Sky-Vue Drive-In

S. Dallas Avenue & S. Elgin Avenue,
Lamesa, TX 79331

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Sky-Vue Drive-In

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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.

Contributed by Don Lewis

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Seth on August 29, 2004 at 8:56 pm

I spent the night in Lamesa, and my friend and I had to pick between the drive in and high school football. Should have watched the movie, Lamesa got stomped. I can’t believe this is the only drive-in in the area. It’s perfect drive-in terrain (so flat you can see the next county seat’s water tower as you leave town), and there’s very little rain.

onefig on March 16, 2005 at 10:13 pm

Here’s a little Sky-Vue anecdote for all.

I asked my mother about her experience singing for the crowd at the Sky-Vue, and this is an excerpt from my mother’s reply:

“I talked to Patsie [my aunt] yesterday and she remembered a few things about our "debut” at the Sky-Vue.  She said we sang there in June of 1949. 

I remember I wore a pique green and white dress and she remembers she wore a red dress with white stitching that she had made.  She said her date had on a white fuzzy shirt that shed on her red dress.  Guess that means she was sitting close to him on the drive to Lamesa.  The only song we can remember singing was “Blue Skirt Waltz."  We stood on the roof of the snack bar or the ramp house as they called it. 

She thinks Skeet Noret knew about us from a Lion’s Club Convention, when we represented the Seagraves Lions Club.  They gave us a rhinestone necklace and earrings with “Lions Club Sweethearts” on it.    I still have them.  Funny they could only muster up one pair.  Patsie thinks Skeet must have been there and that’s why he asked us to sing.  I wondered how he got in touch with us, since we had no telephone.  Who knows?

She and I both think we might have sung “Truck Driver’s Blues”, but we can’t be sure.  Gosh, that was so long ago.  She said the new drive in being built in Lubbock is out on the Clovis highway."

My mother is Marjore Chronister, and my aunt is Patsie Ross Milosevich. At the time they sang, they were Patsie and Marjore Scales. They grew up on a farm in Wellman, and moved to Lubbock for college. My uncles went to LHS and Tech as well, although no record exists of them singing at the Sky-Vue. Knowing their personalities, though, I’m sure each of them spent some time at the drive in, in either the front or back seat…

DonLewis on March 24, 2005 at 2:03 pm

Hey dsnewton. Thanks for sharing. I am sure Skeet will remember, he is an exceptional individual. I will be talking to him soon. I know Wellman because I graduated Brownfield High in 1969 and lived in Lubbock the next 27 years.

Thanks again! Talk to you later.


DonRosen on August 20, 2007 at 4:11 am

Looks like a tiny screen.

RobertR on August 20, 2007 at 4:19 am

That can’t be the screen it’s too low

DonRosen on August 20, 2007 at 1:44 pm

Yeah, I think the movie shows on the top 2/3 and the bottom third must be painted black. I love that “in color” neon on the marquee.

kencmcintyre on June 26, 2009 at 3:24 am

Here is another view of the screen and marquee:

jwmovies on November 28, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Above address does not properly. Use S Dallas Ave & S Elgin Ave. This is just south of the drive-in.

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