Skyview Drive-In

1714 Olive Road,
Augusta, GA 30904

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The Skyview Drive-In was opened in 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.

Contributed by Mike Rogers

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 15, 2011 at 1:33 pm

More movies that played here.

June 5 1959 “MEN IN WAR”,“LONG HAUL” and “FRONTIER GUN”

June 25 1966 “HARPER”

June 14 1968 “FIRECREEK” and “TRIPLE CROSS”

July 26 1968 “CONQUEROR WORM” and “PREMATURE BURIAL”

June 13 1969 “BONNIE and CLYDE” and “COOL HAND LUKE”

July 4 1969 “EYE OF THE CAT and "TORN CURTAIN”

August 15 1969 “HELL’S ANGELS 69” and “3 IN THE ATTIC”

June 8 1971 “SHANTY TRAMP” and “SAVAGES FROM HELL”

and Sept 24 1971 a movie that opened at Southgate Cinema, “EVEL KNIEVEL” and “DEVIL’S 8”.

arabella1
arabella1 on June 18, 2011 at 10:48 am

I just posted two photos of my Dad painting the screen of the Skyview in 1967. This is also the way he use to put up the billboard posters for movies that played there. I use to help him do that. I’ll never forget the white glue that you had to put on the huge sheets. It was so messy. Those were the best years of my childhood and teen years. Tina Griffin

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 21, 2011 at 6:55 pm

thanks tina,those Billboard movie sheets would be worth a lot of money, I have a shot of the screen long after it Closed.Thanks for getting the pictures on.

arabella1
arabella1 on August 5, 2011 at 7:18 pm

I wish I had gone back over and taken more pictures before they tore it all down, but Daddy wouldn’t let us. He was afraid we would get hurt because of all the people that had broken into everything. How about posting that picture, Mike.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 3, 2011 at 11:19 am

I have one of the Marquee not long before it closed,have to dig it up.

Charles Andrews
Charles Andrews on November 19, 2011 at 12:51 am

Newbie to this group. My Dad was Mgr. there in early to mid 1950’s.(Frank Andrews) I was 10-14 years old and my older brother once worked in the concession stand. Tina, I knew your Dad, Wave Ballad, Sam Dent and other projectionist. In my mid teens, I checked and repaired speakers for the Skyview, Forest Hills and Hilltop. I was later in radio and recorded the pre-show music audio tapes for a couple of years. And yes, I had a Golden Pass when I started to drive.

arabella1
arabella1 on January 6, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Charles, wasn’t it fun to walk those parking lots and check and repair the speakers. I’m sure my Dad would have remembered your Dad as he worked at Skyview when I was born. Which was 1951. Oops, I’m telling my age! lol…. They use to put me in a basket in the back seat of the car when I was a baby.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 30, 2012 at 3:50 pm

thanks Charles and arabella for the comments,Wave Ballard,Charles was transfered to Columbia 1 and 2 when it closed.

rivest266
rivest266 on February 19, 2012 at 10:44 am

This opened on July 12th, 1949. Grand opening ad posted here.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 3, 2012 at 7:40 pm

thanks for the ad.

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