Skyline Drive-In

31175 Old Highway 58,
Barstow, CA 92311

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Skyline Drive-In

The Skyline Drive-In opened in 1964 with a single screen and closed in 1987. After a makeover, the theatre re-opened in 1996. A second screen was added in 2000.

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 12, 2008 at 2:45 pm

As of 2007, the Skyline is also being used as a flea market.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 17, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Here is a February 1985 ad from the LA Times:
http://tinyurl.com/yg8phfs

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on February 19, 2017 at 3:50 pm

This page shows a Skyline logo with the tagline “Established 1964”

http://www.normreeveswestcovina.com/west-covina-drive-ins/

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on February 12, 2019 at 2:40 pm

Google Maps now prefers the address as 31175 Old Hwy 58.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on July 17, 2019 at 7:49 am

The Skyline stayed open until January 1989, when its newspaper movie listings abruptly ceased. It’s weird how many references I’ve read for a 1987 closure, but the newspaper ads don’t lie, at least not that way.

Current owner Larry Rodkey bought the Skyline in 1995, as recounted in a 2015 article in the local newspaper. “This one (Skyline) was closed when I bought it. And this is what I get for drinking,” Rodkey said with a hearty laugh. “I came here many, many years ago and stopped in front and I said ‘I’m going to own this some day.’ And 10 years later I got it.”

After running it on a shoestring for about a decade, Rodkey leased it to manager Randy Shull. After a couple of years, Shull closed it in August 2009. Gene Harvey took over the lease and reopened two months later.

Harvey tried and failed to win a digital projector from Honda, then closed the Skyline in February 2015. Rodkey returned, paid more for two digital projectors than he had paid for the whole place two decades earlier, and reopened the drive-in again in April that year.

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