Big Sky Drive-In

405 Main Street,
Billings, MT 59105

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Previous Names: City-Vu Drive

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Big Sky Drive-In

The City-Vu Drive-In opened June 27, 1951 with Bud Abbott & Lou Costello in “Here Come the Coeds” & Maria Montez in “Gypsy Wildcat”.

The Big Sky Drive-In was closed on September 2, 1979 with Goldie Hawn in “Foul Play”, Peter Falk in “The Brinks Job”, Jack Nicholson in “Goin' South” & Ruth Gordon in “Harold and Maud”. It was demolished in spring of 1998. Now a Target store.

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rivest266 on May 17, 2018 at 3:31 pm

This opened as the City-Vu Drive-In on June 27th, 1951. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

rivest266 on May 18, 2018 at 4:13 pm

The Big Sky Drive-In opened on June 10th, 1965. Grand opening ad in the photo section. Closing year to come.

DRIVEIN101 on September 7, 2018 at 10:17 am

Final night of operation was September 2, 1979 with “Foul Play”, “The Brink’s Job”, “Goin' South” and “Harold & Maude”. Plans were made to build a new Holiday Inn on the drive-in site, but that apparently fell through as the drive-in remained standing until it was demolished in spring 1998.

MichaelKilgore on November 25, 2019 at 11:53 am

Elaborating on Drivein101’s note, here’s a quote from Boxoffice, Sept. 24, 1979: “Theatre Operators Inc., headquartered in Bozeman, Mont., held a special celebration to mark the closing of its Big Sky Drive-In Theatre in Billings, Mont. The Big Sky is being dismantled and the ground will be used for the construction of a new Holiday Inn Motel. The final program was called a "Chicken Little Night” because the Big Sky is falling."

MichaelKilgore on December 30, 2019 at 4:31 pm

Boxoffice, Sept. 8, 1951: “Billings' newest drive-in, the City-Vu Drive-In, opened this summer a mile east of town just off Highway 10. It has three-way exits which open onto two highways for quick and safe departure. Steve Trenka, who opened the ozoner, has been busy nearly a year on the new theatre and did most of the work himself.”

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