Monday, June 21, 2010

Belleville's Skyview Drive-In Bucks the Trend; Attempts to Expand

Posted By on Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 2:43 PM

click to enlarge The Skyview: In business since 1949. - WWW.DRIVE-INS.COM
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  • The Skyview: In business since 1949.
Who said the drive-in theater is a dying industry these days?

Okay, this website did. It tracks the ever-declining number of outdoor cinemas in the United States.

But don't share these dire predictions with the owners of the St. Louis region's only drive-in, the Skyview Theatre in Belleville. As reported this week, the theater is in talks to raze a nearby indoor cinema to make way for a third outdoor screen.

Classic Car Night '05 - SKY VIEW DRIVE-IN
  • Sky View Drive-In
  • Classic Car Night '05

The Skyview is one of only 26 drive-ins in Missouri and Illinois, and the only one easily reached by St. Louisans. According to drive-ins.com only 405 drive-ins existed in 2007 -- a tenth of the total number noted during their peak year, 1958.

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