Oak Hills Drive-In

2775 East 1000 South,
Salt Lake City, UT 84106

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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.

Any further information on this drive-in would be appreciated.

Contributed by Chuck

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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.

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