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An artist's rendering of the Olympus Drive-In shows the theater with a fence and surround by trees.  The screen is widescreen and flat.

Salt Lake Tribune, page C3
Date: 25 October 1964

Olympus Drive In
(Fox Olympus Drive-In)
 
5600 South 900 East
Murray, Utah
 
Status:
Demolished 
Total Cars:
1056 
Open:
21 June 1967  
Closed:
1982  
 
Fox Intermountain Theatres opened the Olympus Drive-In on 21 June 1967 with Walt Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."  With a capacity of 1056 cars, the $500,000 theater was "the largest drive-in in the intermountain area".1

The Olympus Drive-In was located at 5600 South and 900 East, across the street from the Murray City Cemetary.   It was built as a replacement for the Oak Hills Drive-In, which was southeast of Hoggle Zoo and was demoshed in 1964 to make way for a new housing development.

The Olympus Drive-In was surrounded by an eight-foot-high cedar fence.  The theater entrance had four traffic lanes to allow easy entry from busy streets.  A new ramping system provided maximum comfort and view of the theater's 50 by 100 foot
screen.
 
The projection building, located in the center of the parking area, included a modern snack bar and cafeteria.  The Olympus Drive-In was open all year and had a play ground for children.


1. "New Family Drive-In Opens in Murray", Salt Lake Tribune , 21 June 1967 , Page 6

Other Sources:

"New Drive-in Movie Slated on 9th East", Salt Lake Tribune, 8 March 1967, Page 2B
"S.L. Theater Will Park 1,056 Cars", Salt Lake Tribune, 25 April 1967, Page 20