Former Cody Drive-in Theater Burns Down

Former Cody Drive-in Theater Burns Down

Written by on June 7, 2022

The Amusement Park Drive-In Theater, originally located in Cody, burned down in an electrical fire Monday. As one of the last remaining drive-in theaters of its kind in the U.S., it is unclear whether the structure will be rebuilt.

Amusement Park Drive-in Theatre courtesy of Facebook, prior to burning down

The wood-framed screen, built in the 1930s, moved from Cody, Wyoming to Laurel, Montana roughly seventeen years ago.

Owner Riley Cook and family said on Facebook, “For those of you that don’t know it is nearly impossible to find insurance for a seventy-year-old wooden drive-in screen.”

“Yes, it burned to the ground and there was no insurance on it,” Cook added.

As of now, the family is asking that folks, “do not do any Go Fund Me,” as they plan to take time to consider their options.

“We as a family have loved the drive-in and have been trying to rebuild it…We need to take a few days and look at our options,” Cook states.

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