I-36 and Co Road 1 A,
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One of Coshocton, OH. first and short-lived airers was the Sky-Way Drive-In. The grand opening night was on May 29, 1948 screening the 1947 romantic comedy “It Had To Be You” featuring Ginger Rogers, & Cornell Wilde. The new drive-in was opened by Frank O. Gilfilen and later on Frederick T. Williams from Grove City, PA. Williams would become a special partner who contributed $10,000.00 for common stock to the new Sky-Way Drive-In. It could park 425 cars each with in-a-car speakers. On January 23, 1952, the screen tower blew down during a severe wind storm. So in-between February and April of 1952, Gilfilen made new improvements to the drive-in to get it ready for the new 1952 drive-in season.
The Sky-Way Drive-In got a new 48ft screen tower with a new aluminum screen with transite panels, also a new glass enclosed box office was installed. In the winter months when the drive-in was closed, Gilfilen worked for the Shaw-Barton Inc. They were manufacturers and distributors of speciality advertising calendars, pens and other items. In June of 1954, Gilfilen was taken to court by the State of Ohio over getting an easement and right-of-way through his drive-in property. They wanted to relocate a road and intersection on the theatre grounds. It never went to trial and was settled in court. The last movie to be screened at the Sky-Way Drive-In was on August 18, 1954. At that time Frank O. Gilfilen was prepared to announce plans to open another drive-in theatre in the area in 1955, called the Tri-Vale Drive-In.
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