Motor-Vu Drive-In

3301 E. 3300 South,
Salt Lake City, UT 84103

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Previously operated by: Intermountain Theatres, Plitt Theatres

Architects: Paul K. Evans

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Motor-Vu Drive-In

Opened June 3, 1947 by Eric & Carl Peterson, the Motor-Vu Drive-In held 700 cars making it one of Salt Lake City’s larger drive-ins. By 1956 it was owned by S.L. Gillette and was located at 33rd South Street at 35th East Steet. One showing only each night of "Diary of Anne Frank". Surprized they never ran a second feature. This was on October 2, 1959. It was taken over by Intermountain Theatres from 1960. It was closed by Plitt Theatres in January 1976.

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on January 10, 2011 at 11:54 am


3300 South

Opening movie was NIGHT AND DAY in Technicolor, with Cary Grant & Alexis Smith.

More info and photos are always welcome.

In3rdmillennium on December 8, 2015 at 10:45 am

Ah yes, my two older Sister’s would borrow Dad’s car and take me with them to see movies here. I don’t remember any of them because I would fall asleep in the back seat.

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Drive-In 54 on December 8, 2015 at 11:17 am

In looking at the aerial from 1958 it looks like there was a DI across the street also. Anybody have a clue on that on?

dallasmovietheaters on March 5, 2017 at 10:22 am

The $65,000 Paul K. Evans architected Motor-Vu Drive-In launched June 3, 1947 for Eric and Carl Peterson. At the end of the 1953 season, the Petersons went large converting to a 105 foot wide CinemaScope compatible screen relaunching March 19, 1954 with “The Robe.” Sound was stereo using two Utah in-car speakers.

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Drive-In 54 on March 5, 2017 at 12:39 pm

The grand opening was June 7, 1947.

MichaelKilgore on November 26, 2019 at 2:07 pm

Boxoffice, Feb. 2, 1976, under Salt Lake City: “The Motor Vu Drive-In here, which was operated 15 years by ABC Intermountain Theatres and the last year by Plitt Theatres, has been closed permanently and is in the process of being demolished to make way for a new shopping center.”

MichaelKilgore on January 23, 2020 at 10:14 am

There was a very lengthy article in the June 13, 1960 Boxoffice about the apparent retirement of Eric Peterson, builder and owner of the Motor-Vu, which he had just leased to Intermountain Theatres. The article said the Motor-Vu “was the first ozoner in the Intermountain West” when it opened in 1947. “It was filled every night that first season and grew in popularity ever season after.”

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