Sky View Drive-In

1200 Old Route 66 N,
Litchfield, IL 62056

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Sky View Drive-In, Litchfield, IL - 2013

The Litchfield Drive-In was opened around 1949. In June 1950 it was renamed Sky View Drive-In and was operated by the Frisina Amusements Company. It could accomodate 400 cars. It was later operated by Mid-America Theatres. The current owners of the drive-in are Norman and Del Paul.

The Sky View Drive-In has the distinction of being the only drive-in theater still operating along the historic Route 66.

The Sky View Dirive-In’s season runs from approximately early April until the end of October, weather permitting. Until Memorial Day and after Labor Day, the theater is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only. Otherwise, the drive-in is open seven nights a week.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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sawblade5 on December 24, 2005 at 11:19 am

When ever I am in the St. Louis area visiting my sister, this drive-in is one of my main stops on my visit. It is a fun little Drive-In with fairly new movies (the movies I have seen there are about 4 weeks old but not dollar house age yet). The cheap ticket price to get in makes this one a big draw and you would want to get there early to get the best spot and to get your concessions before the movie begins. At the beginning of the Movie they show a 10-Minute Intermission Reel with the Food Circus (this is the same intermission trailer they show at the Boulevard Drive-In in Kansas City). In closing you wouldn’t want to miss this Drive-In if your in the St. Louis or Springfield, IL area.

JeffCarlson on January 7, 2007 at 3:24 pm

This is a great little drive-in that is taken care of quite well. The concession stand is probably one of the best I’ve ever been to. If memory serves they also employ a modern FM broadcast system.

kencmcintyre on November 9, 2007 at 4:43 pm

The marquee seen on this site should be the Sky View. I actually went to the Pig Hip in July 2006 and met the very personable owner. I understand that the Pig Hip was lost in a fire sometime this year.

route66sue on July 20, 2009 at 5:34 pm

ken mc…yes the Pig Hip did burn down and is now completely gone.

bbrown1 on July 7, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Below is link to article (with a nice photo) about recent trip to the Sky View by St Louis Post Dispatch entertainment editor Joe Williams

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NeonMichael on June 29, 2017 at 8:24 am

The 1949-50 Theatre Catalog lists the Litchfield Dr., run by Frisina Amuse. Ct., capacity 750. By the 1952 Catalog, it had changed to the Skyview, capacity 400.

In a Illinois Route 66 video, local historian(?) Walter “Chick” Bishop says the Skyview opened in June 1950. He sounds pretty sure about that.

NeonMichael on June 29, 2017 at 8:27 am

Since March 2016, the Skyview is now owned by two husband-and-wife teams — Nick and Mindy Pastrovich, plus Mike and Debbie Pastrovich. “We plan to run it as a drive-in indefinitely,” Mindy said. That’s the story in Route 66 News.

davidcoppock on June 29, 2017 at 9:49 am

Whats the Pig Hip?

davidcoppock on February 19, 2018 at 7:36 am

It is not the only operating drive-in in Illinois on Route 66, the 66 Drive-in in Springfield, Illinois has reopened.

Norman Plant
Norman Plant on February 21, 2018 at 4:27 pm

The 66 Drive-In in Springfield was demolished back in the ‘80’s. The Route 66 Drive-In in Springfield is the former Green Meadows Drive-In that was dormant for many years by Knights Action Park and reopened. It is not located on the former Route 66 as it goes through Springfield. The Sky View in Litchfield is the only active Drive-In on Route 66 through Illinois.

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