Pioneer Twin Drive-In

1255 S. State Street,
Provo, UT 84606

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Previous Names: Pioneer Motor Vu Drive-In

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Pioneer Twin Drive-In

The Pioneer Motor Vu Drive-In was opened on May 23, 1947. It was operated by Marvin R. Cox. It was twinned on June 25, 1975, being renamed Pioneer Twin Drive-In. It was used for swap meets in the early-1980’s, along with movies. It closed on August 11, 2001 and was razed for a housing development.

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ghamilton on August 10, 2009 at 4:51 pm

I spent many happy hours there in the mid sixties and a very few later.

ghamilton on May 24, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Very popular with both locals and the BYU crowd for many years.What was so nice about the Pioneer,the Art City just to the South,as well as the two in Orem-they were CLEAN,safe and well-run.

ghamilton on May 25, 2011 at 7:01 am

SO-you are saying Utah is a “different” kind of place? You betcha.I liked you till you said you wore RED.(lol) I am glad I am old enough to have lived in downtown SLC when most of the old theaters still operated.Walking to those wonderful bygone places was a thrill I did not appreciate enough at the time.I still wait to see the final fate of the UTAH.

ghamilton on May 25, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Chuck,I’m just thankful that it,amazingly,has survived,mostly intact.Yes,SLC once had one of the finest collections of downtown movie venues.Remember TAMPICO,between Main & State,in an alley.That and the Heidelberg,were my favs for dates when coming up from Happy Valley.Were you around when the Sound of Mucus played for over a year on Main St.?

rivest266 on September 8, 2018 at 3:24 pm

This opened on May 23rd, 1947. Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on September 8, 2018 at 4:52 pm

Became a twin on June 25th, 1975

MichaelKilgore on February 1, 2019 at 10:17 am

Today, the local Daily Herald ran photos of “15 fun places in Utah County that sadly only exist in your memories”. One of them was of the dismantling of the Pioneer in 2002. According to the caption, the drive-in “closed in the summer of 2001 after owners Marv and Jeanie Cox sold the land.”

davidcoppock on February 1, 2019 at 11:29 am

Opened with “Irish eyes are smiling” and “Dark mountain”. First drive-in theatre in Utah.

davidcoppock on February 1, 2019 at 12:01 pm

Pipneer Twin drive-in opened with on screen 1 with “Tom Sawyer” and “The return of the Pink Panther” and screen 2 with “big Jake” and “Bite the bullet”.

50sSNIPES on August 9, 2023 at 3:47 pm

Closed on August 11, 2001, exactly one month before 9/11.

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