Skyway Drive-In

480 Tennessee 62,
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

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Skyway Drive-In

According to, the Skyway Drive-In opened in 1944 and closed in 1983, and had space for 500 cars.

I went there once, in the mid-1970’s, and saw the horror double feature of “Schlock” and “The Baby”. I remember it being very large, with a very big screen. It was on the left side of the old Oak Ridge Highway, just at the edge of Oak Ridge if you were coming from Knoxville (which I was).

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on January 14, 2011 at 4:00 pm



That’s a better address than Oak Ridge Highway.

More info and photos are always welcome.

CSWalczak on January 14, 2011 at 6:25 pm

There is a picture of this drive-in on its gallery page at

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 14, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Skyway drive-in I have in my 1956 Motion picture Almanac parks 175 cars.Which is WAY off the 500 mentioned above. It was owned by W.J.Hatfield. Playing Sept. 18 1967 was Roddy McDowell and Susanne Pleshette in “THE ADVENTURE OF BULLWHIP GRIFFIN” one show only at 8:15.Most all the other Knoxville area drive-ins were running Two movies.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 14, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Sept 24 1967 and the Skyway has James Caan in “REDLINE 7000” and David Janssen in"WARNING SHOT" starting that Wednesday was “THE WAR WAGON” and “FLUFFY”. The Skyway Drive in was one mile North of Fountain City,Tn.

bbrown1 on January 15, 2011 at 1:25 am

Those are two different Skyway Drive-In’s, Mike. 175 cars sounds about right for Knoxville’s Skyway, but Oak Ridge’s Skyway was huge.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 18, 2011 at 12:56 am

Thanks bbrown1 I later noticed two Skyways in the Knoxville area.Can’t believe Newport ,Tn. only 4 – plex closed.Nothing in that town now.

bbrown1 on January 21, 2011 at 2:26 am

According to an article in “The Oak Ridger”, the Skyway actually opened on April 4, 1946. The Sagebrush Restaurant and a Kroger parking lot occupy the space today.

memilr on November 5, 2013 at 2:33 am

What was the name of the drive-up in Solway on the river bank? It was on the right as you came off the old bridge. When the river is low, you can still see the hills where you parked. I think it was closed because they raised the river level on Melton Hill Lake. I can remember going to some movies there in the early to mid sixties.

tntim on January 25, 2014 at 3:14 am

Memilr, the drive-in that was on the river was the Solway Drive-In.

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