Skyway Drive-In

5966 Interstate Drive E.,
Amarillo, TX 79102

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Skyway Drive-In

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The Skyway Drive-In was opened October 27, 1950 with “Sierra”. It was operated by H. Wilson & J. Fagan, of W.F.W. Theatres Inc. out of Dallas. In August 1961 it went over to playing Spanish language movies. It was closed February 22, 1964.

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NYozoner on December 26, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Address should be: 5966 Interstate Dr E, Amarillo, TX 79118

Here is a link to a MapQuest image for this drive-in, ramps are still visible:

ronnwood on October 21, 2013 at 9:56 am

I may be the only person you’ll ever come across who was actually at a movie showing at the Skyway Drive-in Theater. I don’t remember which movie as I was less than 10 years old and was mainly interested in the swings and merry-go-round down in front of the screen. I do recall a really tasty hot dog from the concession. The screen was a modern metal structure on which SKYWAY was written with a futuristic-like font. I believe it was the newest of the original drive-in theaters in Amarillo but it didn’t last long because the I-40 freeway was built right across the front half of the theater. The screen was pulled down about 1962 and its metal structure lay in the field just south of the freeway rusting away for several years but not long enough for me to collect a souvenir piece of scrap.

dallasmovietheaters on June 11, 2015 at 4:14 am

The Skyway Drive-In opened October 27, 1950. Days before, the aviation-centric drive-in advertised $100 for a parachute jumper to deliver the first film to the drive-in. The first film was “Sierra.” Midway through August of 1961, the Skyway converted to Spanish language films. On February 22, 1964, the Skyway played its final two features with “Aladino y la Lámpara Maravillosa” and “No soy monedita de oro.” It was the first of the Weisenburg Drive-Ins in Amarillo to close leaving the Trail, Palo Duro, Tascosa and Twin in the portfolio.

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