Litchfield in Montgomery County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Sky View Drive-In
Like most outdoor theaters, the Sky View always had a busy playground below the screen where the children played before the movie began.
The Sky View is the last original Route 66 drive-in theater in Illinois. Enjoying movies under the stars was a novel experience in 1950 when this theater opened - a time when most people didn't own a black-and-white TV. Drive-ins were popular gathering places for families, friends and couples.
An automobile provided privacy for couples on romantic dates or for families to tuck in the youngsters for a night’s sleep while mom and dad watched the movie.
The Sky View's grand opening in 1950
“It did more to upset life in Litchfield than when Walmart came to town. It was unthinkable that you would wait till dark to watch a movie and stay out so late. This was a farm community you know.” - Walter “Chic” Bishop
Press to hear Litchfield residents reminisce about their evenings at the Sky
Erected by Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Entertainment • Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the U.S. Route 66 🛣️ series list.
Location. 39° 11.124′ N, 89° 39.868′ W. Marker is in Litchfield, Illinois, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Old Route 66 N, on the right when traveling north. Marker is in front of Sky View Drive-In. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1600 Old Route 66 N, Litchfield IL 62056, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Litchfield, Illinois (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fine Dining on Rte 66 (approx. half a mile away); The Ariston Café, Litchfield, Illinois (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Vic Suhling Sign (approx. 0.6 miles away); Litchfield Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center (approx. 0.6 miles away); Litchfield's Wind Mill Factory (approx. 0.6 miles away); Route 66 (approx. 0.6 miles away); The American Radiator Plant Cornerstone (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Litchfield.
More about this marker. Some time between mid-2019 to late-2020, both wayside exhibit markers in Litchfield (the other being in front of Ariston Cafe) were replaced with new markers. Both had the same text, pictures and layout, and replaced them due to lots of wear and tear on them. This wayside exhibit had audio but it did not work as of August 2019.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 27, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 128 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on November 10, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. 2. submitted on August 27, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. 3. submitted on November 10, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.