3060 N. Montana Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Theatre Operators, Inc,
The Sunset Drive-In opened July 12, 1949, featuring the 1947 travelogue documentary “Homestretch” with Cornel Wilde, Maureen O'Hara and Glenn Langan, with 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 on September 5, 1982 with Michael McKean in “Young Doctors in Love” & Robert Hays in “Airplane”. It was demolished and it is now home to McDonald’s, Valley Bank and Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply.
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