The Litchfield Skyview Drive In is looking for new Caretakers. Nick, Mindy, Mike and Debbie Pastrovich, all part of
Pastro Properties Inc., have owned the property for the past 5 years. The family, and occasionally their two adult
children, work the drive in every open evening. They credit the local and Route 66 enthusiasts for their successes.
“The Mother Road has such a rich history, and is loaded with fun things to do, and of course amazing foods to try!
We have been so privileged to be caretakers for the last six years,” says Mindy, Director of Events, Social Media,
and PR. “We quickly learned, that even as a privately owned business, the Skyview is community based. Our
patrons consider the theater a part of their own personal stories.” Throughout their ownership Drive-in patrons
have visited from as far away as Singapore. “Regulars” come from the local area, and as far away as 2 to 4 hours
every weekend. Mindy remarked, “We are story keepers for this amazing place. Every weekend we hear new
stories from our visitors. Telling us their fondest movie memories…. And what this theater has meant to them.”
She mentioned the private events that they host as well, ranging from Wedding receptions to business meetings,
graduations, and for two years in a row, school plays. Community fun, entertainment, dining, and Route 66 all
rolled into one package. The family has enjoyed giving heart and soul to the Drive-in and are ready for new
opportunities. “We have enjoyed being the Skyview caretakers and will cherish the many amazing moments we
have had with our visitors.”
The Litchfield Skyview Drive-in has officially opened for their 71st season. This outdoor theater has been a safe and
fun get away for the public through the covid pandemic. The Skyview is in the Route 66 Hall of Fame and hosts a
Wayside Exhibit at the front of the property. This exhibit, placed by the Scenic Byway, tells stories of patrons as
well as some history. One of only four Drive-ins originally and still in operation on Historic 66 in the United States,
and the only one on Historic Old Route 66 in Illinois. Currently the theater is open on Friday and Saturday nights,
as well as the “Second Sunday” of each month. New and current titles play each Friday and Saturday. Second
Sundays are set up throughout the season with throwback titles. This years list features 6 retro titles, ranging from
Goonies to American Graffiti. American Graffiti plays on Mother’s day, May 9th, and is accompanying a Classic Car
Cruise-in. Gates will open early, at 5pm. Pre 1980 classic car drivers get one free entry! Looking for more details
and info? Visit www.litchfieldskyview.com.
Owner History: The Litchfield Skyview Drive-in opened in the spring of 1950 by the original owner/operators,
Frisina Enterprises. It was sold twice, first to Mid America Theaters, and then to the family of Norman and Del Paul
before the Pastrovich family purchased the theater on March 1st, 2016. Now under Pastro Properties Inc, The
family has taken hands on approach and is enjoyed being a part of both local and Route 66 history.
Online listing information: https://barbermurphy.com/properties/1215-1500-Old-Route-66-Litchfield-Illinois-62056-Montgomery-County/.