Skyview Drive-In

5700 N. Belt West,
Belleville, IL 62226

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rivest266 on October 27, 2021 at 1:16 pm

Grand opening ad posted.

DavidZornig on January 3, 2020 at 12:28 pm

This June 2019 piece though apparently inaccurate, does have recent photos. The comments has the “corrections”.

MitchWolf on October 16, 2019 at 2:13 pm

The 1981 wind damage of the Skyview Drive In occurred July 20, 1981

MichaelKilgore on June 6, 2019 at 7:24 am

The June 10, 1950 issue of BoxOffice reported, “The Bloomer Amusement Co. has installed an elaborate illuminated sign at the Skyview Drive-In. The sign features a fire-spitting neon rocketship roaring into space. The ship measures 35 feet high and 34 feet wide.” I think they meant that the sign, not the rocket ship, was that big.

MichaelKilgore on June 4, 2019 at 10:53 am

KTVI ran a news video recently promoting the SkyView’s 70th Anniversary with its current owner, Steve Bloomer. It showed off the framed photos in the concession stand, and also had a framed full-page Grand Opening ad. From the date on the top of that newspaper, the SkyView opened on Friday, July 8, 1949.

TomMc11 on March 22, 2018 at 7:32 am

The Google Street Camera car drove through this Drive-In in June of 2017. No 3rd screen.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on April 4, 2013 at 1:57 pm

The Skyview has now been converted to digital projection on both screens. Still no news on when they’re building that 3rd screen, though.

bbrown1 on April 1, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Don’t forget the Starlite Drive In in Cadet MO, which reopened last year after being closed for a couple of years. They haven’t yet reopened for the season, but hopefully will soon.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on April 1, 2011 at 11:03 am

Dang…2 years, huh? Bummer. Wonder if Belleville is waiting on the DL to buy Bloomer out…which would mean THE END of the St. Louis area drive-in movie experience.

bbrown1 on March 31, 2011 at 5:55 pm

In answer to the above question, not this year, due to delays in the demolition of the Quad:

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Chris Utley
Chris Utley on March 29, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Anyone know if Screen 3 has been built or when it’ll be opened?

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on November 18, 2010 at 10:03 am

If you include the land from the Quad, there’s room enough to fit 4 screens in there! Can’t wait to see the finished product next time I’m in St. Louis.

CSWalczak on June 23, 2010 at 7:16 pm

The City of Belleville is contributing half the cost of demolishing the Quad Cinema; the Skyview now has to remain open for at least ten years, or the Skyview owner will have to reimburse the city for these half costs. There is an article with video here: View link

CSWalczak on June 23, 2010 at 10:26 am

A third screen has been approved, to be built on adjacent property currently occupied by the defunct Quad Cinema: View link

bbrown1 on July 1, 2009 at 5:33 pm

At the links below are two newspaper articles about the Skyview celebrating it’s 60th birthday this month:

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kencmcintyre on June 25, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Here is a close-up of the marquee from 2007:

bbrown1 on March 27, 2009 at 6:28 pm

Despite the threat of the Skyview being closed in 2007, it is opening for it’s 60th season tonight.

bbrown1 on June 8, 2008 at 7:06 pm

I am happy to report that The Skyview has reopened for another season!

bbrown1 on June 8, 2008 at 7:05 pm

I am happy to report that The Skyvview has reopened for another season!

bbrown1 on August 13, 2007 at 7:32 pm

There was an article in the BELLEVILLE NEWS DEMOCRAT this week that the owner of the Skyview is entertaining offers to sell the drive in property along with the now closed walk in theaters next door. He states the drive in is still profitable, but that the estimated value of the property is about 2.2 million dollars, which would be hard to turn down. There has also been outpouring of letters to the newspaper’s website, pleading with him to keep drive in open.

gripplinger on June 5, 2006 at 2:58 pm

More memories! I was Asst. Manager and Projectionist at the Skyview D.I. throughout the 80’s and this was drive-in fun at it’s best! O, the movies we played there! Operated, and still is, by the great Bloomer Amusement Company, a group I worked with for many pleasurable years. I was there when a tornado took out the main screen in the 80’s – it was incredible to watch the new screen go up! I am so happy to see the drive-in is still successfully operating and owned by the same group of people! I only wish I could be there to enjoy the fun of the drive-in!

JediMaster on June 15, 2004 at 7:48 pm

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