Skyview Drive-In

2260 Soquel Drive,
Santa Cruz, CA 95065

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This was a great family drive-in, first opened as the single screen Encina Drive-In in 1949.

Sadly, it was closed in December 2007 and demolished in May 2008.

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terrywade on December 16, 2007 at 8:12 am

I have sad news for all my Drive In friends. The Skyview has now CLOSED! The last day for the flea market was Nov 25 2007. The big Cinemascope sreens closed Sun Dec 2 2007. No more Drive In in Santa Cruz CA. Please change listing to closed not open. I was in Santa Cruz today and yes it is all closed. When the wreckers come who knows. Go by and take some photos before they do the dirty work. Its locked up but you can take photos from the outside. The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (Sutter Maternity now owns the old Encina DI (Skyview) To bad the family that owned the Skyview didn’t have a weeklong blow out with old classic movies ect. It closed fast. They got the $$$ from the hospital and shut off the films fast. The popcorn is no longer pop'n in Santa Cruz CA at the Drive IN.

Edward Havens
Edward Havens on February 19, 2008 at 3:58 pm

I can’t tell you how many movies I saw here in my youth. While I can understand the economic reasons why drive-ins are closing, it’s still sad to see another part of my personal history be swept under the rug.

GaryParks on April 11, 2008 at 10:58 pm

The screen towers have been torn down.

jabrister on May 15, 2008 at 8:03 pm

Look around the site and put some time in to take action.

Call and complain to Don Bussey, contact the Historic Society, …

kencmcintyre on June 26, 2009 at 7:10 pm

This May 2007 blog discusses the Skyview:

MelodyRose on March 21, 2010 at 5:44 am

So so sad, I went to the Skyview Drive-In child hood into adult hood. I will admit that once in my broke teenage years I did hide in the trunk so I didn’t have to pay. p.s.. I am sorry for that. Skyview was the only drive-in in Santa Cruz and around the area, and now if I want to enjoy the drive-in atmosphere I have to drive to San Jose and it is just not the same. I am hopeful that there will be another drive-in in Santa Cruz, because that would be awesome;) Fare Well Skyview, you are missed on nights that I am bored, which happens a lot. Thanks for the great times and awkward moments.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 13, 2010 at 3:16 am

Encino/SKYVIEW DRIVE-In parked 440 cars and was owned in 1956 by Calif.Empire Theatre Inc.

GaryParks on February 1, 2011 at 11:31 pm

For the aesthetic record: For the last twenty-five years or so of its existence, the backside of the main (original) screen tower of the Skyview was painted blue, but before that, it was painted in wide, alternating vertical bands of pink and mint.

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