Motor Vu Drive-In

2095 N. Yellowstone Highway,
Idaho Falls, ID 83401

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MichaelKilgore on June 21, 2022 at 11:31 am

The Motor Vu continues its summer shows in 2022, per this KPVI news story. For four nights only, it’ll show “Jurassic Park” followed by another classic film, with all gate proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House of Charities of Idaho.

merlin_jones on November 27, 2020 at 12:22 pm

Motor Vu in Idaho Falls reopened in 2020 and plans to continue operating in 2021. They showed older films like Back to the Future and also used it for events such as high school graduation ceremonies.

MichaelKilgore on February 20, 2020 at 9:11 am

Boxoffice, April 1984: “Theatre Operators Inc., headquartered in Bozeman, Montana has acquired the theatre properties of D and D Enterprises, which consists of the Holiday and the Westwood in Rexburg, Idaho, the Rio, Center and Motor-Vu Drive In in Idaho Falls, the Nuart in Blackfoot, Idaho and the Roxy in Salmon, Idaho.”

dansdriveintheater on January 10, 2019 at 6:00 pm

it might not reopen because i have found a website that has pictures of a crane standing next to the outer fence of the drive-in which was demolished so although it isn’t confirmed i think it’s a safe bet that in the near future it will be demolished.

that would be sad because in 2016 the grand vu drive-in in twin falls was demolished!

MichaelKilgore on June 22, 2017 at 9:18 am

Speaking on the Idaho Falls' local TV station, owner Marcia Leonard made it official yesterday. The Motor Vu will not open for the 2017 season.

She maintains that selling the Sky Vu, still on the market with no buyers, would provide enough cash to buy a digital projector. Heaven forbid that it would be considered a cost of doing business. “We could (take out a loan), but because we are a seasonal business, I don’t want to go into debt,” Leonard said.

That TV station link includes a video so you can see what the Motor Vu looks like these days. Leonard says she hopes to reopen one day, and I hope she’s right. Until then, I’ve marked the Motor Vu as Closed in’s database.

MichaelKilgore on May 3, 2017 at 9:04 am

It’s the first week of May 2017, and the Motor Vu web site still shows Closed for the Season. No updates on Facebook or Twitter since August 2016. The GoFundMe campaign is still getting small donations, but it’s currently less than 1% funded.

Trolleyguy on July 10, 2016 at 6:41 pm

This theatre is currently open. The Sky Vu is closed. They are trying to raise funds for a digital projector.