Sky-Hi Drive-In

385 E. Roosevelt Road,
Villa Park, IL 60181

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Sky-Hi Drive-In

Located in Villa Park, to the south of Elmhurst. IL. The Sky-Hi Drive-In opened July 2, 1948 with Van Johnson in The Bride Goes Wild". It had space for 450 cars. It was demolished in the late-1960’s.

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KMcE on December 19, 2008 at 3:51 am

The Side of the screen that faced York Road had a neon star and crescent moon. I worked there at the concession stand in the summer of ‘64.
Elm Skate where Tony Tahlman played a killer organ was across the street.

KMcE on December 19, 2008 at 3:54 am

This comment posted about the Sky-Hi in Addison, IL refers the the Sky-Hi in Elmhurst:
“The Jelmek family pioneered in the drive-in theater business when they built the original Ski Hi Drive-In theater in Elmhurst 20 years ago. The original theater was taken by the state for highway purposes.
posted by ken mc on Dec 7, 2008 at 8:32pm”

vicboda on October 2, 2009 at 8:18 pm

Going to the Sky-Hi was such a treat. We went in our pajamas and I remember it being so beautiful. Of course when you’re a kid…

jwmovies on November 28, 2012 at 7:17 am

Above address does not map properly. Use 385 East Roosevelt Road, now in Oak Brook, IL 60181 as this is approx. where the drive-in was located.

SkyHiGuy on March 22, 2015 at 1:17 pm

Just wish to clarify, the family who built Sky Hi was named Jelinek, not Jelmek. It was my grandparents and Uncle who started it all. They also built and operated the Dundale in Dundee as well. The Theatre stood where the Drury Lane now stands. They then built the Sky-Hi Twin in Addison which opened in 1968. It was state of the art being a twin screen and was completely asphalted as well. That theater closed after the season of 1985.

rivest266 on November 15, 2016 at 1:08 am

July 2nd, 1948 grand opening ad in the photo section.

50sSNIPES on September 18, 2022 at 4:00 pm

Demolished in the late 1960s.

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