Sunset Drive-In

4291 Highway 16,
Plentywood, MT 59254

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Sunset Drive-In

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This single-screen drive-in opened in 1952, and could accomodate 150 cars. Until just recently, the city of Plentywood had two movie venues, the Sunset Drive-In and the Orpheum Theatre. The drive-in’s season went from May until September.

Formerly, from fall until spring, the Orpheum Theatre would operate while the drive-in was closed. The Sunset Drive-In was closed August 25, 2012.

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Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on February 10, 2010 at 4:44 pm

T&L was filmed in Fort Benton and Great Falls, MT. So I would bet the drive-in in Fort Benton was the most likely place where the drive-in scenes were filmed.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 10, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Thanks so much. Here is a harder one and I am not running a test,but do you know the name of the Drive in in the movie “TELEFON” with Charles Bronson. I remember because while filming in the lot they ran the same loop through the projector during the action.I figured it was Southern California. Is FORT BENTON DRIVE IN still open.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 10, 2010 at 5:23 pm

Thanks I will because there are quite a few Drive-ins in Movies I like.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 20, 2010 at 4:51 pm

July 28-30 1996 Now Showing at the SUNSET DRIVE-IN THEATRE is “THE PHANTOM”

July 31- August 3 1996 Now Showing “THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME”

August 4-6 1996 NOW SHOWING “ THE CRAFT”

August 7-10 1996 Now Showing “THE CABLE GUY”

August 11-13 1996 Now Showing “THE ARRIVAL”

August 14-17 1996 Now Playing “PHENOMENON”

August 18-20 1996 Now Playing “STRIPTEASE”

August 21- 25 1996 Now Showing “ERASER”

August 26- 31 1996 Now showing “MULTIPLICITY”

Sept 1-1996 Now Playing “MULTIPLICITY”



They sent me this flyer back in 1996 along with some pictures after I wrote the SUNSET about reading an article in BOXOFFICE.I thought it was awful nice of those folks to go to all that trouble.Just another goodie i dug up.

NERVA on September 22, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Sadly, per Facebook, the Sunset Drive-In in Plentywood, Montana, closed at the end of August this year. Believe the owners, and the town, are trying to renovate the local movie theater in Plentywood (new digital projection system). I wanted to see a movie at this drive in… and I never made it.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on June 9, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Yup…It is closed!! That is the problem in small community’s, there just was not enough business to switch to digital projection. After reading some FB posts, I think maybe they quit to soon. You lease projectors now.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on June 9, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Ken..can you mark it closed!!

Jay Harvey
Jay Harvey on June 9, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Hopefully a lot of the drive-ins that shut down last season will re open with the new lease to own digital projectors

Chris1982 on July 31, 2014 at 3:46 am

The Orpheum Theatre is open and community operated on a volunteer basis. It has switched to digital projection. So Plentywood does have an outlet for motion pictures.

TomMc11 on April 24, 2018 at 9:35 am

Current Aerial shows the screen and marquee have been removed.

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