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Olympus Drive-In Theatre

5600 S 900 E
Murray UT

Demolished Outdoor Theatre
Record #32969  
 Opened: June 21, 1967
 Closed: 1982
 Demolished: Yes (date unknown)
Capacity: 1056 cars
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Current Organ: none
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 Previously operated by: Fox Intermountain Theatres, National General Theatres

Information for this tour was contributed by Grant Smith.

Fox Intermountain Theatres opened the Olympus Drive-In on 21 June 1967 with Walt Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." With a capacity of 1056 cars, the $500,000 theater was "the largest drive-in in the intermountain area". [1]

The Olympus Drive-In was located at 5600 South and 900 East, across the street from the Murray City Cemetary. It was built as a replacement for the Oak Hills Drive-In, which was southeast of Hoggle Zoo and was demoshed in 1964 to make way for a new housing development.

The Olympus Drive-In was surrounded by an eight-foot-high cedar fence. The theater entrance had four traffic lanes to allow easy entry from busy streets. A new ramping system provided maximum comfort and view of the theater's 50 by 100 foot screen.

The projection building, located in the center of the parking area, included a modern snack bar and cafeteria. The Olympus Drive-In was open all year and had a play ground for children.


[1] "New Family Drive-In Opens in Murray", Salt Lake Tribune, 21 June 1967, Page 6

Other Sources:

"New Drive-in Movie Slated on 9th East", Salt Lake Tribune, 8 March 1967, Page 2B
"S.L. Theater Will Park 1,056 Cars", Salt Lake Tribune, 25 April 1967, Page 20



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