Sky-Vue Drive-In

3015 S. Dallas Avenue,
Lamesa, TX 79331

583 cars

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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. 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

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onefig
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…

DonRosen
DonRosen on August 20, 2007 at 4:11 am

Looks like a tiny screen.

RobertR
RobertR on August 20, 2007 at 4:19 am

That can’t be the screen it’s too low

DonRosen
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
kencmcintyre on June 26, 2009 at 3:24 am

Here is another view of the screen and marquee:
http://tinyurl.com/l5sqly

Chris1982
Chris1982 on October 9, 2014 at 8:36 am

Address: 3015 S. Dallas Ave., Lamesa, TX 79331, this maps directly to the drive-in.

skyvue
skyvue on November 28, 2015 at 12:25 am

This theatre reportedly was destroyed by fire on Friday, 11/27/2015. Whether it was just the concession stand that burned or also the screen, ticket booth, marquee, etc., the story linked below is not clear about.

http://bit.ly/lamesaskyvue

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on December 3, 2015 at 1:02 am

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

http://www.everythinglubbock.com/news/klbk-news/owners-of-lamesa-drive-in-recount-old-memories-after-fire-destorys-it

malcolmdbc39
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
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?

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