skyland Ave.

rivest266 on August 18, 2016 at 5:48 am

This opened on October 1st, 1949. Grand opening ad in photo section.

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