Nu Vu Drive-In

572 Abajo Drive,
Monticello, UT 84535

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Nu Vu Drive-In

The tiny Nu Vu Drive-In was just west of Monticello High School. It was opened on May 28, 1954 with Alan Ladd in “Branded”. It remained intact through at least 1980. The site is a vacant lot today.

The 1955-56 Theatre Catalog listed the “No Vu” with a capacity of 150 cars, owner E. P. Corbin. The 1956-66 Motion Picture Almanacs agreed with the capacity and owner of the Nu Vu Drive-In. The drive-in dropped off the MPA list in 1977. The screen was taken down in August 1980.

Contributed by Michael Kilgore

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Kris4077 on July 31, 2019 at 7:19 am

“No Vu” That’s what happens when an SUV with a hatch parks in front of your car.

StanMalone on July 31, 2019 at 8:36 am

Very well put Kris. Most Drive in fields have ramps to point your vision towards the screen. With the coming of the mini van and later the SUV, which almost always back up the ramp, it is hard to see over the roof and impossible to see over the hatch. Add some kids sitting on top and you have whole rows unusable. I know of one location that tried to limit Van parking to behind the concession stand but that caused problems when the car area filled up and they had to park cars in the van area.

Vans, SUV’s, people parked with their foot on the brake, always on headlights, and radio sound for people who did not know the difference between the accessory switch and the ignition switch all combined to make modern day drive in management even more of a challenge than in the speaker pole era.

kennerado on October 8, 2019 at 4:36 am

The snack-bar actually sat there until mid 2005.

kennerado on July 8, 2020 at 1:05 am

Opened on May 28 1954 with “Branded”.

MichaelKilgore on August 24, 2020 at 9:19 pm

The San Juan Record (Monticello), Aug. 7, 1980: A local landmark, the screen to Monticello’s one and only drive-in theater, was razed Monday, August 4, by Leonard Howe, his son Riley, Hardy Redd, and with Julius Harvey as “supervisor.” This ended the hopes of any resurrection of the old “Nu Vu” theater which opened back in the early ‘50s. …

The construction of the “Nu Vu” was started in 1953 with Max Dalton furnishing the land and E.P. (Bud) Corbin doing the construction. It opened in 1954 and was operated by Bud and Arah Corbin. Arah ran the ‘snack bar’ which was constructed at the same time. In 1956 Max Dalton sold his interest in the theater to the Corbins.

Harry Randall purchased the “Nu Vu” from the Corbin family in 1957. At that time, Harry was also owner and operator of the “Little Theatre” in Monticello. Harry and his wife, Jerry, and family successfully ran the theater for 16 years selling to Leonard Howe in 1973. The Howe family ran the theater for four years and then sold it to Grayson Redd.

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