Skyway Drive-In

1413 Dewitt Avenue E.,
Mattoon, IL 61938

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Skyway Drive-In

The Skyway Drive-In was opened July 30, 1949, and closed in 1984.

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rivest266 on May 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm

I posted the USGS aerial here.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 4, 2012 at 5:20 pm

The 1940s section of a timeline of Mattoon history says that the Skyway Drive-In opened in 1947.

The 1980s section of the timeline says that the Skyway closed in 1984.

dallasmovietheaters on August 7, 2015 at 8:26 pm

Grand opening was July 31, 1949 with the opening film of “Out of the Blue.” Operator M.A. Osborn hoped patrons liked the 40' by 50' screen and had spaces for 500 cars. Mayor G.W. Smith was on hand to help dedicate Mattoon’s first drive-in theatre. Osborn announced the sale of the Skyway at the end of his third season with the Mattoon Theater Company taking it on for 1953. The theater was redone for its grand reopening Easter Sunday, April 5, 1953.

jwmovies on September 16, 2016 at 2:07 am

The address for this drive in was 1413 Dewitt Ave E, Mattoon, IL 61938. Now Matoon Ready Mix Concrete Supply. A couple of ramps are still visible in the back of the property.

Please update.

rivest266 on January 8, 2017 at 2:41 pm

dallasmovietheaters, you are off by one day. It opened on the 30th.

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