Sunset Drive-In

3060 North Montana Avenue,
Helena, MT 59601

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Sunset Drive-In

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The Sunset Drive-In opened July 12, 1949, featuring the 1947 travelogue documentary “Homestretch” with Cornel Wilde, Maureen O'Hara and Glenn Langan, withy shorts and the latest news. E. R.”Chub” Munger was the owner/operator of the new drive-in. The Sunset Drive-In was first drive-in theatre to open in Helena, with the Sky-Hi Drive-In opening on May 1, 1952. It had a parking ramp that held 500 cars with in-a-car speakers, and screening features on a 60 ft. x 60 ft. screen tower.

In 1952 the Sunset Drive-In installed ‘Moonlights or Moonbeams’ for the opening of the summer movie season. This lighting system consisted of red, amber, blue flood lights mounted on a tall pole. This provided illumination of the parking ramp during intermissions and at the end of the show for exiting the theatre. In 1955 a new CinemaScope screen was installed. One of the contest’s Chub Munger held, was a yearly drawing for a brand new Chevrolet. The Sunset Drive-In finally closed in 1982. It was demolished and it is now home to McDonald’s, Valley Bank and Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply.

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rivest266
rivest266 on August 9, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Grand opening and aerial photo uploaded here.

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