Sky View Drive-In

3100 47th Avenue,
Sacramento, CA 95824

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Sky View Drive-In

Was a drive-in on 44th Street west of Franklin Boulevard directly across from the Campbells Soup plant in South Sacramento. The Drive-In opened on September 14, 1950 with Hedy Lamarr in “Samson and Delilah”. On September 21, 1962 a second screen was added with Angie Dickinson in “Jessica” & Burt Lancaster in “Birdman of Alcatraz” playing on both screens alternately. In 1973 a third screen was added. Saw a handful of movies in the 1970’s and early-1980’s. It was closed in 1988.

Contributed by William J Monahan

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

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

tubafoole
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
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
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.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on October 5, 2018 at 11:24 pm

The site is possibly now Trench Plate Rental?

rivest266
rivest266 on April 30, 2019 at 2:20 pm

This opened on September 14th, 1950. Grand opening ad posted.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on May 1, 2019 at 1:18 am

Opened with “Samson and Delilah” and other added attactions(not named).

rivest266
rivest266 on May 4, 2019 at 2:21 pm

2 screens on September 21st, 1962

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on May 5, 2019 at 6:50 am

The 2 screens both opened with “Jessica” and “Birdman of Alcatraz”(in different orders).

J.C.
J.C. on May 29, 2019 at 1:21 pm

Update on the former site…most of the property is now being used, assuring that it will never again be a multi-screen drive in theatre. The area where Screen 2 (the South Screen) was has now been graded. I assume the Strawn family, the Skyview’s owners, still holds what is left of the property. A very small trace of the drive in (a bit of Screens 1 and 3) remain but have not yet been graded, and obviously the screens have been brought down. A very tiny remnant, considering it has been nearly 70 years since it was built, and over 30 since its demise.

As of this writing, Gladys Strawn is still alive in her 90s, while her husband Glenn has passed away.

If there is anyone who has any film snipes that was used at the Skyview, please come forward.

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