Logan Drive-In Theatre|
1900 West Highway 89
(On or Before 1947 - After 1959)
The oldest known advertisement for the Logan Drive-In Theater is for A Lady Takes a Chance, staring Jean Arthur and John Wayne, opening on 24 July 1947.
The Salt Lake Telegram included "Login Drive-In Theater, Inc." in a list of new corporations on 1 September 1947. With $20,000 in capital, the purpose was "to engage in general theater businessand especially the drive-in type." Elmer H. Brown served as president, with Lucille P. Jacobs, vice president; Maxine S. Brown, secretary; Joseph L. Jacob, treasurer and general manager. All were residents of Roy, Utah.
Newspaper ads at the beginning of the Summer 1949 season indicated the business was under new management. The Logan Drive-In Theatre was listed in the "Business Opportunities & Business Propery" section of the Salt Lake Telegram in October 1949, with the text, "Reasonable, can be financed. Call Elmer Brown, Ogden, Utah."
The Logan Drive-In had a poured-concrete screen tower with a wooden movie screen on the front. A cinderblock building about 50 yards back housed the movie projector and snack bar. A small building at the back of the lot held the theater's restrooms. After the theater closed and was convered to a car junkyard, the back side of the screen tower was painted white with a promotion for Utah State University.
Friend Weller, a local historian, visited the site in the early 1990s and found several artifacts of the old theater largely undisturbed, including the "largely collapsed and overgrown" snack bar and a handful of old drive-in speaker poles which had been pulled from the ground and left along the edge of the property.
In September 2021, the Logan Planning and Zoning Commision approved a site plan for a combined convenience store, gas station, and restaurant, although the property owner, Blake Dursteler, said at the time that the project was only conceptual and not necessarily a certainty.
1. "Logan Drive-In", cinematreasures.org
2. "New Corporations", Salt Lake Telegram, 1 September 1947, page 15
3. "Drive-in theater site could soon become convenience store", Herald Journal, 27 November 2021
4. "Advertisements", Logan Drive-In Theatre (Logan)