Go West Drive-In

2226 Mullan Road,
Missoula, MT 59808

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Previous Names: Mt. Vu Motor-In

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Go West Drive-In

This was Missoula’s one and only claim to cool, but now it’s gone. The Mt. Vu Motor-In was opened August 18, 1948 with Maureen O'Hara in “Homestretch”. It had a capacity of 400 cars and was operated by B.J. Barrett. It was closed in 1966.

It was reopened as the Go West Drive-In on May 5, 1967 with Elvis Presley in “Frankie and Johnny” & Frankie Avalon in “Fireball 500”. It had a capacity of 700 cars. It was closed on October 2, 1999 with Bruce Willis in “The Sixth Sense” & Heather Donahue in “The Blair Witch Project”. It was demolished in October 2000 and the Broadway Motor Inn now stands on the site.

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Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

coren on January 8, 2008 at 12:13 am

who is the onwer i have some Questions for them about it

jwmovies on October 6, 2012 at 5:22 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 2226 Mullan Rd.

diannah on May 24, 2013 at 10:55 am

I am trying to find a picture of this theater, at least the concession part of it. Any ideas how or where I might look?

rivest266 on December 3, 2017 at 12:01 pm

This opened as Mtn-Vu Drive-In on August 18th, 1948 as the first drive-in in town and closed down after the 1966 season. It reopened as the Go West! Drive-In on May 5th, 1967 with space for 700 cars. Both grand opening ads in the photo section.

Denny Pine
Denny Pine on September 7, 2018 at 9:29 am

Final night of operation was on October 2, 1999 with “Sixth Sense” and “The Blair Witch Project”. On January 7, 2000, the day after Missoula’s indoor Roxy Theater’s final day of operation, it was announced by the Roxy and Go West’s company, W.A. Simons, that the drive-in was also closed for good. The screen came down in October 2000. Broadway Inn Motel now occupies the former drive-in site.

MichaelKilgore on December 13, 2019 at 4:09 pm

Boxoffice, March 10, 1951: “MISSOULA, MONT. – Veteran theatre executive E. K. Taylor has purchased part interest in the Mtn-Vu Drive-In here. Speaker outlets will be increased from 380 to 425 before the spring opening.”

John Eickhof
John Eickhof on March 5, 2024 at 3:02 pm

the drive-in pictured here is not the Go West! The actual Go West was located at 8394 Deschamps Lane off US 10 just west of the Y of US 93 and 10 in northwest Missoula. Yes, it was 700 cars and the lot is still there, the screen was on the west end facing east, the snack bar / booth was still there in 2015. Word had it there was another Drive-in farther west I believe that is the one in the aerial photos. I serviced the projection and sound and removed it in 2000, also serviced the Wilma, Roxy, Crystal, and the Carmike screens for decades. The MTN Vu was located on the south of town along US 93 just as the highway narrows down near a storage place and Walmart is.

John Eickhof
John Eickhof on March 5, 2024 at 3:14 pm

correction to my comment…the drive in pictured is the Mountain Vu, on Mullen Rd., the STATE was located along US 93 South of Missoula near where the Walmart is today.

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