Mile-Hi Drive-In

CY Avenue and Fairgrounds Road,
Casper, WY 82604

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Mile-Hi - Casper, WY

The Skyline Drive-In was opened April 23, 1949. By 1955 it was operated by E.J. Schulte and Russell Schulte and Gibraltar Enterprises Inc. It had a capacity for 400 cars. It was abandoned in the early-1960’s.

On April 2, 1969 it was taken over by Commonwealth Theatres and reopened with John Wayne in “Hellfighters”. The car capacity was increased to 600 cars, and the name changed to Mile-Hi Drive-In. The drive had a playground for children.

The Mile-Hi Drive-In was closed September 22, 1985 with Michael J. Fox in “Teen Wolf” & Val Kilmer in “Real Genious”.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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rivest266
rivest266 on January 13, 2018 at 1:40 pm

This opened as Skyline Drive-In on April 23rd, 1949.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on October 30, 2018 at 8:27 am

Opened with “Hellfighters”

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on September 19, 2019 at 12:35 pm

I wonder whether this drive-in changed its name before or after it opened. From Boxoffice, April 2, 1949: “CASPER, WYO. – April 10 has been set as the opening date for the Adams Drive-In, located near the fairgrounds. At present the theatre is about 60 per cent complete, Robert Adams, head of the enterprise, reported. Finishing touches and installation of equipment are all that remains to be done. The drive-in is owned by Allen and his brothers who also plan to operate an outdoor theatre in Rawlins.”

The opening date lines up with the nameless Boxoffice note three weeks later on April 23, “Robert Adams has opened a 640-car drive-in at Casper, Wyo., with new Motiograph booth equipment, sound and Service Theatre Supply car speakers, sold by Ted Knox”

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on June 10, 2020 at 8:12 am

Under construction, April 1968 photo credit Chuck Morrison Collection. Courtesy Western History Center at Casper College. Appears to show possible previous signage. Construction sign promoting 750 Cars, which may or may not have happened.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on June 12, 2020 at 10:38 am

Opened on 23/4/1949 with a short(“Flying south”) and “Nightmare Alley”. Also opened on ¾/1969 with “Angel in my pocket”.

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