Sky Vue Drive-In

3066 Independence Avenue,
Waterloo, IA 50703

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Previously operated by: Central States Theatres Corp

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Sky Vue Drive-In

The Sky Vue Drive-In was the second drive in to open in Waterloo. It opened July 25, 1950 with Dan Dailey in “Give My Regards to Broadway”. It closed in the late-1980’s and was demolished.

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kencmcintyre on January 15, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Here is a June 1975 ad from the Waterloo Courier:

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 23, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Rod, it was owned by Midwest Drive-in Theatres and parked 435 cars.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 23, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Thanks for the ad Ken Mc. “FRENCH CONNECTION 2” not too good of a film,bet it did bad business there.

rivest266 on July 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm

July 25th, 1950 grand opening ad uploaded here.

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Drive-In 54 on July 24, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Goggle Earth from 1994. It is just a empty field now, just waiting for somebody to build the new SkyVue on it!! If only..

rivest266 on January 24, 2018 at 3:27 pm

Grand opening ad:

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MichaelKilgore on April 8, 2021 at 9:35 am

Boxoffice, Aug. 14, 1954: “WATERLOO, IOWA - The Central States Theatre Corp. of Des Moines, headed by Myron Blank, recently purchased the controlling interest in two local drive-ins, the SkyVue and the Starlite, from Philip E. Winslow. The other owner, S. A. Oellerich, will keep his minority interest and continue as manager of the two airers.”

dansdriveintheater on April 8, 2021 at 11:00 am

only the ramps remain sadly! please update!

MichaelKilgore on May 3, 2021 at 12:29 pm

Boxoffice, Nov. 19, 1955: “Stephen A. Oellerich has sold his interests in the Starlite and Skyvue drive-ins to the Central States Theatre Corp., effective December 1. The Starlite was built in the summer of 1947 by Oellerich and Philip E. Winslow - the first drive-in in Iowa. Two years later they built the 600-car Skyvue on the east side of Waterloo. Central States purchased Winslow’s interests in both theatres in June 1954.”

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