Big Sky Drive-In
1167 Crawford Avenue,
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Previous Names: Skylite Drive-In
The Skylite Drive-In was opened on May 10, 1949. It was one road down from the Tru-Vu Drive-In. In 1955 it was operated by William Taggert. It was renamed Big Sky Drive-In in March 1964. It was closed in the mid-1980’s after Exxon left town and caused an economic collapse.
It is (and was) owned as well as operated by Stan and Jeanne Dewsnup who also have the Egyptian Theatre and the Tru-Vu Drive-In. Jeanne still owns and operates both of the aforementioned as well as the dark Big Sky Drive-In.
She had hoped to reopen the Big Sky Drive-In for years but the land around it eventually developed enough (including a Walmart) that she gave up hope because of all the light pollution the screen would now suffer. The existing screen was built after the old one blew down in the late-1970’s and was covered by the insurance.
The snackbar/booth building was demolished sometime in (I believe) the last decade after vandals had finally destroyed it to the point of being a hopeless liability. The screen and marquee still stand and the property is still as it was in its drive-in days.
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