10th Avenue Drive-In

400 10th Avenue S,
Great Falls, MT 59405

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10th Avenue Drive-In

The 10th Avenue Drive-In was opened in September 1955. It was closed on September 1, 1974 with William Holden in “The Revengers” & Charles Bronson in “Red Sun”. Now a Holiday Inn on the site.

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rivest266 on December 18, 2016 at 9:06 am

This opened on September 30th, 1955. I uploaded its grand opening ad as well as a 1964 USGS aerial photograph in the photo section

SteveFratelli on December 18, 2016 at 10:34 am

This drive-in was featured in the 1974 film “Thunderbolt & Lightfoot” with Clint Eastwood & Jeff Bridges.

dallasmovietheaters on January 18, 2017 at 5:35 am

Appears to have closed on September 1, 1974 with “The Revengers” and “The Red Sun” which times out with a twenty-year lease.

MichaelKilgore on May 3, 2022 at 8:14 am

Boxoffice jumped the gun again. Boxoffice, July 30, 1955: “Great Falls, Mont. – Clarence Golder, operator of the Civic Center Theatre, has opened this city’s third drive-in in a period of six weeks. The new drive-in is located just south of Tenth avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets and has a capacity of 400 cars … The screen is 90 feet wide.

But two weeks later, Boxoffice, Aug. 13, 1955: “Great Falls, Mont. – Clarence Golder, owner of the Civic Center Theatre, will open his new Tenth Avenue Drive-In here in September. It will be the third drive-in here. The new drive-in will have a capacity of 400 cars, and the parking plan will more closely resemble an indoor theatre than an outdoor one. The screen will be 90 feet wide to accommodate CinemaScope.”

It finally opened, but in September or October? Boxoffice, Oct. 29, 1955: “Great Falls, Mont. - Clarence Golder, owner of the Civic Center Theatre here, has opened this community’s newest drive-in, the 450-car Tenth Avenue.”

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