Sage Drive-In

530 S. 24th Street W,
Billings, MT 59102

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Previously operated by: Carisch Theatres

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Sage Drive-In

The Sage Drive-In was opened August 18, 1950 with Glenn Ford in “The Man From Colorado”. It was operated by Allen Klindt.

It expanded to four screens on September 1, 1978. It closed on September 10, 1983 with “An Officer and a Gentleman”, “Cheech & Chong Still Smokin'”, “Trading Places”, “Breathless”, “Fast Times at Ridgmount High” & “First Blood”. Entrance is now Barnes and Noble.

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rivest266 on May 19, 2018 at 9:41 am

4 screens opening on September 1st, 1978 and closed at the end of the 1983 season. The 1978 grand opening ad can be found in the photo section. It was operated by Carisch Theatres, Inc.

DRIVEIN101 on September 7, 2018 at 9:47 am

Final night of operation was September 10, 1983 with “An Officer & A Gentleman”, “Cheech & Chong Still Smokin'”, “Trading Places”, “Breathless”, “Fast Times At Ridgemont High” and “First Blood”.

MichaelKilgore on January 6, 2020 at 7:37 am

Boxoffice, March 20, 1954: “High winds recently hit the Sage Drive-In here, ripping off board siding on the front of the 60-foot screen structure, collapsing the marquee and wrecking neon light signs. Manager Allen Klindt said workmen were remodeling the steel-framed structure when the wind struck. He estimated damage at between $5,000 and $6,000.”

MichaelKilgore on November 26, 2021 at 8:20 pm

A nice description by Wilfred P. Smith, writing in Motion Picture Herald, June 11, 1955: “On a trip to Montana I was particularly impressed by the approaches and exits of the Sage drive-in at Billings. Along beautiful macadam drives were 8x8-ft. luminous paintings based on famous paintings of western scenes. They were spectacular. One painting was of a coyote howling in the night, silhouetted by a bright new moon; another depicted a cowboy on a bucking bronco. Paintings were used here in lieu of shrubs and trees because of the short season for plants.”

Kenmore on November 27, 2021 at 5:33 pm

ROI Call Solutions sits on most of the property. You can still see the parch marks from some of the ramps just to the north of the building.

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