Sky-Hi Drive-In

3110 Old Highway 63,
Columbia, MO 65201

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Previously operated by: Commonwealth Amusement Corp.

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Sky-Hi Drive-In

The Sky-Hi Drive-In was located at 3110 (old) Highway 63. With a capacity of 700 cars and a playground in front of the 105'x 50' screen, the fare ranged from westerns to horror to sci-fi.

Opened on June 30, 1965 with Glenn Ford in “The Rounders” & George Maharis in “Quick, Before It Melts”. It closed in 1985 it was demolished around 1990. It featured an enormous air conditioned snack bar.

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Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

Samuel56 on September 30, 2011 at 11:23 am

Once again, Google Maps lies. The map at the upper right is incorrect. Their map for the Broadway Drive-In Theater on West Broadway in Columbia was incorrect as well. I have adjusted the street level views for this and the Broadway Drive-In. This one now correctly shows the old entrance to the Sky-Hi. The one lane in/one lane out entrance is used by the landscaping and garden center that occupies the space where the theater was located. The sign shown in the photo by lostmemory (earlier comment above), was located basically where the landscape company sign is shown on Google street level view-right between the two lanes. I was a student at Mizzou in the early 80s and spent many a weekend night here with some good friends and good (smuggled in) beer!

MichaelKilgore on June 3, 2020 at 8:00 am

The Sky-Hi opened on June 30, 1965, based on an article in the Columbia Missourian on Feb. 18, 1966. It cost more than $175,000 to build and held 750 cars. “Each spearpost is lighted to make parking easier,” and electric in-car heaters let it extend its season. Manager Richard Ytell said the biggest problem in its opening months was that “many people still do not know the Sky-Hi’s location on Old 63.”

rivest266 on December 16, 2023 at 10:07 am

Grand opening ad posted.

50sSNIPES on February 27, 2024 at 9:43 am

The actual closing date is September 14, 1985.

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