Motor-Vu Drive-In

496 ID-39,
Blackfoot, ID 83221

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Motor-Vu Drive-In

The Motor-Vu Drive-In opened in August of 1949 and in November the Post-Register reported on the passing of Merrill Boyle, operator of the Motor-Vu Drive-In. Ironically Mr. Boyle had taken over the theater after it opened from the builder, Robert Bodenhamer, because Bodenhamer was too ill to operate it. Mr. Boyle, 50-years old, was a businessman and mayor of Blackfoot.

By 1954 the Motor-Vu Drive-In was owned by Al Barret of the Roxy Theatre and he announced the installation of a 100-foot screen for CinemaScope. A 1970’s International Motion Picture Almanac listed its capacity as 490 cars. A local citizen says that the Motor-Vu Drive-In closed in 1976.

Contributed by Ron Pierce

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jwmovies on September 10, 2016 at 3:13 am

This is now Powell’s Body Shop at 496 ID-39, Blackfoot, ID 83221.

MichaelKilgore on December 5, 2019 at 11:37 am

Boxoffice, Feb. 11, 1950: “One drive-in that will operate under a new owner this year is the Blackfoot Motor-Vu in Idaho, which was purchased by Albert Barrett, co-owner of the Roxy Theatre at Blackfoot, and Oscar Paisley, theatre operator of Couer d'Alene. They purchased it from the estate of the late Mayor Merrill C. Boyle.”

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