Skydrome Drive-In

2515 N. Dixie Highway,
Lake Worth, FL 33460

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Previously operated by: Wometco Theatres

Previous Names: Dixie Skydrome Drive-In

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Skydrome Drive-In

The Palm Beach Post recently printed a roundup of theaters from the 1950’s and 1960’s. It included the Skydrome Drive-In, its location described as at 2515 N. Dixie Highway, “just south of the Palm Beach Canal”, and with a circa-1969 photo of its sign showing “Skydrome” written in cursive. It was opened on January 7, 1949.

The 1949-50 Theatre Catalog first listed the Dixie Skydrome, capacity 600, owners Walter E. Foley and Walter A. Cantor. In the 1950-51 edition, the owner was James W. Frew. The 1952 Catalog included the “Skydome”, owned by Ed McClosky. The 1953-56 editions of the Catalog included the Dixie “Skydome,” owner Wometco Theatres.

Its first appearance in the annual Motion Picture Almanac drive-in list was in the 1950-51 edition as the Dixie-Skydrome, owned by Walter E. Foley. For 1953-66, the owner changed to James Frew. By the 1977 edition, it was simply the Skydrome, then owned by P. B. Henn. The drive-in’s final appearance in the MPA was the 1982 edition, which suggests that it closed earlier.

Aerial photos showed a drive-in with a west-facing screen and a viewing field bordered to the north by the Palm Beach Canal. It was still intact in 1968, but by 1979, the site was home to a shopping center.

Contributed by Michael Kilgore

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MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on September 19, 2022 at 10:17 am

Here’s the grand opening ad from Jan. 7, 1949, originally clipped by CT friend rivest. It’s even got a photo of owner Walter E. Foley, Jr.

Dixie Skydrome drive-in theatreDixie Skydrome drive-in theatre 07 Jan 1949, Fri The Palm Beach Post (West Palm Beach, Florida) Newspapers.com

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