Sky-HI Drive-In Theatre
1952-1993


Ralph A. Hahn (1923-1985), Don Didriksen (1924-2008) and Keith Didriksen (1915-1974) opened the 500-car theatre on May 1, 1952.

In the opinon of your editor, the Sky-HI was probably the better of Helena's two drive-ins, although I enjoyed many movies at both establishments.





Site of the Sky-HI

Thanks to Wally Peel for confirming the theater's location.



1959 Fight Footage a Big Draw

A contributor writes:
"In 1959, the Sky-HI showed the newsreel footage of Swedish heavyweight boxer Ingemar Johansson knocking out Floyd Patterson, the reigning champion. Not only were many cars lined up to enter the drive-in gates, but dozens were parked along the highway near the theater, waiting in the twilight to see even a distant view of Johanssen's KO. It was a remarkable scene."



The Derelict Sky-HI Marquee and Screen


COURTESY OF JEFF SHERLOCK

The theater closed in 1993

 

 

The Abandoned Sky-HI


THE WES AND CAROL SYNNESS COLLECTION • CLICK IMAGE FOR A LARGE VERSION IN A NEW WINDOW

Seen from what is now Carter Drive.



The Derelict Sky-HI Marquee


COURTESY OF AND COPYRIGHT BY JERRY COOPER • CLICK ON IMAGE FOR A BIG VERSION IN A NEW WINDOW


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