Apr. 30: Motor Vu Drive-In Theatre, Riverdale UT

It’s Day 120 of my virtual Drive-In-a-Day Odyssey, the end of Month Four. My drive was a straight shot up the interstates, just about 40 minutes from the Redwood Drive-in Theatre in West Valley City to the Motor Vu Drive-In Theatre in Riverdale UT. The Motor Vu opened in June 1947 as a single-screen drive-in. According to a fine article in the Ogden Standard-Examiner, it…

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Apr. 29: Redwood Drive-in Theatre, West Valley City UT

It’s Day 119 of my virtual Drive-In-a-Day Odyssey. It only took about a half hour to drive back from the Motor Vu Drive In in Erda UT to the Redwood Drive-in Theatre in West Valley City, a suburb of Salt Lake City. According to its web site, the Redwood opened in 1948 as a single-screen drive-in and “was an immediate success, drawing movie fans from…

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Feb. 22: Basin Drive In Theatre, Mount Pleasant UT

It’s Day 53 of my virtual Drive-In-a-Day Odyssey. It was time for another long haul, over five hours through frequently yucky weather from North Las Vegas to the Basin Drive In Theatre in Mount Pleasant UT. Sure glad I’ve got snow tires! According to Cinema Treasures, the Basin opened in 1958 and upgraded to digital projection in 2013. It’s apparently the only movie theater…

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Utah’s Sunset Drive-In snack bar burns down

We’ve got sad news from Utah. The Sunset Drive-In in Vernal is closed indefinitely after a major fire Friday night. According to the Deseret News story, Uintah Fire District Chief Jeremy Raymond said it started with a grease fire from the Sunset’s deep-fat fryers. Raymond called the combination box office and concession building “a total loss.” The Vernal…

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Shortest double feature ever?

Here’s a tiny anecdote that doesn’t really mean anything. I noticed that over at the Redwood Drive-In (West Valley City UT), they’re showing Epic followed by 42 as one of their double features. That’s six characters. Has there ever been an actual drive-in movie double feature with fewer than six characters in the titles? (And…

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