Hamilton’s Pharaohplex Theater Opens, Drive-in is Planned
As Montana enters the next phase of re-opening from "Stay At Home" restrictions, Hamilton's Pharaohplex Theater on the northeast edge of town will being showing movies again Friday, May 22. Owner Joe McLean said the social distancing guidelines will be followed, with a 50 percent capacity in the theaters and $3 admission prices for the "legacy" movies on tap this weekend - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Despicable Me, Aquaman, The Hunger Games and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Check their website for showtimes. During the shutdown, the theater has been undergoing some remodeling and refurbishing, along with final planning for a brand new theater - outdoors.
Construction has begun on a new drive-in movie theater at the Pharaohplex, which will be located on the northeast corner of the theater complex (see photo). Joe said the 50-foot screen will be installed on the side of the existing building and the viewing area will include room for about 200 cars, along with a grassy area for lawn chairs. Concessions and rest rooms will be easily accessed in the main building. Sound will be broadcast to the cars on a low-power FM signal. He expected construction to be mostly complete by the end of June. It will be the first drive-in theater in the Bitterroot Valley since the Starlite Drive-in closed in the 1980s.
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