Skyview Drive-In

675 Decatur Highway,
Fultondale, AL 35068

600 cars

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Previously operated by: Cobb Theatres, Waters Theater Co.

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Skyview - Fultondale, AL

Built by Waters Theatres and opening on May 27, 1956 with Burt Lancaster in “The Rose Tattoo”. The Skyview Drive-In was located two miles north of Birmingham, AL, on Highway 31. It held 600 cars on nine ramps, equipment by Century, Strong, Projection Optics, Dixie Neon and RCA. Another online source reports it was taken over by Cobb Theatres in 1969 and closed in 1972.

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Kenmore on May 14, 2018 at 1:06 pm

A closer address (at least for Google) is 675 Decatur Hwy, Fultondale, AL. The drive-in can be clearly seen in in a 1970 aerial. A 1977 aerial shows the property to be closed.

Today, the property is partially covered by a new on-ramp to HWY 31 and the rest is an overgrown field. The projection booth/concession stand appears to still be there, although in bad condition.

rivest266 on April 13, 2022 at 3:26 am

This opened on May 27th, 1956. Grand opening ad posted.

Backseater on August 11, 2022 at 2:58 pm

I saw Jayne Mansfield in the original “Promises! Promises!” first-run in 1963 at the SkyView. I think it played there because it was the northernmost drive-in theater in the Birmingham area and was either outside of city jurisdiction or just too out-of-the-way to bother with. There was also a preview for “Two Thousand Maniacs” (1964), the first Gore-fest movie from Hershell Gordon Lewis and Birmingham native schlockmeister David F. Friedman. Years later going to and from Memphis, I frequently drove up and down I-65 past the SkyView. There was very little left of it but the projection/concession stand building, and you could see the big holes in the front wall where they had taken the projectors out.

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