Skyway Drive-In

La Follette, TN 37766

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The Skyway Drive-In in was located on the main street leading out of town towards Knoxville, Tennessee. It was owned by Cherokee Amusements back in the 1950’s.

Up until the late-1970’s it was still in operation. I went there one night with my cousin who had to meet a friend there. On the screen was Christopher Lee in "Horror Express".
Never forgot that title.

It parked 297 cars in an odd way, conforming to the ridges and hills in East Tennessee. The screen was actually down in a hole, and the cars were positioned going up the hill almost like seats in a theatre.

The box-office was white with red trim, and the concession-booth were both on one level. The concession was not large. The marquee was of the same color, nice size. I guess the Skyway stayed open until the 1980’s.

In 1956 there was another drive-in in LaFollette called the Starlight Drive-In. It held 300 cars, and Tim Smith was the owner. But I don’t remember anything about this theatre.

Contributed by Mike Rogers

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 11, 2009 at 9:10 pm

Like so many passion pits this location today is home to a large church.

Nunzienick on November 12, 2009 at 5:43 am

Mike: Too funny! Love your “passion pit” comment! Who would have suspected years ago that this passion pit would become a church?!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 14, 2009 at 12:18 am

But, you know Nick both the Skyview Drive in and Weis Drive in both have churches on them.And that is in Augusta.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 14, 2009 at 12:20 am

I got some info on the Aiken Theatres,Nick from you know who; I am working them up for you now.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 16, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Anyone have any info on the Starlight Drive-in located in this city. All I have what is in the above header.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 16, 2010 at 11:38 pm

Nick.seems like alot of Drive-ins become church sites or lousy shopping centers that have now fallen on hard times like the old Drive-ins they replaced.

TLSLOEWS on April 15, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Thanks Nick and Mike.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 30, 2011 at 2:44 am

I drove by this Drive-in Countless times,NEVER thought to take a picture,Tis.

jwmovies on November 30, 2012 at 10:50 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 1906 Jacksboro Pike. Now La Follette Church of God.

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