Twi-Lite Cinema Center

105 Smelter Avenue NW,
Great Falls, MT 59404

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Previously operated by: Carisch Theatres

Previous Names: Twilite Drive-In

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Twi-Lite Cinema Center

The Twi-Lite Cinema Center was a three-screen theatre with a single screen, seasonal outdoor theatre and two indoor screens. The Twilite Drive-In was opened on August 10, 1952 with Bud Abbott & Lou Costello in “Comin' ‘Round the Mountain” & Stephen McNally in “Apache Drums”. It was operated by George Buzzas & L.A. Donahue. It had a capacity for 225 cars, later increased to 400 cars. Only the outdoor screen was operational until January 27, 1971 when the Cinema Center was at full strength with the opening of the indoor Cinema I at 500 seats and Cinema II at 300 seats with a soft launch followed by a grand opening two days later. It was taken over by Carisch Theatre in July 1975.

In 1994, the Cinema City lost a screen when the Twi-Lite Drive-In was bulldozed. On February 28, 1998, the Twi-Lite closed with a final showing of “Titanic” going out a winner. The property stayed vacant for four years before being converted into a senior living center appropriately called the Twilite Center.

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Denny Pine
Denny Pine on September 7, 2018 at 1:23 pm

Grand opening of the Twi-Lite was on August 10, 1952 with “Comin' ‘Round The Mountain” starring Abbott & Costello, and “Apache Drums” starring Stephen McNally and Colleen Gray

ChrisAckerman on July 25, 2020 at 8:05 pm

105 Smelter Avenue NW, Great Falls, mt seems to be more accurate of a location. 201 is a good half a mile away.

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