Big Sky Drive-In

1167 Crawford Avenue,
Delta, CO 81416

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Big Sky Drive-In

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The Skylite Drive-In was one road down from the Tru-Vu Drive-In. In 1955 it was operated by William Taggert. It was later renamed Big Sky Drive-In. It was closed in the mid-1980’s after Exxon left town and caused an economic collapse.

It is (and was) owned as well as operated by Stan and Jeanne Dewsnup who also have the Egyptian Theatre and the Tru-Vu Drive-In. Jeanne still owns and operates both of the aforementioned as well as the dark Big Sky Drive-In.

She had hoped to reopen the Big Sky Drive-In for years but the land around it eventually developed enough (including a Walmart) that she gave up hope because of all the light pollution the screen would now suffer. The existing screen was built after the old one blew down in the late-1970’s and was covered by the insurance.

The snackbar/booth building was demolished sometime in (I believe) the last decade after vandals had finally destroyed it to the point of being a hopeless liability. The screen and marquee still stand and the property is still as it was in its drive-in days.

Contributed by Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez

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Kenmore
Kenmore on November 22, 2015 at 5:52 am

Found it! The address is 1167 Crawford Ave, Delta, CO and it appears to be mostly intact with the screen and ramps present. http://tinyurl.com/p7bfzzr

NYozoner
NYozoner on December 30, 2016 at 2:06 am

Both Film Daily Yearbook and International Motion Picture Almanac list a Skylite Drive-In, Delta, Colorado, from 1950 to 1970.

Big Sky Drive-In is not listed in any of these catalogs. Both Tru-Vu Drive-In and Skylite Drive-In are listed as the only drive-ins operating in Delta, Colorado, from 1950 to 1970. The Skylite Drive-In appears from 1950-70, while the Tru-Vu Drive-In appears from 1955-70.

HERE is a 1950 aerial photo depicting the Skylite Drive-In at the exact location of what is today known as the Big Sky Drive-In. It can therefore be concluded that the Big Sky Drive-In and the Skylite Drive-In are the same drive-in, and that at some point in its history the name was changed from Skylite to Big Sky.

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