Those in need of a little time outside their homes will be excited to learn that the Litchfield Sky View Drive-In will open for it’s 70th season this weekend. Steven Spielberg’s 1985 film “The Goonies,” will be the featured movie on Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9, and the cult-classic “Dazed and Confused” will be shown on Sunday, May 10.
The Sky View will show movies every Friday and Saturday night, starting this Friday, May 8 and ending on Saturday, Oct. 11. Another of Spielberg’s films, “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” will be featured on Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16. Additional titles and show times will be updated online at litchfieldskyview.com, throughout the season. Ticket prices are set at $7 apiece, those five and under are free, and gates open at 7:30 p.m., with the evening’s featured films starting at approximately 8:20 p.m.
As in years past, the Sky View will once again host their popular Throwback Sundays on the second of each month. This season’s throwback list features cinematic favorites, “Dazed and Confused” on Sunday, May 10; “Gone With The Wind” on Sunday, June 14; “Bullit” on Sunday, July 12; “Christine” on Sunday, Aug. 9; “Clueless” on Sunday, Sept. 13; “Frankenstein” on Sunday, Oct. 11; and “Revenge of the Creature” on Sunday, Oct. 17.
This year marks seven decades for the Sky View Drive-In and longtime patrons will notice some changes to the theater’s protocol this season, keeping with social distancing mandates.
As part of the special precautions the Sky View is taking to keep customers and staff members safe, they plan to only open to partial capacity, approximately 330 cars.
Cars will be instructed not to double up, with only one car permitted between each set of poles and movie goers must remain in their vehicles with the exception of using the restrooms and patronizing the concession window. This stipulation means that attendees will not be permitted to sit in the back or hatch of their vehicles, or lawn chairs outside.
The theater’s staff will wear masks and gloves, and shared areas, such as bathrooms, will be cleaned on a routine basis throughout the night. Other public areas, like the playground and outdoor seating areas, will remain closed for now.
Customers will still be able to purchase their favorite movie snacks, though minor changes have been implemented. A new order window, with plexiglass, has been installed in the concession and customers will be able to safely order and pick up food without coming in close contact with fellow guests.
“We received the official okay on Saturday,” said Mindy Pastrovich, an owner of the Sky View Drive-In. “We have made some necessary changes and hope that our customers will be patient and understanding while we work out the kinks of operating under social-distancing guidelines. We are so excited to be opening for the 70th season, we have a great line-up planned and even some fun surprises. We hope to see everyone at the drive-in.”
If conditions allow, the Sky View Drive-In’s 70th season will officially culminate on Saturday, Oct. 17, with the “Rise of the Kreepazoid” hotrod show, hosted by Kreepers Car Club of Southern Illinois. Touted as “hotrods and horror and the drive-in” the car show will feature pre 1972 hotrods and custom cars. There will also be live music, vendors, a costume contest and a showing of the classic monster movie, “Revenge Of The Creature.”
Follow the Sky View Drive-In online at skyview-drive-in.com or on their Facebook or Instagram accounts for special announcements.