Top 3 Drive-In Theater Spots in Utah

Movies are kind of a thing here in Utah but with all the mega plush movie theaters we think not enough drive-in theaters are getting the proper attention they deserve. Here’s three of the best from around the state.

Redwood Drive-in Theater

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Redwood Drive-in

This outdoor theater has been showing movies since 1948! Since then they’ve made a bunch of changes including a state of the art projector system. Broadcasting a movie through their powerful FM system makes movies feel more real than ever. So, grab the kids and load up the suburban. Located in West Valley City additional details can be found on their website.

Erda Drive-in Theater

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Motor Vu

Formerly known as Motor Vu Theater, Erda Drive-in started in 1947 and has been a staple in the Salt Lake Valley for generations. The theater features four screens and a digital projection system that will bring every movie to life. Not literally, but you know what we mean. One of our favorite things about this drive-in is their snack bar. Instead of having to pay $5.50 for a large coke, prices at the snack bar are much more reasonable and wallet friendly. What Megaplex or Cinemark serves dill pickles, custom energy drinks and four cotton candy flavors? All these and more can be found at the snack bar. Erda movie theater is located in Tooele and additional information can be found on their website.

Shooting Star Drive-in

Down in Utah’s Red Rock Country, near the Grand Staircase-Escalante Monument, which is awesome and you should totally go there, you’ll find Shooting Star RV Resort in Escalante. The resort has a Drive-in theater with a fleet of classic ’60s cars to watch an outdoor movie. We thought this was pretty cool and definitely worth checking out. Movies are shown on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Check out their website to find out more.

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Shooting Star Drive-in. Photo courtesy Visit Utah.

Movies in the Park

Whether you don’t have any sweet wheels, or your Prius just isn’t suited for comfortably sitting through all three hours of Oppenheimer, you can still watch films in the great outdoors. Check out these movies in the park hosted select days throughout the summer:

Movie Magic in the Mountains

Enjoy the sweet summer breeze and stunning mountain views at Solitude Mountain Resort. The ski resort screens free classic films on their Moonbeam Lawn every Thursday now through Aug. 31. View the whole schedule, and don’t forget a lawn chair and a blanket!

Friday Fun Nights

Riverton City hosts Friday Fun Nights all summer, which include food trucks, local vendor booths, live music and free outdoor movie screenings. Movies begin at dusk, weather permitting.

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Johnny Max Thomas
Johnny Max Thomas
Johnny is a former marketing intern at Salt Lake Magazine. He attended BYU and studied communications with an emphasis in news media. He is from the Los Angeles area and loves the scenery in Utah. When he is not in the office you can probably find him up on the slopes during the winter and trying to stay cool during the summer.

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