Skyline Drive-In

3986 E. Michigan Road,
Shelbyville, IN 46176

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Skyline Drive-In

The Shelby Drive-In opened Memorial Weekend 1950 (June 6, 1950) with Gary Cooper in “Good Sam”. It was closed in the 1960’s. In 1971 it was reopened as a new location for the Skyline Drive-In. Runs RCA Brenkert and ORC platter. Running double features Friday nights until end of October then closing for season. Shows a cartoon short before the feature.

Contributed by Mike Richardson

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 16, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Yes, my 1956 motion Picture Almanac has a Shelby and Skyline Drive-ins open in the Fifties.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on August 9, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Here is the story..The Shelby Drive-In and Skyline were open at the same time. When the Shelby closed the Skyline moved to the Shelby location. This is not original location of the Skyline DI.

KenLayton on August 9, 2013 at 6:07 pm

The font used for “Skyline” sure reminds me of the 1960’s. ;)

Chris1982 on September 21, 2014 at 4:19 am

From Their Website: We have successfully converted to the new required digital projection system…thank you for your support! We welcome your future gifts, and ask for your continued support toward our new monthly obligations. Please attend the Skyline when you can, advertise with us, or donate if you wish.

NeonMichael on July 26, 2017 at 6:06 pm

The Skyline opened on Memorial Day Weekend 1950, built by Robert Wilcox and a partner just after he left the Air Force, and has been in continuous operation since, according to its YouTube video.

Various sources say that Joe (Joey?) Gaudin (Goddin? Gautin?) is the owner, some say co-owner along with Matt Masters. Indianapolis Monthly wrote that Gaudin bought it “from the original owners” in 2009. But I doubt that.

Here’s part of a photo caption about Shelbyville’s indoor Strand from Panoramio, which is closing soon so I’ll paste it here: It opened for movies in March, 1916. William C. Meloy was the owner. Mr. Meloy passed away in 1938. His sons ran it until 1951 when they sold it to the Switow Brothers of Louisville, KY. About 1973, the theatre changed hands again. By this time, the Switows had changed the name to Cinema. This time the DeWitt family became the owners.

That parallels my references' Skyline owners. Robert Wilcox was listed as owner in 1952. S. J. Switow is listed as the Skyline’s owner in 1959. E. Dewitt was the owner in 1982-88.

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