Oak Hills Drive-In

Crestview Drive and Alton Way,
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

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Oak Hills Drive-In

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The Oak Hills Drive-In opened in 1951 with a car capacity listed at 400. The drive-in was located just southeast of the Hogle Zoo.

One feature of the drive-in was that residents just south of the drive-in could pay $50.00 for an installation fee for a speaker set up in their home and view the movies from their home. The theatre was owned by Fox Intermountain Theatres.

When the Oak Hills Drive-In closed in 1965 they built the Olympus Drive-In at 5600 South 900 East. The Oak Hills Drive-In was demolished in 1965 for a new subdivision.

Contributed by Chuck

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

ivanmlincoln on December 29, 2010 at 1:20 pm

The Oak Hills got a lot of national publicity when Life Magazine published a large color photograph showing Charlton Heston in a scene from “The Ten Commandments” with the lights of Salt Lake City spread out in the valley beyond the screen.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 29, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Thanks for the story.I had seen that picture before, missinglinc.

wpzephyr on June 17, 2011 at 9:30 pm

The Google map is showing the wrong address coordinates. These are two completely different address locations, not close at all. The Oak Hills was in the foothill area of the east bench in Salt Lake. The other address is south of downtown Sugar House.

correct: 2775 East 1000 South

incorrect: 2818 South 1000 East

bbowles84010 on December 6, 2013 at 2:56 pm

I am writing to correct your information This is not a theater called the Oak Hills theater. The photo was taken at the Romantic Motor-Vue theater on 3300 east and 3300 south (a Smith’s Marketplace is now in that location —– park in the parking lot & you can see a similar view to this 1958 view). The Motor-Vue theater was built by Eric and Thelma Peterson right after World War II. They sold it in 1960. We have the original letter from Life Magazine and other memorabilia from that theatre, including the furniture that furnished the Peterson’s home which was underneath the screen tower. You can see the lights of their home in the photo above. We also have photos inside their below-the-screen home that appeared in Redbook magazine.

NYozoner on December 27, 2016 at 8:56 pm

The address in the heading is invalid.

The correct address is:

Crestview Drive at Alton Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

This address fits with the description of “located just southeast of the Hogle Zoo” and is visible on the Historic Aerials website using 1958 and 1965 imagery.

DavidZornig on January 12, 2017 at 11:09 am

This 2008 article confirms the existence of the Romantic Motor View, as well as many others in Utah listed.


cscottpatterson on January 15, 2017 at 4:02 pm

Please see the ad in photos from the July 15, 1958 Salt Lake Tribune.

cscottpatterson on January 15, 2017 at 4:17 pm

The Oak Hills was a separate theater from the Motor Vu. I spent a lot of time at both. Both were on the east bench of Salt Lake City and faced west toward the Great Salt Lake. The empty space behind the screen in the photo is Bonneville Golf Course, still there today, and the location relative to other landmarks in the valley confirms that that the LIFE photo is definitely the Oak Hills Drive-in. The add from the July 15, 1958 Salt Lake Tribune, posted in photos, also confirms that. Actually, the Romantic Motor Vu was a pretty cool place for a little kid because they had a small zoo.

bbowles84010 on January 15, 2017 at 4:56 pm

The Motor-Vu was built by and owned by my wife’s grandparents. This Life Magazine photo (part of the life in America photo series) was taken at the Motor-Vu. Her grandparents saved the photographer’s letter thanking them for their gracious welcome and for helping him with his photo. They saved the letter along with the photo. We have that letter and photo along with Redbook magazine photos taken in their home that was underneath the screen tower, various telegrams, and other memorabilia. This photo was definitely taken at the Motor-Vu.

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