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
KenLayton on September 7, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Lightning struck the power pole feeding the theater today 9-6-2013 knocking out power to the theater and cancelling all shows.

KenLayton
KenLayton on September 8, 2013 at 11:33 am

Evidently the electrical storm did damage the new video projector and all shows are cancelled until further notice.

KenLayton
KenLayton on September 8, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Telephone lines at the theater are also damaged from the lightning strike. Phone lines are down right now.

KenLayton
KenLayton on September 27, 2013 at 5:06 pm

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

SteveSwanson
SteveSwanson on January 12, 2014 at 1:18 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
Al on January 22, 2014 at 2:58 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
KenLayton on April 6, 2014 at 11:37 am

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
KenLayton on April 6, 2014 at 11:38 am

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

http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/03/23/3133444/sheltons-skyline-drive-in-theater.html?sp=/99/289/&ihp=1

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on April 6, 2014 at 12:33 pm

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

KenLayton
KenLayton on April 7, 2014 at 2:25 pm

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

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