Big Sky Drive-In

5906 W. Highway 80,
Midland, TX 79706

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Big Sky Drive-In

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The Big Sky Drive-In is a brand new theatre which opened October 19, 2005. The first movies shown were “The Fog” and “Corpse Bride” on screen 1 and “Just Like Heaven” and “Into The Blue” on screen 2. The owners of the Big Sky Drive-In also own the Sky-Vue Drive-in in Lamesa, about 90 miles to the north of Midland.

The Big Sky Drive-In location is directly adjacent to the former Texan Drive-In, which closed in the mid-1980’s.

One of the favorite items on the snack bar is the “Chihuahua” sandwich, which features taco meat, pimiento cheese, lettuce, and a jalapeno pepper.
The theatre operates year-round.

Contributed by Chad Hauris

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shoeshoe14 on January 29, 2007 at 3:41 am

Owned by Sam and Carolyn Kirkland. Room for 920 cars. They feature kite flying and horseshoes with baseball and 3 playgrounds.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 5, 2007 at 10:47 pm

This is a 7/10/2005 article about this drive-in.

“West Texas drive-in theater pushes opening to August.

Source: Odessa American
Byline: Casey Foran

Jul. 10—Area residents hankering to spend a summer evening at the drive-in will have to wait until August.

The Big Sky Drive-In Theater, to be located at 5906 Highway 80, has changed its scheduled opening from July to August.

“We planned on opening up in July, but that was just an estimate,” co-owner Sam Kirkland said.

Big Sky will be the first drive-in to be open in the area since the mid-1980s when the Video Park triple-screen closed. Originally opened in 1969 as the Holiday Drive-In, it was located where the Ector County Law Enforcement Center now stands.

Big Sky will show first-run movies on two screens. There will be room for 482 cars at one screen and 440 cars at the other, he said.

Customers will be able to hear the movies through their FM radios or jam boxes, according to R.A. “Skeet” Noret, Kirkland’s partner on the Odessa-Midland drive-in.

The tentative cost for a movie is $5 per person and the theater will employ 20 to 25 people.

“The prices are very reasonable,” Kirkland said. “Two first run movies for only $5, where else could you get that deal.”

Kirkland also said that the food is cheaper than at some theaters and it’s not just junk food.

“The food is also pretty reasonably priced,” Kirkland said. “It’s like a regular cafe, it’s good food.”

Kirkland also stressed that there would be “no $5 cokes.”

One of their most popular sandwiches is called the Chihuahua, which is trademarked by Kirkland. Invented in 1951, it includes corn tortillas with chili, onions, shredded cabbage and pimento cheese.

“For a bunch of things that don’t seem like they would be good together, the Chihuahua tastes pretty good,” Kirkland said.

Kirkland also said that the Chihuahua has developed a following and that he knows some who have driven miles to eat one.

The theater will be in the Midland area but the owner doesn’t want the people in Odessa to think it is just for Midland.

“We are building this for Odessa and Midland,” Kirkland said. “From day one, we wanted this to be for both towns”.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 23, 2007 at 11:57 pm

This drive-in has 3 screens.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 26, 2007 at 4:47 pm

This is a recent photo of the Big Sky Drive-In.

chadhauris on November 2, 2007 at 5:13 am

The theatre now has three screens but was originally opened with two. The third screen was installed in 2007.

TLSLOEWS on April 9, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Very nice looking drive-in.

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