Motor Vu Drive-In

320 23rd Avenue NW,
Sidney, MT 59270

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Located to the west of the city on Highway 16. The Motor Vu Drive-In was opened in June 1950. It was owned by Lawrence Stoops. The drive-In listed a car capacity of 350 and was still operating in the late-1970’s.

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Kenmore
Kenmore on November 17, 2014 at 4:05 pm

According to the 1985 Topographical Map, the Drive-In was located just west of the city approximately at 2427 5th Street NW (Google) is today. The entire area has been redeveloped and no trace of the drive-in exists. https://goo.gl/maps/b2TU2

jwmovies
jwmovies on December 15, 2016 at 12:01 am

The address listed is incorrect. The Drive-in was located across the street and on Highway 16.

It is the mobile home park at Yellowstone Drive in 2300 block of W Holly. The eastern part of Yellowstone Drive is where the entrance road was located. The western part is where the screen was located.

Please update.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on December 9, 2019 at 4:50 pm

Based on HistoricAerial.com’s comparison tool, the entrance to the Motor Vu is about where 320 23rd Ave NW is now.

And this sounds like part of its origin story, from the April 15, 1950 Boxoffice: “SIDNEY, MONT. – J. M. Suckstorff and son have resumed work on the drive-in across from the fairgrounds. A tentative opening date has been set for May 10.”

As was often the case, that projected opening probably slipped. Boxoffice, July 8, 1950: “SIDNEY, MONT. – The new Motor-Vu Drive-In erected on Route 16 near the county fairgrounds by Jack Suckstorff recently was opened. With a capacity of 350 cars, the new theatre has a 54x60-foot screen.”

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