Falls Motor Vu Drive-In

4300 2nd Avenue N.,
Great Falls, MT 59405

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Previously operated by: Carisch Theatres

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Falls Motor Vu Drive-In

The Falls Motor Vu Drive-In was opened May 13, 1949. In 1955 it was operated by George Buzzas & L.A. Donahue. In July 1975 it was taken over by Carisch Theatres who closed it on September 3, 1978.

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Kenmore on June 8, 2016 at 6:04 pm

Found It!

According to the topo maps, the drive-in sat at 1123 4th St S, Great Falls, Mt. Today, there is a Holiday Inn on the property with no trace of the drive-in remaining. http://tinyurl.com/zcx285m

rivest266 on December 18, 2016 at 8:13 am

May 13th, 1949 grand opening ad in the photo section.

dallasmovietheaters on January 17, 2017 at 7:45 pm

Closed September 3, 1978 after “Close Encounters” and “You Light Up My Life”. The original screen tower burned down June 18, 1956 and was closed while building a new tower.

Kenmore on January 19, 2017 at 8:42 am

Address Correction

The Falls Motor Vu Drive-In was actually located on the east side of town per the opening ad page. Its address is 4300 2nd Ave N, Great Falls, MT.

Today, The Home Place, a business that sells prefabricated homes sits on the property. However, you can still see the ramps, entrance, and foundations of the projection booth/concession stand and screen. http://tinyurl.com/zxyjmwr

TomMc11 on April 24, 2018 at 7:21 am

Looks like The Home Place actually uses the base and the poles from the original marquee for their sign.

MichaelKilgore on November 28, 2019 at 11:47 am

Boxoffice, Aug. 11, 1975: “Carisch Theatres, headquartered in Wayzata, Minn., has assumed ownership of five theatres in Great Falls, Mont. The transaction was effective in mid-July and included the Twilight cinemas 1 and 2, the Twilight Drive-In, the Liberty Theatre, the Fox Holiday Theatre and the Falls Motor Vue Drive-In.”

MichaelKilgore on January 13, 2020 at 2:47 pm

Boxoffice, June 23, 1956: “Fire destroyed the $20,000 screen at the Falls Motor Vu Drive-In shortly before opening time on a recent Monday night. Owner-Manager L. A. Donohue said the 60x108-foot screen, a total loss, is insured for $20,000. Donohue said he believed the fire may have been started by children playing behind the screen, as four children came from the vicinity of the screen about 7:55 p.m. and told him it was on fire. The blaze was out of control before fire trucks arrived.”

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