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rick douglas, salt lake city, 20 June 2004

Salt Lake County archives record the drive in was built in 1951 at 2775 East 1000 South in Salt Lake (above the mouth of Emigration Canyon and just southeast of the Hogle Zoo). In 1958 my parents broke ground on our new home in Oak Hills, about 100 feet south of the perimeter fence surrounding the Oak Hills Drive In. To accomodate such close residential proximity, the Drive In's oweners allowed monaural speaker connection to any homeowner willing to shell out the $50 installation fee, such as my parent's, Jack & Fern Douglas. The result? Free movies with sound from the comfort of our balcony or out our home's north windows!

Oak Hills Drive In played all the Disney classics ("Pollyanna", "Big Red", etc.), super-spy Sean Connery/James Bond adventures ("Goldfinger", etc.), as well as mainstream movies like, "Von Ryan's Express".

Ultimately, urban development crowded out most of the nostalgic drive in locations, making the ground under them worth more than the revenue generated by them. By the mid-1960s, the Oak Hills Drive In was demolished for housing that eventually wiped out all trace of its existence.
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