Skyview Drive-In Theater - Living History
July 8, 1949 the Skyview Drive-In opened in Belleville, Illinois. Their first movie was On Our Merry Way, a romantic comedy from 1948. They had one screen and a car capacity of 500. The Drive-In was built from the ground up and owned by the Boomer Chain. The theater was painted "Bloomer Pink" when it was originally built, a color chosen by Florence Bloomer. This coloring remained as a unique
characteristic of the theatre until June 1981 when it was repainted.
The creation of the CinemaScope; an anamorphic lens series used for shooting widescreen movies, in 1953 resulted in the Drive-In widening their screen to accomodate such new features. In the spring of
1955 a tornado hit and destroyed the 60 foot screen and caused massive damage to their playground.
The replacement screen that was built was 115 foot. This screen suffered extensive damage, as did the playground, when a wind storm hit in 1981. Shortly after rebuilding the first screen they opted to build another screen as well, increasing their screen count to two and car capacity to 700 cars. They converted to digital projection in 2013. They are open seven days a week during their season which spans from April through October. The theater remains under the ownership of the Bloomer chain to this day.