Skyway Drive-In

5988 Airport Road,
Bluefield, WV 24701

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Architects: Alex B. Mahood

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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Skyway Drive-In

Located in the Southern most part of West Virginia in Brush Fork near Bluefield. The Skyway Drive-In served Bluefield with a rather large drive-in parking 600 cars. It opened in September 1948 with Yvonne De Carlo in “Slave Girl”, it was owned by Sam Switow. It was later taken over by Newbold-Keesling and closed in 1980. It was demolished for a strip mall.

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AndyCallahanMajorMajor on November 3, 2010 at 4:53 pm

This one was at about 5988 Airport Road. The Airport Road Shopping Center was built on part of the property, but some of the ramps remain in the rear of the property.

CSWalczak on November 3, 2010 at 10:14 pm

There are two pictures of this theater on its page at

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on November 4, 2010 at 5:04 am



Open ~1950-~1985? Can anyone verify the exact dates?

Owned for it’s entire life by M. Switow & Sons, Enterprises, Inc. of Louisville, Ky. Sam J. Switow, President, they had about 14 theaters.

If you go to the Map you can still tell it was a Drive-In.

Need more info and more photos.

DavidZornig on August 23, 2022 at 6:20 pm

Crisper version photos added credit Mahood Collection, Eastern Regional Coal Archives courtesy Mercer County Historical Society. Identifies the Architect as Alex B. Mahood Sr., operator Don Keesling and Manager Clifton Hill. (Also an Outdoor Drive-In theatre located at Greentree Crossroads in Bluefield that I will add a page for.)

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