Big Sky Drive-In

2245 Main Street,
Chula Vista, CA 91911

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Big Sky Drive-In

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The Big Sky Drive-In was opened in June 1955 and was closed in 1980. The theatre was razed a few years later to make way for an industrial park.

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kencmcintyre on April 2, 2009 at 2:57 pm

There are aerial views of the drive-in from 1964 and 1980 on this site. Enter the theater address to see the photos.
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kencmcintyre on July 23, 2009 at 6:49 pm

Here is a newspaper ad, circa 1970s:

craigmorrisonaia on July 6, 2012 at 7:59 am

Am I missing something? Is this theater the Big Sky or the Blue Sky?

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Drive-In 54 on July 6, 2012 at 11:41 am

Uploaded aerial view 1964. It was called the Big Sky. Must be the wrong picture??

But that is a nice looking marquee!!

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rokcomx on November 26, 2015 at 4:58 pm

The Big Sky Drive-In opened in June 1955 at 2245 Main Street in Chula Vista. With 21 acres of space, its car capacity of 2000 made it one of the four largest ozones in the U.S. (Los Aitos in Long Beach held 2100 while the 41 Twin in Franklin, Wisconsin, and the Twin Open Air in Oak Lawn, Illinois, were the same size as the Big Sky). The full-color opening night features were Howard Hughes' Son of Sinbad, along with the Randolph Scott western Rage At Dawn. The stainless steel-filled snack bar was dubbed The Sky Bar, and for years the Big Sky advertised “Always two cartoons!” A “Kiddieland” playground on the property included swings, slides, and whirls. This drive-in went dark in July 1980. An industrial park was eventually built on the property.

rokcomx on November 26, 2015 at 4:59 pm

The Blue Sky marquee posted to the photo page is a different theater – uploading two shots of the Big Sky marquee now.

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