The Skyview Drive In Theater
Thirty years ago drive in theaters were found in almost every town but over the last few decades drive in theaters have begun to close down and die out. A few still remain open though and the Skyview Drive In Theater in Belleville, Illinois at 5700 N. Belt W. is thriving and doing well. They currently have two screens and show four different movies each night. Simply let the attendant know which movie you want to see and they will point you in the right direction. The attendant will give you a ticket, flyer and a trash bag.
The flyer contains information on what radio station to tune your vehicle to and where to park. If the flyer is white, park next to a white pole, if it’s orange, park next to an orange pole. The white poles are for low rise vehicles such as passenger cars and the orange poles are for high rise vehicles, such as SUVS, vans and trucks. This helps everyone be able to see the screen without a vehicle blocking their view.
Place any garbage in the trash bag and put it next to the pole when you leave the drive in. This helps employees quickly clean up the area after the show is over.
The drive in no longer has the clunky speakers that hang on the window, instead the flyer explains what radio station you should tune it to listen to the shows. If you don’t feel comfortable running the radio off your vehicle’s auxiliary power, you can bring a portable radio. Carry some spare batteries with you because the concession stand doesn’t sell them.
Admission price is $10.00 per person which is a bargain because every show at the Skyview is a double feature. Children under 12 are free with a paid adult. Bring cash to the drive in because they don’t take credit or debit cards at the box office. They do take credit and debit cards at the concession stand.
The theater begins playing the movies shortly after dark. To get a good spot, arrive about a half an hour before it gets dark. Outside food and drinks are allowed so pack up a cooler and bring your favorite snacks. Bring your lawn chairs if you want to sit outside but don’t forget the bug spray. Heck, you can even bring your dog if you want, so long as Fido is on a leash and you clean up after him.
If you decide you want to switch screens and watch the second movie on the other screen, it is allowed as long as there is space. Just check the running times so there isn’t a conflict with the shows.
Going to the drive in theater is a fun way to spend an enjoyable evening. It’s a dieing tradition that’s alive and well in Belleville, Illinois.