Skylark Drive-In

1323 Trunk Road,
Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 6X6

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Skylark Drive-In

Opened on July 5, 1954 with Dan Dailey in “Meet Me at the Fair”. It was closed on September 5, 1984. Was reopened in 2000 then closed at the end of the season in 2012 when the land owner wouldn’t extend the lease.

Currently (in 2013) being developed as a solar farm. The screen was still standing (in a dilapidated state) in 2022.

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Trolleyguy on August 5, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Some pictures can be seen here:

50sSNIPES on June 23, 2023 at 10:31 pm

The Skylark Drive-In is the second drive-in theater to open in the Canadian side of Sault Sainte Marie, the only drive-in in the area being locally operated, and was the first in Northern Ontario to have widescreen installation in a drive-in theater, opening on July 5, 1954 with Dan Dailey in “Meet Me At The Fair” along with two shorts “Get Rich Quick” and “Mad About Moonshine”, an unnamed cartoon, and a newsreel. Exactly two days after the grand opening, the management of the Skylark apologizes in front of the Sault Star due to possible shorter attendance than what they’re expecting but they still continued with its run of the grand opening attraction for one more day.

Both the Skylark Drive-In and the nearby Soo Drive-In closed for the final time on September 5, 1984.

50sSNIPES on June 24, 2023 at 12:52 pm

Correction: The Skylark closed on September 2, 1984, not September 5. The Soo Drive-In also closed that same day.

Kenmore on June 24, 2023 at 9:39 pm

As of August 2022, the screen appears to be standing. Although it is in poor shape.

50sSNIPES on June 25, 2023 at 8:09 am

The husband-and-wife team of Willie and Julie Greco reopened the Skylark for the first time since the theater’s September 2, 1984 closure on May 5, 2000. Indeed, it closed after the 2012 season because of the same reason.

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