The last drive-in that was operating when Route 66 was still a highway remains open for your viewing pleasure.
Opening in June of 1950, the Sky View Drive-In has survived cable TV, VCRs and even Netflix. Every summer weekend evening for the past 65 years, cars have been pulling in and allowing families to watch movies on a giant screen under the night sky.
Today, the Sky View has raised its rates to a whopping $3 per person, but that includes two movies, which typically start after sunset.
As part of Obscura Day and our Illinois Route 66 Caravan, we'll be stopping by for a film and snacks, and we invite you to come along. We'll give a short talk about the history of drive-ins, why there are so few left, and how they relate to the great car culture that America still enjoys.
While the window speakers have been replaced with FM stereo, the poles and hills remain so you can perch your car in just the right position to see the film. Or you can bring lawn chairs and a portable FM radio if you prefer. Be sure to visit the snack bar, not only for the traditional popcorn and hot dogs, but also to support this historic venue.
May 30, 2015
Gate opens at 7:30
Talk will be near the screen at 8:00
Film will start near 8:30 and 10:45
Films being shown: TBA
Cost: $3.00, pay as you enter
Children under 6 free
Atlas Obscura tickets are only for our tracking only. Please register for a ticket so we know you're coming.