Sky View Drive-In

3100 47th Avenue,
Sacramento, CA 95824

550 cars

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Sky View Drive-In

Viewing: Photo | Street View

Was a drive-in on 44th Street west of Franklin Boulevard directly across from the Campbells Soup plant in South Sacramento. Saw a handful of movies in the 1970’s and early-1980’s.

Contributed by William J Monahan

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brandonharry on September 17, 2008 at 4:38 pm

Sky View was open until at least the late 1980s. I was a projectionist at the Sacramento 6 Drive-In in the late 1980s and 1990s, and in the Fall of 1988 I had to deliver a print of “Bat 21” (starring Gene Hackman) to the Sky View once we were done showing it. The Sky View looked to be in rough shape but was still operating; it seemed to only have a few speaker poles with speakers on them (this was pre-radio sound). A year or so later a reckless speeding car skidded off the road and crashed into their box office facing 47th Avenue and did major damage (the driver was killed). It was a big news story at the time. I think that is what finaly ended the theater’s operation.

hiphats on April 19, 2009 at 1:22 am

A brief detailed history of this drive-in…it opened in 1949 as Sacramento’s first drive-in theater. At the time it opened, it was a single screen. Much later in the 1960s a second screen was added, called a “South Screen” (the original screen was labeled “North Screen”). A third screen was added in 1973 where a playground had been.

At its heyday, the North Screen had three sub-run hits for about $3.50 a car load. For a brief period in the 1970s, it ran Spanish movies. Some nights you’d get a short subject followed by two color cartoons (usually either a Disney or Terrytoons short). For intermission, you’d get those dancing hot dogs, or maybe you would have seen ads for “Federico College of Hair Styling”. Towards the end of its life, you’d see B- or Triple-Z fare (while no one remembers a movie called “The Rape Killer”, almost everyone, including myself, remembers “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes”), but it did run some blockbusters (one time, they had “Star Wars” and “Close Encounters” on the same bill.

The drive in closed down in 1988, with demolishing coming soon after. Having been born and raised in Sacramento and visiting the Sky View many times growing up as a child, I remember vividly all those visits. I can still picture in my mind the snack bar. Anyway, if anyone else has vivid memories of this drive in, you’re welcome to comment. Rest in peace, Skyview Drive In.

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Drive-In 54 on April 12, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Goggle Earth 1995 view. Does anybody have any pictures of it?

tubafoole on August 18, 2012 at 10:07 am

The drive-in theatre that was closest to home.My family frequently go the to see a movie.

Marklar on February 2, 2013 at 10:55 pm

I would like to see some pics of this place as well. Its cool that even after being closed for 20 years you can still tell it was a drive-in.

Johnwhat on February 20, 2015 at 1:30 pm

I was raised in Sacto beteen 1970 and 1980. When we’d drive on I-80 at night and go by the Skyview, I always liked the neon sign, showing a small star growing larger, then diminishing. I made up a stupid saying to go along with the visual: “ho, ho it, star!. Ho ho ho it.”

I had problems as a kid.

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