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Motor Vu Drive-In Theatre

2004 Photo from the Grant Smith collection.
5368 S 1050 W
Riverdale UT 84405
(801) 394-1768

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Record #1565  
 Opened: June 21, 1947
Capacity: 1200 cars
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: Coleman's Motor-Vu Drive-In, Weber Motor-Vu
 Previously operated by: National General Theatres, ABC Intermountain Theatres

Information for this tour was contributed by Grant Smith.

The Motor-Vu Drive-In opened in 1947 [1] and is located about a mile off of Riverdale Road near the south of Ogden. With four screens on 23 acres and a capacity of up to 1,200 cars, the Motor-Vu Drive-In is the second largest drive-in theater in the state of Utah. [2]

In 1967 Fox Intermountain Theatres, a subsidiary of National General Corp., acquired operation of the Motor-Vu Drive-in. [3]

The current owner of the Motor-Vu Drive-In is Howard Coleman, who began working at the theater in 1952 as a lot boy. He worked his way up to manager before buying the drive-in in 1979. Coleman has no intention of selling the property and regularly turns away developers offering large sums of money. [2]

1. "Downtown S.L., Clearfield lose movie houses", Deseret News, 15 June 2000, page D7
2. "Time's running out for Utah drive-ins", Deseret news, 31 May 2000, Page A1
2. "S.L. Theater Will Park 1,056 Cars", Salt Lake Tribune, 25 April 1967, Page 20

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