Motor-Vu Drive-In

5368 S. 1050 W,
Riverdale, UT 84405

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Motor-Vu Drive-In

The Motor-Vu Drive-In opened in 1947 with a capacity for 1,200 cars. This four screen drive-in remains open today.

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SteveSwanson on November 26, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Nice family run drive-in. I made my only visit back in 2002. It looks like they have remodeled the snack bar since then, gone the ‘retro’ look. I got the chance to talk to the owner, Howard Coleman. He basically worked his way up in the theater business over 30 years.
The drive-in is right off I-84, but there is enough of a buffer in between, that I didn’t really notice any distractions. The last field to added, #4, has no ramps, so the screen is higher up than normal. Each field has their own booth as well & they are going open the 2014 season with digital pictures.

DavidZornig on April 16, 2017 at 9:28 am

1948 print ad added courtesy of Rod Nelson.

NeonMichael on April 30, 2017 at 7:18 pm

There’s a good article from 2016 in the Ogden Standard-Examiner. “The original theater had only one screen. Two more were added in the 1980s, and a fourth was added in 1996.” It said that current manager “Brent Coleman’s family has worked at the cinemas since his dad (Howard Coleman?) started as a Motor-Vu lot boy in 1952. He bought the drive(sic) in 1979.” Regarding current ownership, “(Brent) Coleman now co-owns the Motor-Vu with his two brothers, who also operate theater chains on opposite coasts of the country.”

Much more here:

NeonMichael on April 30, 2017 at 7:27 pm

And by the way, the IMPAs list the Motor Vu in Ogden and only one screen all the way to 1988, the last IMPA drive-in list. Sometimes I wonder whether the details on the IMPA lists are ever accurate.

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