Sunset Drive-In

4291 Highway 16,
Plentywood, MT 59254

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This single-screen drive-in opened in 1952, and can accomodate 150 cars. Until just recently, the city of Plentywood had two movie venues, the Sunset Drive-In and the Orpheum Theatre, which has now been closed due to declining business. The drive-in’s season goes from May until September.

Formerly, from fall until spring, the Orpheum Theatre would operate while the drive-in was closed.

Contributed by Bryan

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 11, 2009 at 2:36 pm

A 2008 photo can be seen here.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 10, 2010 at 4:32 pm

In the movie"THUNDERBOLT andLIGHTFOOT" there is a Drive-in that is in a good part of the film.And i think the movie was shot in Montana and i wonder if anyone up that way knows the Drive-in.I think it was filmed somewhere around those Northwest states.

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.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on February 10, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Click on the link I provided, and find out!

Also go to the site and do some searching on the movie you want.

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.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on February 28, 2010 at 10:36 pm

The link at the Related Websites is a bit wrong. The right link just shows they are closed, which is understandable in Montana…

And their Facebook page:

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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.

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