Skyline Drive-In

182 SE Brewer Road,
Shelton, WA 98584

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KenLayton
KenLayton on April 7, 2014 at 5:25 am

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

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on April 6, 2014 at 3:33 am

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

KenLayton
KenLayton on April 6, 2014 at 2:38 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

KenLayton
KenLayton on April 6, 2014 at 2:37 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.

Al
Al on January 22, 2014 at 3:58 am

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.

SteveSwanson
SteveSwanson on January 12, 2014 at 2:18 am

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.

KenLayton
KenLayton on September 27, 2013 at 8:06 am

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

KenLayton
KenLayton on September 8, 2013 at 6:03 am

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

KenLayton
KenLayton on September 8, 2013 at 2:33 am

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

KenLayton
KenLayton on September 7, 2013 at 7:09 am

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

dezeradoll
dezeradoll on August 13, 2013 at 12:55 am

@Mike Rogers, That comment that it seems you are referring to was written in 2005, the “NEW OWNERS” did not take over until 2006. @wcmanker : the entire theatre has been re done since your last visit. there are new bathrooms, the snack bar has been re modeled, we have a whole new crew (only one crew member remains that was there in 2005 and that is me)we even got a new projector and sound system last week. we now have great sound, great picture and a super friendly crew. still do not allow outside food or drink but they simply make you toss it if they see it, you would not get kicked out of the theatre. hope you give the theatre another chance. :D

KenLayton
KenLayton on August 7, 2013 at 7:09 am

Officially converted to video projection today August 6, 2013.

KenLayton
KenLayton on March 19, 2013 at 8:28 pm

Steve Swanson, Arthur Allen, the late Carl Cook, and myself have all photographed this theater over the years.

KenLayton
KenLayton on June 2, 2012 at 6:47 am

Some of the fire damage has been repaired and the theater has re-opened.

KenLayton
KenLayton on May 31, 2012 at 6:59 am

A fire today 5-30-2012 has damaged the kitchen and lobby of the theater. The Skyline is temporarily closed until the damage can be repaired.

KenLayton
KenLayton on August 18, 2011 at 11:59 pm

Terraserver aerial picture:

http://www.terraserver.com/view.asp?cx=-123.09465890000001&cy=47.1452942&proj=4326&mpp=0.75&pic=-1&prov=-1&stac=-1&sdrt=jax

KenLayton
KenLayton on August 8, 2011 at 7:55 pm

There is a typo in the theater phone number listed here on CT. The correct number is 360.426.4707

KenLayton
KenLayton on August 2, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Theater opened on May 28, 1964 with Walt Disney’s “Lady & the Tramp” double-billed with “Billy Budd”. Admission was 90 cents for everyone age 12 and up. Wednesdays were $1.25 a carload nights.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 2, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Seems like the NEW OWNERS don’t care from what I read Above,Then why on Earth would you want to buy a Theatre only to run folks off; it is a sad statement if above posts are true,Heck it is probably closed now.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 8, 2009 at 4:55 pm

Here is a July 2008 ad from the Shelton-Mason County Journal:
http://tinyurl.com/mhqs9n

dwjensen
dwjensen on August 30, 2005 at 5:42 am

When I was a kid growing up in Olympia in the late 70’s/early 80’s, the Skyline was showing X-rated movies. My friends and I found their ads in the Daily Olympian very interesting and always tried to figure out ways we could sneak in. However, their ads all stated “If you can’t open your trunk, don’t come.”

wcmanker
wcmanker on July 8, 2005 at 3:38 pm

This Theater is in a sad state. The sound is awfull and the contrast on the screen is very poor making it hard to see the movie. They will kick you out without a refund if they see that you brought outside food into the drive-in, which IMO goes against the very foundation of what drive-ins are meant to be. What are they going to do search your car?

Their food is poor and the food stand is dungy and dirty, with only part of their video games working and the non-working games without signs saying that they don’t work. The food is over expensive with a long wait.

A very poor experiance all the way around. We probably wont be going back there for a while, if at all!