Sky Vu Drive-In

1261 Old U.S. 40,
Russell, KS 67665

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Sky Vu Drive-In

Located on the Old Highway 40, the Sky Vu Drive-In was opened prior to 1949 when it was operated by J.O. Murray & W.A. Michaelis Jr., with a capacity for 400 cars. By 1955 it was operated by Dale Danielson with a capacity for 350 cars.

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Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on April 27, 2014 at 6:28 am

The address is: 183rd St & Old US 40 Russell, KS 67665

It is close!!

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on April 27, 2014 at 6:35 am

All that is left standing is the marquee in the middle of a field. Hopefully somebody will save it.

DavidZornig on April 29, 2014 at 4:58 pm

This link has multiple photos of what was left of the Sky Vu Drive-In in 2006.

HeatherNR on May 16, 2018 at 12:24 pm

The same committee that updated the Russell Dream Theater is looking to update and re-open the Sky-Vu Theater Drive in. It is going to take a few years, but that is the goal.

moviepostercollector on July 6, 2018 at 4:24 pm

I have an old movie poster, listing 4 movies from this drive in.sun,mon, tues [july 17-19] the rare breed with james stewart. july20 to july22 , the guns of navarone ,july 23 was a double feature the family jewels with jerry lewis and invitation to a gunfight with yul Brynner. does anyone know when it closed or better yet what year this poster is from.navarone was 1960 and the rare breed was mid to late 60`s, so I guess there were re-releases.

MichaelKilgore on May 27, 2020 at 9:38 am

The Salina (KS) Journal, Aug. 2, 2007: “Dean Lavern Zimmerman, 90, Lakewood, died Tuesday, July 31, 2007. Mr. Zimmerman was born Dec. 19, 1916, in Russell, Kan. He owned and operated the Sky Vue Drive-In theater for 35 years.”

MichaelKilgore on April 18, 2021 at 1:29 pm

Same drive-in? Showmen’s Trade Review, Sept. 3, 1949: “Walter Lambader is readying his new drive-in at Russell, Kans., for an opening next month. It will hold about 350 cars."

Randy A Carlisle
Randy A Carlisle on August 27, 2023 at 8:55 pm

Thank you Debra!! Got it.. ;) 38.885337, -98.885176 This was a hard one to find going by the above address!! Actually near 1261 Old US Hwy 40 Russell, Kansas… RAC Photography

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