Endless Nights - The Sky View Drive-In
The Sky View Drive-In
The Sky View is the last original Route 66 drive-in theater in Illinois. Enjoying movies under the stars was a novel experience in 1950 when this theater opened – a time when most people didn’t own a black and white TV. Drive-ins were popular gathering places for families, friends, and couples.
“It did more to upset life in Litchfield than when Walmart came to town. It was unthinkable that you would wait till dark to watch a movie and stay out so late. This was a farm community you know.” - Walter “Chic” Bishop.
An automobile provided privacy for couples on romantic dates or for families to tuck in the youngsters for a night’s sleep while mom and dad watched the movie.
During intermission, hotdogs danced across the screen, luring moviegoers to the Sky View’s concession stand.
Like most outdoor theaters, the Sky View always had a busy playground below the screen where children played before the movie began.