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The Skyview Drive-In was opened July 12, 1949. I have a 1953 local newspaper which shows the drive-in playing a western, "Short Grass" with Rod Cameron and Johnny Mack Brown. "Ivory Hunter" was the second feature.
The Skyview Drive-In was owned by D.D. Boardman, and unlike the Forrest Hills Drive-In in Augusta, it was located in a fairly urban area, most likely within the city limits. A very unusual location for a drive-in theatre in 1953.
It parked 562 cars. The original screen was enlarged to what Skyview projectionist Wave Ballard said in a 1979 interview, "one of the largest outdoor screens east of the Mississippi".
I only recall going there one time as a child and can’t remember the title. When I was 16 I saw "Deliverence" and "There Was A Crooked Man"
which is one of my favorite westerns. I remember they played "Deliverance" again after "Crooked Man".
Wave Ballard was a union operator and held the drive-in together doing handiwork like so many projectionists would do. There was an apartment at the base of the screen, and I was told by Ballard that it was filled with movie stills and one sheets. There’s no telling who got all of that or most likely it was trashed.
I went with Scott Kruger to see a rather lame soft "R" movie, "Flying Stewardesses" along with something else and guess what? We locked the keys in his dad’s car. We sure didn’t want to make that call! We finally did get the lock open with a coat hanger.
The theatre closed in the late-1970’s. Vandals would often break-in the concession stand since the projects were built all around the theatre. For it’s day it had a modern box office and a nice marquee.
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