Sky-Vue Drive-In

2855 Park Avenue,
Memphis, TN 38016

750 cars

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Sky-Vue Drive-In

Located in Midtown in the Orange Mound neighborhood of Memphis. The Sky-Vue Drive-In opened in June 1949, and was built and operated by Dave Lebovitz and his brother Abner Lebovitz. It had a capacity for 750 cars, and apparently there was a heavy walk-in patronage, as 700 seats were provided in front of the screen. There was concession stand in the base of the screen, as well as one in the centre of the lot. Another facility was a playground.

Closed in 1970. The Sky-Vue Drive-In was actually an ‘in-town’ drive-in. Much of the neighbourhood where it was located was developed before 1949. At the edge of a ‘colored’ neighbourhood, it was built for white patrons.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 4, 2010 at 12:30 am

Ken, I have Harold Roth owning this Drive-in in the late fifties.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on September 4, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Do you know about where this was located? (Which “main highway” ?)

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 4, 2010 at 2:42 pm

The original operator at opening was H.H. Roth of the Sky-Vue Theatre Corp. Hoping someone local will know which ‘main highway’ it was located on.

vastor on November 5, 2012 at 10:53 pm

It was later operated by Dave Lebovitz along with three indoor and two other drive-in theatres. All served the “colored” community.
Park Avenue has no highway number although it is an important thorofare. It begins at a fork from Lamar Ave. and veers in another direction. The fork is near South Parkway and Park Avenue stretches from midtown Memphis to the border of Germantown at which time it changes its name to Poplar Pike and continues east for a long way thereafter.

vastor on November 24, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Some sources indicate that it also operated under the name Skyline Drive-In.

kellab on August 23, 2016 at 5:57 pm

I used to live on Beverly street right behind the drive in. It was surrounded by vacant fields back then. As kids we would walk thru the fields after dark and crawl under the fence. We’d grab a speaker off the stand and sit on the ground to watch the movie. Never got caught. The entrance was off Park Ave. between Pendleton and Haynes. Played on the playground many times. Later as a teenager, me and my best friend would double date there. That would have been back in 1961-64. Good memories.

Kenmore on August 23, 2016 at 6:15 pm

Today, Melrose High School sits on the property, but you can still see the old entrance road, some of the ramps, and the foundation for the marquee.

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