Sky-Vue Drive-In

3015 S. Dallas Avenue,
Lamesa, TX 79331

583 cars

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Sky-Vue Drive-In

Opened in 1948 with a capacity for 583 cars and seating for 320 walk-in patrons. The Sky-Vue Drive-In is open and thriving in the friendly farming community of Lamesa. It is a great 1950’s throwback complete with playground, swings and merry-go-round. Not to be missed is the snack bar ( also open to the public) featuring the “Chihuahua” sandwich, which was originally concieved and introduced by R.A. “Skeet” Noret and his wife, Sarah. They also built and ran the theater for many years and remain active in the movie theater business.

This was one of many successful movie ventures for the Norets. Sadly the concession building of the theatre was destroyed by a fire on November 27, 2015, putting the theatre out of business.

Contributed by Don Lewis

Recent comments (view all 18 comments)

DavidZornig on December 3, 2015 at 1:02 am

Below link has photos and a post fire interview with the owners.

malcolmdbc39 on February 9, 2016 at 2:51 pm

First of all, the snack bar was all that burned. While this was tragic, the screen, the projection booth, the digital projectors, all were untouched by the fire. Now rather the Kirklands rebuild it, time will tell. I think Sam wants to, but he is getting close to retirement age and has a big decision to make. I personally hope he reopens. I grew up going to the Skyview and so did my kids. It was a really fun place with great food.

malcolmdbc39 on February 9, 2016 at 3:16 pm

I have been told by a Lamesa native, that there was another drive in theater north of town. It was torn down when they built the Alco store. Anyone know about this?

jeffreyedling on March 22, 2016 at 9:26 am

I checked the “Mike Rivest Ultimate List of Movie Theaters” site, and two other drive-in theaters were listed for Lamesa, Texas besides the Sky-Vue. The Yucca Drive-In on the Big Springs Highway had the year range ?1950-?1975 listed. The Fiesta Drive-In didn’t have an address listed, but the year range ?1961-?1975 was included. I searched old Topo Maps and found the Yucca Drive-In but not the Fiesta. Where is the Alco store located?

Chris1982 on March 23, 2016 at 5:58 am

Malcolmdbc39 from the photos on the photo page, it look’s as though there is more damage than just to the snack bar

malcolmdbc39 on July 17, 2016 at 7:29 pm

The Alco was North of town.

malcolmdbc39 on July 17, 2016 at 7:34 pm

Just read in the newspaper, the Kirklands don’t own the land the theater was built on, just the structures themselfs. The land owner does not want to renew the lease for the land so it looks like death for this theater. Probably build another Walmart there.

NYozoner on April 7, 2017 at 1:59 am

FDY and IMPA both list a Fiesta Drive-In, Lamesa, TX, from 1957 to 1970. Sky Vu Drive-In and Yucca Drive-In are also listed, so there appears to have been three drive-ins operating in Lamesa.

dansdriveintheater on March 7, 2019 at 8:15 pm

typed alco stores in la mesa tx into the google maps bar which lead to a dollar general which was next to an auto zone which has vacant land behind the auto zone which appears to have the faint remnants of ramps and the general drive-in shape. hover i can’t find any ecidence that was ever a drive-in here. this is that address.

2001 Lubbock Hwy, Lamesa, TX 79331

Kris4077 on March 8, 2019 at 7:06 pm

@dansdriveintheater the lot next door has the drive in shape also. If it was a drive-in theater it may have been a twin.

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