5700 N. Belt West,
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The Skyview Drive-In opened on July 8, 1949, with the film “On Our Merry Way”, and could accomodate 900 cars and had 200 seats for walk-in patrons. It was (and still is) part of the Bloomer family chain of theaters (BAC Theatres). It was only one of two drive-ins that the family actually built, along with the Cahokia in Alorton.
The 60-foot screen was destroyed in a 1955 storm and replaced by a 115-foot one, which was supposedly the largest in the Midwest at that time.
In addition to movies, the Skyview offered a kiddie playground with pony rides, miniature train rides and a small Ferris wheel. Another storm in 1981 damaged the 115 screen, and it was replaced by a somewhat smaller one. A second screen was built not long afterward, making the drive-in a twin. The Skyview installed a radio sound system in 1995.
The theater’s season runs from April-November, and it is now the only remaining drive-in still in operation in the St. Louis region.
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