Skyway Drive-In

5642 Brainerd Road,
Chattanooga, TN 37411

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bogrunch on July 9, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Hello Jim Greenwalt; I worked in the concession stand of the Skyway from 1954 to 1956 when I graduated from high school and joined the Navy. My name is Carl Hamilton and I was the redheaded kid that Don Shaw gave a job too and I worked one summer on the grounds. I remember you and your sister(I think she was your sister),who lived in Warren, Ohio, my e:mail is

Deannclum on March 10, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Jim or Walt, It’s been over 6 years since your post re the Skyway so I hope one of you are still on this site. I would love to have a copy of the Skyway aerial & photos for my parents scrapbook. Thank you!!!!

mkbtnvols on December 6, 2010 at 9:51 pm

does anyone have any pics of the 41 drive-in in east ridge tennesseecan you send me a pic of it thank you

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 26, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Thanks for the picture.Doesn’t look like Scope pictures would play well there.

WillardWood on February 9, 2008 at 11:15 am

Ken, all I can say is WOW. Thank you for sharing the pic of the Skyway drive-in theater. That pic brings back so many memories and good memories at that. One would be my parents taking us kids to see movies. Another would be the taking of my g/f in Brainerd to the drive-in at the Skyway. Again thank you so much for sharing. Willard.

kencmcintyre on February 7, 2008 at 7:13 pm

Here is an undated photo from the Chattanooga Library:

jimgreenwalt on December 5, 2006 at 9:21 am

Willard, if you will email me via my contact email address on this site, I will dig out the pictures, scan them, and send them to you. I learned to drive at the 23rd Street Drive In. jg

WillardWood on November 8, 2006 at 1:22 pm

Jim, if you do have pictures, it would be wonderful to see them. I believe I was at every drive in your grandfather built and owned. as a teen ager. By the way, my father in 1958 took me to the Skyway on Sunday morning to “teach me” how to drive the ole Chevy family car. He would get so mad at me. driving around the spacious lot. Thank you. Willard

jimgreenwalt on August 1, 2006 at 7:17 am

My grandfather, Don Shaw, built the Sky Way Drive-In and assisted in the building of the other drive-ins in Chattanooga. Our family home was at 5500 Woodlawn Drive next to the Sky Way. We had a speaker in the yard. After the storm blew down the screen in 1959, we moved to East Brainerd. Our land and the Sky Way property were developed as Eastgate Mall. I have pictures of the Sky Way and aerials. I may have pictures of the other drive-ins too.

William on April 24, 2006 at 8:01 am

cbc, Till this point no one has not gotten around to it yet. On the main page of the site. You can add theatres to the site and information that you would like to share.

Creighton on April 21, 2006 at 9:15 am

If there was a drive-in called 41 Drive-In located in East Ridge,
Tennessee, why does this web site have it listed?


William on April 21, 2006 at 8:05 am

The Skyway Drive-In car capacity was 400 cars. It was operated by Don Shaw, Skyway Theatres.

In Chattanooga there was these Drive-Ins:
Broad Street Drive-In (637 cars) owner J. Solomon
58th. Street Drive-In (500 cars) owner D. Shaw
Look-Out Drive-In (300 cars) owner J. Sadow
Red Bank Drive-In (500 cars) owner J. Solomon
23rd. Street Drive-In (534 cars) owner W.H. Fincher
41 Drive-In (400 cars) owner W.H. Fincher
Sky Way Drive-In (400 cars) Skywat Theatres

Creighton on April 21, 2006 at 7:16 am

Cannot find history for a drive in theater built in the fourties,
in East Ridge, Tennessee. Which is in Chattanooga, TN