Skyview Drive-In

2286 Lee Highway,
Marion, VA 25354

100 cars

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Originally the Skyview Drive-In was built at the corner of US 11 and Adwolfe Road. It was opened around 1949. It was demolished to make way for the construction of I-81. It was relocated a few hundred yards away on the new US 11. Car capacity was listed at 100.

The drive-in closed in 1988 and the marquee and the screen tower were preserved by an Equipment Company building its showroom in the base of the screen tower.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 26, 2011 at 4:06 pm

In 1956 I have it parking 281 cars and owned by Chitwood and Branscome.

NeonMichael on November 9, 2017 at 2:58 pm

The Skyview’s first appearance in the Theatre Catalog was the 1949-50 edition, Exec: Moir Branscome and Howard Chitwood, no capacity number. For the 1952 edition, the exec was just W. Branscome, capacity 280. In the 1955-56 edition, the exec changed to H. C. Chitwood.

The 1952-55 Motion Picture Almanacs listed it owned by Chitwook (sic) & Branscome, capacity 281. In 1956 it was corrected to Chitwood & Branscome, and it stayed that way through at least 1961. In 1963-66, the owner was Independent Theatres Inc.

The drive-in’s name changed to Skyvue, at least in all the MPA listings after 1976. In the 1978 edition, it was owned by Indep. Thea., capacity 100. The owner in 1980-82 was Shenandoah. The owner in 1984-88 was T. S. Davidson.

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