Skyway Drive-In

3475 Highway 42,
Fish Creek, WI 54212

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Skyway Drive-In

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The Skyway Drive-In, which is Wisconsin’s second-oldest continuously operating drive-in, first opened July 26, 1950 (the Keno Family Drive-In in Pleasant Prairie is older by one year). With its original lit-up marquee, a snack bar, old-fashioned intermission trailers and both speakers and AM/FM sound, this drive-in is an increasingly rare nostalgic survivor of 1950’s Americana. It screens first-run double features and is located between Fish Creek and Ephraim.

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Hal
Hal on May 13, 2006 at 7:06 am

This place is a genuine “time warp”!!! If you are ever in Door County stop in and see a movie, they are open daily from about Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend and run weekends only for awhile before and after the holiday weekends. Usually they have a double feature, normally they run current films too! The price is right, it’s alot of fun, and a great family outing! They have special “theme nights” from time to time, just like years ago, it’s usually packed on the weekends so go early and enjoy a real trip back to the 50’s & 60’s! I know this sounds like an advertisement, but hey, how many drive-ins are left? And besides, Door County is just about one of the most beautiful places in the country to Visit.

johnsonent
johnsonent on November 17, 2006 at 1:51 pm

The first movie I saw at the Skyway was Bell, Book and Candle. Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak. My family was on our yearly vaction to Ellison Bay. We lived in Chicago at that time. My mothers best friend (Lolly Phiel) took me and my brother. I moved to Door County in 1975. One of my daughters, Emily (15)worked at the Skyway part time this past summer. It looks the same as it did back in the 50’s and 60’s. Except for the playground equipment. To many kids got hurt. Its a place were local kids can meet friends from school during summer vacation. Its been like that since it opened.

johnsonent
johnsonent on November 17, 2006 at 1:57 pm

The first movie I saw at the Skyway was Bell, Book and Candle. Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak. My family was on our yearly vaction to Ellison Bay. We lived in Chicago at that time. My mothers best friend (Lolly Phiel) took me and my brother. I moved to Door County in 1975. One of my daughters, Emily (15)worked at the Skyway part time this past summer. It looks the same as it did back in the 50’s and 60’s. Except for the playground equipment. To many kids got hurt. Its a place were local kids can meet friends from school during summer vacation. Its been like that since it opened.

MrDriveIn
MrDriveIn on December 3, 2008 at 2:47 pm

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www.drive-inthruwisconsin.com There you will find photos, original newspaper ads and a whole lot more. Or contact me at I will give you complete and accurate information about Wisconsin drive-in theaters, just ask. Thanks, Charles Bruss

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on December 4, 2009 at 1:45 am

Explore The Door show segment on the Skyway Drive-In

Door County, WI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svYamQOScX0

Chris1982
Chris1982 on October 12, 2014 at 10:45 pm

Great history from thwie website: Originally owned by brothers Orville and Elton Voeks (they were also the first owners of the Lake Cinema indoor theatre in Baileys Harbor), the Skyway first opened its front gate on July 26th, 1950. Movies have lit up the screen every summer since then, making it the 2nd longest continuously running drive-in in Wisconsin. Once a common sight throughout the state, there are nine drive-ins still operating. In 1981 our parents, Darrell and Eileen, purchased the business from Mr. and Mrs. Orville Voeks. With a desire to keep the Skyway running smoothly, they updated and improved the equipment and buildings over the years. Some of you may remember when the projector’s light was provided by carbons and a full-time projectionist was required to run the movie. You may also recall the days when, prior to the movie, Orville or our father would drive up and down the rows in a 1955 Chevy, which was designed to release a mosquito-repelling fog. These days the projector’s light comes from a high-powered bulb, the movie basically runs itself with the aid of automated equipment, and the old Chevy is long gone. Certain things have changed during the past 50+ years, but many elements of the drive-in’s history have been preserved. It is still a one screen drive-in with only a slight increase in the number of parkings spots. The bathrooms were moved and expanded, otherwise the snack bar is basically set up the same way it was in the 1950’s. Cartoon advertisements created decades ago are still shown before the movie (yes, we still sell “Pic”!). While you can now listen to the movie on your car radio, traditional speakers hang on the posts in the first four rows. In 1999 we took over operation of the Skyway from our parents and have attempted to run things in much the same manner they did. We want to make changes necessary to maintain and improve the business without losing sight of the past. Whether you are reliving childhood memories of going to a drive-in during the 1950s and 60s or experiencing it for the first time, we hope you enjoy your visit. —Jeffrey and Dale Jacobson

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