Derrick Drive-In

25714 U.S. 2,
Cut Bank, MT 59427

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The Derrick Drive-In was located SE of the town sitting on the south side of US Highway 2.

It opened in June 1950 as the Ranch Auto Theatre. The Derrick Drive-In was still operating in 1969, but closed at some point afterwards and was demolished.

Today, a lumber yard appears to be on the site with no trace of the drive-in left save perhaps for the projector booth/concession stand.

Contributed by Ken McElhaney

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MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on June 8, 2019 at 1:24 pm

I’m guessing that this grand opening note from the July 8, 1950 issue of BoxOffice is about the same drive-in.

CUT BANK, MONT. – The Ranch Auto Theatre on Route 2 between Cut Bank and Shelby recently was opened. Partners in the project are J. E. Kelly, W. G. Harkins and Jim Schollard.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on December 1, 2019 at 2:13 pm

So there were two Derrick Drive-Ins? Boxoffice, July 15, 1974: “Interstate Amusement, based in Twin Falls, Ida., and owned by Roy Roper, has leased the Roxy Theater and North Star Drive-In here (in Shelby MT), along with the State Theatre and Derrick Drive-In at Cut Bank, Mont., and the Orpheum Theatre and Star Drive-In at Conrad, Mont. … HMK Corp. constructed the area’s first drive-in about 1950 between Cut Bank and Shelby. It was closed in 1954, when the corporation built drive-ins in Shelby and Cut Bank. The ozoner at Conrad was purchased in 1956.”

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