Skylark Drive In

Category Exploration Date Status Province / State Country
Commercial Abandoned Ontario Canada

History: 

The Skylark Drive In, in its original incarnation, opened in the 1950's, and closed in 1982 and lay unused.

This 275-car venue was re-opened in 2000 by Willie and Julie Greco. In 2012, it was announced that the drive in would close once again. The Grecos were leasing the land, but were never able to secure sufficient funding to purchase it. The owner is believed to have other plans for the land and chose not to renew the lease. To date, none of these plans appear to have materialized.

In its final year, Skylark was open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night at 9:00 PM, with a double-feature at dusk.


Personal Commentary: 

We were on the way home from a camping trip on the Labour Day Weekend and I remembered this place. I have been meaning to stop in for quite some time and just never seemed to have the time. This time, no excuses. I had my camera, I had my drone. Time to get this place captured before someone bulldozes it.

It was really warm, and I have now realized that the hard case for my drone, while excellent protection, is a bit heavy to carry any distance.

In any event, we, including our newest intrepid exploring partner, Max the Exploring Husky, set out to see what was left.

I was surprised at how much of it was still present, and at the same time dismayed by how badly destroyed it was already. Any hope of anyone re-opening this establishment for nostalgia's sake is pretty much gone.


Comment

I love your site and was glad to see the great pictures you have taken. The trip to Greenwater provincial park, I remember camping there 12-13 years ago. What a shame these places were closed. I can't believe they just close up and leave everything, you would think they are liable for cleaning these places up. I also grew up on some the radar bases across Canada and was neat to see them, especially the CFS Armstrong and the picture of the curling rink. Couple of questions though, have you ever taken any treasures from these abandoned sites (like signs, etc). When looking at your trips, sometimes I'm not sure whereabouts in Ontario you are, am I missing what towns you are in, do you have them written down somewhere in your stories. Again great site!!!!

In reply to by Ray Allan (not verified)

Thanks for the comments!  I do enjoy visiting and posting these locations.

I have a strict policy of not removing anything from the locations I visit.  I keep in mind that I am only a visitor, and someone owns the property, regardless of its state of neglect.  Plus, it's better to leave things for the next person to see and appreciate as I have.

I live in Sudbury, Ontario, but I range all over the place, as you can probably see from the locations posted here.  The initial focus of the site was exclusively abandoned places, but since then I've decided to broaden the scope.

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