Skyline Drive-In

182 SE Brewer Road,
Shelton, WA 98584

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The Skyline Drive-In opened in 1962. This single screen drive-in has a capacity for 330 cars.

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KenLayton on September 27, 2013 at 12:06 am

Damage to the video projector, telephones, and internet have all been repaired.

SteveSwanson on January 11, 2014 at 6:18 pm

After the Valley 6 closed in Auburn, I thought I would make more visits to the Skyline. However, after my last trip on Labor Day weekend, I remain convinced that the Rodeo (which is about an hour’s drive north) is the best drive-in left in Washington.

What I liked about the Skyline: 2 lines at the box office, with the left lane being cash only, remodeled bathrooms (and they had the space to do it) the digital projector is a big improvement. They also have an Annual Rocky Horror night and other retro films.

The dislikes: it might have been that night only, but the line in the snack bar was super long. They only have one popper and its too small for that kind of crowd, plus it went down that night. I tend to notice more of the smaller details that makes a drive-in unique. Seeing the totem pole out front decay, peeling paint on the snack bar, the glo-tops getting fried when they added the FM transmitter.

I am glad they are still open, and managed to transition from film to digital. But I’ve seen better operations on the West Coast.

Al on January 21, 2014 at 7:58 pm

Skyline Drive-In is far superior to the Rodeo Drive-In.

SteveSwanson, if you look at the smaller details, did you notice the boarded-up, broken down concession stand at the Rodeo?

Or the fact that they have a far smaller selection of food compared to all other Drive-Ins on the West Coast?

The Rodeo is the only one with more than 1 screen in WA (they have 3) which is a plus, but the employees at the Skyline Drive-In are far more professional and courteous than the Rodeo (and the BlueFox).

I’ve been to all of the remaining 4 Drive-Ins in Western Washington this last year (2013), and Skyline Drive-In is definitely the best.

KenLayton on April 5, 2014 at 6:37 pm

On Friday March 28, 2014, a power transformer at the theater blew up about 7:00 PM. It knocked the power out not only for the theater, but also for 1400 other customers of P.U.D. # 3. They finally got the power back on at 2:30 in the morning. So unfortunately the theater was unable to open that night due to the lack of power.

KenLayton on April 5, 2014 at 6:38 pm

Today the Tacoma News Tribune ran a story about the Skyline’s 50th season:

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on April 5, 2014 at 7:33 pm

Today the Tacoma News Tribune ran a story about the Skyline’s 50th season here

KenLayton on April 6, 2014 at 9:25 pm

The same story also appeared in the March 23, 2014 edition of The Olympian newspaper in Olympia, Washington.

The Drive-In Theatre Preservation Society (
The Drive-In Theatre Preservation Society ( on September 1, 2015 at 6:50 pm

KEN LAYTON — Please email me, sir! Thanks, brother! is back online — I want to upload your interview, and more!

JeffSchafer on March 15, 2019 at 11:26 pm

On the post “Drive-In Theatre Preservation Society on September 1, 2015 at 6:50 pm”, they need to update their URL.

The current one (as of 3/15/2019) is

KenLayton on July 14, 2019 at 9:45 pm

I drove past the Skyline a couple of days ago and the totem pole is now gone. :(

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