Skyline Drive-In

2395 Carolina Beach Road,
Wilmington, NC 28401

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Previously operated by: Stellings-Gossett Theatres, Stewart and Everett

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Skyline Drive-In

The Skyline Drive-In was open in the early-1950’s and parked 300 cars. Initially operated by W.E. Thrush, then Stellings-Gossett Theatres followed by Stewart and Everett. The drive-in closed in 1985.

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NYozoner on December 2, 2014 at 8:35 pm

2395 Carolina Beach Rd, Wilmington, NC 28401 ‎

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which was across Carolina Beach Road from the Star Way Drive-In, also in Wilmington.

There is a gas station where the entrance used to be, and the location of the drive-in is now a medical complex with a large drainage pond.

edgeydave1 on August 7, 2017 at 10:41 am

Odd? Was this Drive-In theater open at the same time Starway Drive-In was open? Seems to me the competition would have hurt the two theaters. According to a neighbor who went to both each weekend I understand they did “very” well in the early sixties but suffered badly starting in the seventies. Still,they were almost across the street from each other. How could they survive on those Crown International “B” movies they showed? Doesn’t make sense building theaters so close to each other!

DavidZornig on August 21, 2018 at 9:47 am

1951 print ad image added via Thomas Landen.

MichaelKilgore on April 26, 2021 at 10:21 pm

Same drive-in? The Carolina Beach Road Drive-In was listed under Wilmington in the 1948-56 Theatre Catalogs, always owner W. E. Thrush, capacity growing from 200 to 300 cars.

Boxoffice, March 24, 1958: “L. G. Harris jr. is opening immediately the Sea Cliff Drive-In, Wilmington, formerly the Carolina Beach Road Drive-In. The Sea Cliff will be for Negro patronage only.”

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