Utah Drive-ins

During the peak years of America's Drive-in boom
the state of Utah once hosted more than 30 Drive-ins.
Since their 50's heyday, 80% of them have either gone
dark or have been demolished, and presently there are
only 7 that remain in operation. Here is the list of
most-recent closings and all of the Utah Drive-ins
which remain open for us to enjoy and preserve:

  • Erda (Tooele County) Utah
    see:   Tooele, Utah

  • Mount Pleasant (Sanpete County) Utah
    Basin Drive-in:  801-462-2712
    located at 680 North State Street

    Utah's smallest Drive-in has a capacity for up to
    200 cars, with a single feature lighting its screen
    every nite - except Sundays - from Memorial Day
    thru Labor Day; open Fri/Sat during Spring and Fall.
    Admission: $4 per person (12&up);  $3 children 6-12.
    It's a great old fashioned Picture Show, but that aside,
    many of the locals drop-in just to cruise on over to their
    snackbar (their cheeseburger is the Top of the Charts).

    * What's in a Name? ..  the Basin Drive-in was originally
    located about 300 miles from here..  in the Uintah Basin
    of northeastern Utah. In 1958 it was purchased and then
    moved to its present location - and everything,  from the
    projection booth equipment, to the old screen and the
    sign outfront was carried over, including the old name.

  • Ogden (Weber County) Utah
    North Star Drive-in:   DARK
    located at 2131 North Highway 89

  • Ogden (Weber County) Utah
    see:  Riverdale, Utah

  • Orem (Utah County) Utah
    Timp Drive-in:   GONE
    formerly located at 150 North State

  • Provo (Utah County) Utah
    Pioneer Twin Drive-in:  801-374-0521
    located at 1255 S. State Street - Route 89
    (Nearby and east of Interstate-15)

    Currently leased out to and operated by the former
    owners of the now gone Art City Drive-in (Springville),
    the Pioneer is screening double features on each of
    its two screens; 7 nites in peak season; wknds only
    during spring and fall. Admission: $4.50 per person
    (for ages 12 & up); $1 per person for ages 6 thru 11.

 Riverdale, Utah

  • Riverdale (Weber County) Utah
    Motor Vu Drive-in:  801-394-1768
    located at 5368 S. 1050 West - Route 168
    (just off riverdale road; near Interstate-84)

    Utah's largest Drive-in has four screens, with a
    capacity for up to 1200 cars among them. Each
    of their screens is lit-up with double features in
    season (April thru October); audio via FM radio.
    Admission: $6 per person (12 & up); $1 age 5-11.
    Hosts a Flea Mkt SwapMeet Saturday & Sunday:
    Sat from 8am-Noon (25¢);  Sun 7:30am-2pm (50¢).

  • Roosevelt (Duchesne County) Utah
    Echo Drive-in:   435-722-2095
    located on Highway 40 West - ¼mi w. of town
    (situated 150 miles east of Salt Lake City)

    This solo screen venue has been in operation every
    season since 1956, and is presently open seasonally
    (mid-April thru LaborDay Wknd) on the weekends only.
    They are screening double features, and provide audio
    for the movies' soundtrack via FM (100.5) radio only.
    Admission: $6 per person (12 & up); $3 (ages 6-11).

  • Salt Lake City (Salt Lake County) Utah
    Redwood Drive-in Theatre:   801-973-7088
    located at 3688 S. Redwood Road, ½mi east of I-215
    (between West 3500 Street and West 3800 Street)

    The Redwood screens double features on each of
    its 6 screens, seasonally, April - October; audio: FM.
    Admission: $6 per person (12 & up); under age 11 free.
    Hosts a Flea Mkt on Saturdays & Sundays from 8am-3pm.

  • Salt Lake City (Salt Lake County) Utah
    Valley Vu Drive-in:   DARK
    located at 3560 South 4800 West

    Photo: © Stuart W. Johnson
 Springville, UT

  • Springville (Utah County) Utah
    Art City Drive-in:   GONE
    formerly located at 720 North Main Street

    After almost half a century, the big screen went dark,
    Season 2000 was its last .. the property has been
    sold .. in 2002 it's located along the Lost Highway!

  • Tooele (Tooele County) Utah
    Motor Vu Theatre:    435-882-2273
    located at 4055 N. State Hwy 36 (east side of 36)

    Season 2K will be the 53rd season for this old
    solo screen, altho- back during their 44th season,
    they were CentralCasting for Gone With The Wind
    (after a tornado wiped-out the screen), but it was
    replaced, and re-lit, and the show goes on .. with
    a capacity for just over 600 cars;   April - October;
    movie audio provided by AM & FM radio broadcast.
    Admission:   12&up $5; ages 62+ $4; 11&under free.

  • Vernal (Uintah County) Utah
    Sunset Drive-in:   435-789-2682
    located at 1620 Highway 40 - west of town
    (30 miles from the Utah / Colorado line)

    Utah's oldest Drive-in theatre was built back in 1939
    and was originally known as the Starlight Drive-in ..
    which had a wooden screen that was destroyed by
    a fire back in 1955. The Starlight was then acquired
    by its current owner who installed a big new screen
    and rechristened it The Sunset Drive-in. The Sunset
    has a capacity for up to 400 cars .. open seasonally
    Memorial Day thru Labor Day -- on weekends only.
    The old pole speakers were removed at the end of
    the last season of the last century; audio: FM (100.5).
    They screen double features on 1 ticket, Fri/Sat/Sun.
    Admission: $6 adults; $4 seniors; kids under 12 free;
    Sunday nite Carload Nite: all passengers $10/carload.

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