Skyway Drive-In

70375 Main Road,
Greenport, NY 11944

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Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on June 25, 2014 at 8:57 pm

Yep..Kerry Segrave’s book “Drive-in Theaters A History from Their Inception in 1933” is pretty good also.

robboehm
robboehm on June 25, 2014 at 8:13 pm

But I trust you are familiar with the book. I actually ordered mine online from Walmart.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on June 25, 2014 at 5:33 pm

No I have not. Sometimes my source’s are back issues of old newspapers There is alot of the small town drive-ins that not on CT. I’m working on Hutchinson, KS drive-ins now.

robboehm
robboehm on June 25, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Really. I notice it’s not listed on the NY Drive In site. As a Drive In person have you ever crossed checked all the Drive Ins mentioned in The American Drive-In Movie Theatre by Don and Susan Sanders to see if they’re all on Cinema Treasures? I checked the ones from the Lost Broadway Theaters book.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on June 25, 2014 at 5:13 pm

Drive-in.com? You need to becareful on that one.

robboehm
robboehm on June 25, 2014 at 5:10 pm

On the Drive In site. I think they said 600 cars.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on June 25, 2014 at 5:07 pm

Where did you see or heard about it at?

robboehm
robboehm on June 25, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Tried phone books, newspapers the public library, people who lived there. Needless to say some of the information on that site, or any other, can be questionable.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on June 25, 2014 at 4:53 pm

Good luck in finding it.

robboehm
robboehm on June 25, 2014 at 4:39 pm

If you look at the photos section in the reference made by Drive-in 54 there is information from the Peconic Bay Shopper. They did a subsequent followup article, too. That site shows a drive In in Centereach, NY. I, a theatre nut, do not remember it nor can I find reference to it anywhere else.

robboehm
robboehm on June 25, 2014 at 10:29 am

According to a Greenport time line the Sky Way opened in 1950.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on December 1, 2012 at 1:28 am

Uploaded aerial from 1960

Address is: 70375 Main Road Greenport, NY

robboehm
robboehm on November 30, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Address can’t be too far off the Google picture is of the marquee which is now used by the church.

jwmovies
jwmovies on November 30, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Above address is WAY off. Approx. location for this drive-in was next to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church @ 71305 Main Road.

jvbynon
jvbynon on June 6, 2011 at 12:41 am

My father was the manager of this Sky Way in the 1960’s until his death in 1973! So many good memories…I was looking for photos,as I have none.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 18, 2011 at 5:56 pm

in 1956 it held 400 cars and was owned by Associated Prudential.

robboehm
robboehm on November 25, 2010 at 10:32 am

There is a followup to the October article in the November issue of the Peconic Bay Shopper. The cover shows the screen. In addition to a few more rememberances they have printed a copy of the Prudential Eastern LI Theatre Guide for one week in 1958. That, itself, is a treasure.

robboehm
robboehm on October 22, 2010 at 8:43 pm

The Peconic Bay Shopper for October, a local monthly publication available free, for October 2010 has an article about the Skyway as part of it’s preserving North Fork (Long Island) history. For those not in the area you can view this issue by going to:
academyprintingservices.com/peconic_bay_shopper and excercise the prompt to pull up the October issue. The article contains general information about the development of drive-ins and the specifics of the creation of this, the second on Long Island, after the Sunrise in Valley Stream, by local individuals, the later sale to Prudential and some rememberances. There are a number of pictures of the construction, but they really just show open land, no real construction or the final product. CT doesn’t give the ability to report the number of auto spaces in the formal heading but the article indicates weekend shows would draw 400 to 600 cars. That, figuring the location, is phenominal!

robboehm
robboehm on February 23, 2009 at 1:41 pm

The Skyway was small and seasonal. Remember, past it’s early days of fishing Greeport is a summer community. Even the current hard top closes after Labor day.

wally 75
wally 75 on August 18, 2007 at 4:37 am

I WENT BY LAST WEEKEND ON MY WAY TO GREENPORT..STILL THE SAME….
OVERGROWN….STILL HAS A DRIVE IN FOOT PRINT…
WHEN I WAS MGR. OF RIVOLI NYC..I USE TO SPEND MY SUMMER DAYS OFF
IN SOUTHHOLD..WAS MY CHANCE TO CATCH UP ON FILMS THAT DIDN’T PLAY AT
RIVOLI…

rcdt55b
rcdt55b on December 8, 2004 at 10:47 pm

Yes, the theater sign is still up. Just covered with a church sign. The entrance is all overgrown.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on October 14, 2004 at 10:18 pm

The theater sign was still up as of a few years ago when i passed it may stillbe there.

RobertR
RobertR on October 14, 2004 at 2:58 pm

This is one drive-In I never heard of. What a shame the place got torn down for no reason.