Skyview Drive-In

1133 NE 23rd Street,
Oklahoma City, OK 73111

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Skyview Drive-In

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Okie on July 19, 2006 at 11:49 am

While Twilight Gardens Drive-In encouraged family trade with kiddy rides, free toy balloons, and Disney type movies, Skyview tended to lean toward a mature patronage with double features geared toward teenage daters and adult couples.

retrojosh on January 27, 2007 at 10:57 am

Does anyone know if there is anything left of this drive in?

arne on December 26, 2008 at 10:20 pm

I was looking through a book about Route 66, called just Along Route 66, came upon a page dedicated to the Skyview, and found my way to this listing for the theater. You can see a vintage photo of the Skyview here:

I’ll add some data from the entry on the Skyview in the Route 66 book-it’s by Quinta Scott.
Sam Kapriolotis, a Greek immigrant, was briefly raised in New York City around 1900, then his dad and brother went back to Greece. Sam stayed, adopted the new last name of Caporal, after his favorite cigarette brand, made his way west to Oklahoma City, and opened a movie theater in 1916. 32 years later, in 1948, he and his three sons built the Skyview. Architect David Baldwin designed the structure, made of reinforced concrete and built using slip-form construction. The screen tower was formed in six days, with five windows on each of the eight rows. The Caporals put lights behind the quatrefoil-shaped windows to light them up like golden stars at night.

krcrook on February 17, 2009 at 9:19 pm

Interesting…do any of those books say the Skyview was on 66? It was somewhat close, but really on US62 and 277. Nevertheless, a great example of a drive-in of that era. I have no idea when it was expanded, but the screen was widened from what is seen in that old postcard. I remember the large screen and other ruins of it were still there when I went looking for it in the late 1980’s. Must have been an experience to have gone there in its heyday!

raybradley on June 13, 2009 at 9:44 am

This site has photos of hundreds of Oklahoma theatres. View 1949 Skyview photo by typing in word “drive-in”,
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raybradley on June 13, 2009 at 9:47 am

Didn’t #@*# work. Dadgummit, try this one instead –
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greginyukon on September 18, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Was the location for the Skyview on the northeast corner of Coltrane and NE 23rd? From an aerial view it looks very much like it. But, if you enter 1133 NE 23 on Mapquest, it puts the location way back west near Kelley. I’ve also seen a map that places it off Sunnylane…? Thanks!

seymourcox on July 25, 2010 at 12:14 pm

The old Skyview Drive-In has returned to wilderness country,

whorton on July 13, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Krcrook asks about the location of the Skyview. It was NOT located on 66. It was located on 23rd street, East of central Oklahoma city. It is actually state highway 62.

When it closed, it was operated by the same Caporal family that owned the Mayflower theatre in Oklahoma city. (the were related to the Caporal family who owned the Rivera drive in in south Oklahoma city, but not the same family.)

The Skyview closed at the end of the 1983 and did not reopen for the 84 season.

From the AIDA database:

Skyview Drive-in Theatre (ad)

Opened June 12, 1948

Last Feature was Sun, Oct 16, 1983 (Malibu Hot Summer, Cinderella 2000, Bedroom Stewerdess)

Closed 1983, did not reopen for the 1984 season

Located at NE 23rd and Coltrane (Northeast Corner),

“23rd Street One mile East of Eastern”

1948, June 13 New Drive-in theatre to open

1948-49 Theatre Catalog lists Sam Caporal as Exec M8-C992-D7-CH3

1949-1950 Theatre Catalog lists Sam Caporal as owner M9-C892-D7

1955 Theatre Catalog lists Sam Caporal as Exec C1000

1965 IMPA lists same info, Capacity as 900

1979 IMPA, does not list capacity. Owner given as C. Caporl

1984 IMPA lists C. Caporl as owner

Location by GPS N 35º 29.600’ W 97º 26.489’

Wesley Horton AIDA

jwmovies on November 29, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Above address in the header is incorrect. Approx. address for this drive-in was 2788 N Coltrane Rd, Oklahoma City, OK 73121.

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