Sky-Way Drive-In

Willamina-Sheridan Highway & SW Rock Creek Road,
Sheridan, OR 97378

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Small drive-in with around 250 car capacity located on Highway 18 between Sheridan-Willamina Highway, Oregon was part of a 4 theater chain with theaters in Willamina, Sheridan & Grand Ronde.

Closed after the 1965 season, it was demolished in 1966.

Contributed by Chas Springer

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 3, 2010 at 4:52 pm

I think this is my first Drive-in in Oregon.You are right it parked 250 cars and i have it owned in 1956 by W.H.Hibbert.

chspringer
chspringer on May 3, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Mr. Hibbert owned the 4 theater chain and operated them through the 50s, then retired and started leasing them out. I ran the Hi-Way during the winter/spring of ‘63/64 and then the drive-in summer of '64. Fun theaters to operate but no money to be made :–(

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 4, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Never heard of a rich theatre manager,I think we all did it for the love of the business.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 5, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Very true Mike.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on May 8, 2010 at 9:45 pm

I followed Highway 18 from Sherdian to Willamina on the Gooogle Satellite Photo and could find no sign of a demolished drive-in, anyone know the exact address or crossroad?

Did Mr. Hibbert have anything to do with McMinnville Ammusement Company?

chspringer
chspringer on May 8, 2010 at 10:24 pm

McMinnville Amusement was owned by Robert J. Mattecheck who had retired before I started working at the Mack theater. Bill Hibbert did not have anything to do McMinnville. He owned and worked his farm full time and ran the theaters on the side. After the theaters closed or were leased out, he continued farming until his death of a heart attack.
It’s been too many years since I’ve been in the area but I think the Sky-Way was located on the Sheridan-Willamina Highway (18) at the intersection of Pittman Road. Since the lot was never paved it would be overgrown by grass now or other structures built on the property. With the screen tower and reader board gone only the concession building might still be there.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on May 11, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Chas, thanks for, the info. I looked at the Google photo where Pittman hits 18 and you sure can’t see any sign of a drive-in, how sad.

chspringer
chspringer on May 11, 2010 at 9:34 pm

My error. The theater was located at the corner of Highway 18 and Rock Creek Road. The box office was off of Rock Creek with reader board on 18. I looked at google maps and see that there is some kind of industrial enterprise now on the property with all signs of the drive in gone.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on May 19, 2010 at 9:57 pm

PLEASE CHANGE ADDRESS TO:

WILLAMINA-SHERIDAN HWY & SW ROCK CREEK ROAD.

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