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Coleman's Motor-Vu Drive-In
5368 South 1050 West
Riverdale, Utah  84405
801 394-1768
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The three main ticket booths of the Motor-Vu Drive-In.  Behind them on the left is Screen 2.

Grant Smith, 7 September 2004

Coleman's Motor-Vu Drive-In
(Motor-Vu Drive-In, Coleman's Motor-Vu Drive-In, Coleman's Motor-Vu Drive-In, Weber Motor Vu Theatre)
 
5368 South 1050 West
Riverdale, Utah 84405
801 394-1768
http://motorvu.com/
 
Status:
Open 
Chain:
Ideal Theatres Inc. 
Auditoriums:
Total Cars:
1200 
Open:
21 June 1947  
 
The Motor-Vu Drive-In opened in 19471 and is located about a mile off of Riverdale Road near the south of Ogden.  With four screens on 23 acres and a capacity of up to 1,200 cars, the Motor-Vu Drive-In is the second largest drive-in theater in the state of Utah.2

In 1967 Fox Intermountain Theatres, a subsidiary of National General Corp., acquired operation of the Motor-Vu Drive-in.3

The current owner of the Motor-Vu Drive-In is Howard Coleman, who began working at the theater in 1952 as a lot boy.  He worked his way up to manager before buying the drive-in in 1979.  Coleman has no intention of selling the property and regularly turns away developers offering large sums of money.2

1. "Downtown S.L., Clearfield lose movie houses", Deseret News, 15 June 2000, page D7
2. "Time's running out for Utah drive-ins", Deseret news, 31 May 2000, Page A1
2. "S.L. Theater Will Park 1,056 Cars", Salt Lake Tribune, 25 April 1967, Page 20