21-ton, 60-foot Drive-In Movie Screen Friday Proves Ticklish Task to Erect

Vernal Express, 27 June 1957, page 1
The ticklish task of erecting the 21-ton, $10,000 galvanized steel movie screen at Sunset Drive-In, formerly the Starlite, west of Vernal, was completed Friday.

The new giant is 60 feet high and 100 feet wide and will handle both wide-screen and cinemascope projections, according to Alson and Deward Shiner, joint operators of the Sunset and Main and Vernal theatres.

In addition to the new screen, a building is being erected to house the new projection and sound equipment. Garn Swain and Eldon Perry are constructing the building. The number of speakers will be increased from 300 to 400.

A special feature will be attractive landscaping around the car area and building a roof garden on the projection building equipped with speakers, where patrons may enjoy refreshments and watch the movie at the same time.

New wiring is being installed to insure effective sound reproduction.

No definite date has been set for completion of the new drive-in but the owners said they hoped to open shortly. The construction began May 14, shortly after a fire had destroyed the old screen.

Contractor for the new screen is Intermountain Theatre Supply of Salt Lake City who sub-contracted the work to W. D. Fredrickson of Roosevelt and Carl Clark of Salt Lake City. Turner Construction Co. participated in the task.

After the screen was constructed, Mr. Clark lay on his back under it, as it was propped up and sprayed it white. The legs of the screen have been welded onto a steel and concrete base ten feet deep, with 12 feet wide abutments underground.

Two huge derricks were employed to hoist the new screen. Crane operators were B. M. (Red) Stewart of Vernal and Paul Bethers of Heber City. Behind the cranes two big caterpillars aided in the big pull.

A recent contest determined the new name of the large, brand new movie drive-in. The winning entries were submitted by Phillip Brewer and Elaine Humphreys.