5700 N. Belt West,
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Skyview Drive-In (Official)
Operated by: Theater Group Inc.
Previously operated by: B-A-C Theatres
Functions: Movies (First Run)
News About This Theater
- May 3, 2011 — Five new screens coming to Belleville
- Jul 7, 2010 — Skyview Drive-in in Belleville adding third screen
The Skyview Drive-In opened on July 8, 1949, with the film “On Our Merry Way” starring Paulette Goddard. It could accommodate 900 cars and had 200 seats for walk-in patrons. It was (and still is) part of the Bloomer family chain of theatres (BAC Theatres). It was only one of two drive-ins that the family actually built, along with the Cahokia in Alorton.
The 60-foot screen was destroyed in a 1955 storm and replaced by a 115-foot one, which was supposedly the largest in the Midwest at that time.
In addition to movies, the Skyview Drive-In offered a kiddie playground with pony rides, miniature train rides and a small Ferris wheel. Another storm on July 20, 1981 damaged the 115-ft wide screen, and it was replaced by a somewhat smaller one. A second screen was built not long afterward, making the drive-in a twin. The Skyview installed a radio sound system in 1995.
The theatre’s season runs from April-November, and it is now the only remaining drive-in still in operation in the St. Louis region. By 2020 it was operated by the Theater Group Inc. chain.
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