Last updated 9/21/08.
2008 Drive-In Movie Tour coverage
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NEW POST Skyvue Drive-In Theater (New Castle, Indiana): On September 13, 2008 the second stop on the 2008 Movie Tour was the Skyvue Drive-In which you might remember from the 2006 visit. Last time I didn't get any photos of the snack bar interior, and this is one not to be missed. On this evening, they were showing two movies "House Bunny" and "Death Race". The first movie was silly. We pretty much tolerated the semi-funny and predictable "House Bunny" to get to the best movie which was a racing and crashing action thriller called "Death Race". This was their last movie of the season.|
CLICK-> [an error occurred while processing this directive] NEW POST The big screen faces west. Surrounded by cornfields, visitors are often treated to a spectacular sunset before showtime. The Skyvue offers a soundtrack broadcast on FM radio or speakers on some of the poles. This place is certainly well-kept. Notice how most of the poles are vertical. At lesser venues, many poles get knocked sideways and are left that way forever. Photo by theater staff.
CLICK-> [an error occurred while processing this directive] NEW POST The snack bar area is large. It is packed full of drive-in memorabilia. I like to stand in line and look at the old stuff hanging on the walls. It helps pass the time while waiting in the food line. Many of the nostalgic items came from ebay and other sources.
CLICK-> [an error occurred while processing this directive] NEW POST A good crowd is always on hand. On one end of the snack bar, they have a drawing box for prizes. At the entrance ticket window, they give you a blank entry form. Drop it in the box at the end of the snack bar line. Then listen for your name to be called over the speaker system for a delicious food prize. Mmm! Photo by theater staff.
CLICK-> [an error occurred while processing this directive] NEW POST This is an older photo. It shows the theater announcer inside the projection room. He is announcing the winners of food prizes on the PA system. Photo by theater staff.
CLICK-> [an error occurred while processing this directive] NEW POST This is a view of the Skyvue theater lot before any of the cars showed up for the evening's entertainment. The building is the same design as another local drive-in, the Ski-Hi which is north of Muncie. The Ski-Hi closed the summer that "The 40 Year-Old Virgin" came out. I was there for their last show when Ski-Hi closed in 2005. Let's hope the Skyvue never meets the same fate.
CLICK-> [an error occurred while processing this directive] NEW POST From the snack bar, you can see through an open door into the projection room. The movie film spools off the large platters into the projector. Photo by theater staff.
CLICK-> [an error occurred while processing this directive] NEW POST The snack bar is packed with neat old signs and movie theater memorabilia. This is where you can get "Super Nachos" and hamburgers and hot dogs. Photo by theater staff.
CLICK-> [an error occurred while processing this directive] NEW POST A sunset before showtime at the Skyvue Drive-In Theater. The patrons are enjoying the show before the show. Photo by theater staff.
CLICK-> [an error occurred while processing this directive] NEW POST The theater owner snapped this photo and put it on their website. This is Mary Ann and I posing with the car. She is holding one of our dogs. It is a Miniature Pinscher named Sasha. This little dog travels often and looks forward to eating any and all food crumbs that are accidentally dropped in the car. Sasha is so intent on catching dropped food, that one day she swallowed up a ketchup packet that fell out of the refrigerator. Surprisingly, there were no ill effects!
I rate each theater on a five star scale. I'm giving this place 5 stars for overall appearance/appeal. At the entrance, they have rows and rows of neat yard lights to welcome visitors. The buildings and grounds are maintained to a high standard. Seems like they would have even more visitors if they had some signage along the major 4-lane state highway that is nearby. They do have a neon "SKYVUE" sign that faces the road, but it is not very noticeable to a passerby. It is very far back from the road, and seldom turned on. The place is also near a major interstate called I-70 at the exit. I wonder how many more people would know this place exists if there was a "SKVUE" sign posted at the interstate exit? A lot! They get 5 stars for the snack bar. They have plenty of helpers behind the counter who seem to enjoy interacting with the customers. They get 5 stars for projection quality & sound. The picture brightness is adequate, while the sound broadcast is loud and clear. I'm giving 5 stars for their prices, not too high. They get 5 stars for the restrooms. Skyvue gets 5 stars for their showmanship. Before the first show, they play trailers and some funny commercials. Between movies, they gave away some food prizes. Lets hope they return for another great season in Spring of 2009. I'm on a quest to visit all 22 of Indiana's operating drive-in movie theaters in my 1968 GTO. There are only 7 more to visit to complete the mission. Screw the high gas prices. Come along with me and see the drive-ins before they're all history!
The 2008 schedule dates have passed. We will be developing a tour schedule for summer 2009 based on these venues. Most of the theaters will open in March/April/May of 2009...
This is an informal tour...
Some 2008 movie titles we saw together...
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