Autorium Drive-In

345 W. 21st S,
Salt Lake City, UT 84115

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Autorium Drive-In

The Auditorium Drive-In was located in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was opened June 5, 1947. Later the name was shortened to Autorium Drive-In. It held 500 cars and was owned by Ray Wilmart. Showing October 2, 1952 was "Imitation General" and "Rock-A-Bye Baby".

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 29, 2010 at 12:07 pm

I was really surprised these theatres weren’t all ready on CT.Salt Lake City is a pretty good size city.I left a lot of theatres off thinking the names might have changed.

dallasmovietheaters on July 8, 2015 at 12:20 pm

Opened at 345 W. 21st South on June 5, 1947 with “Northwest Mounted Police”.

GaryD on November 1, 2015 at 4:40 pm

My father, the late Melvin Stratton Draper was involved in the creation and operation of this, the first drive-in movie theater in the city of Salt Lake City Utah.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on November 1, 2015 at 4:48 pm

Great photos GaryD..

MichaelKilgore on May 4, 2020 at 9:16 pm

The Autorium was called that from the time it opened, based on stories and ads in the Salt Lake Tribune.

Also, it moved. Aerials from 1950 and 1958 showed a drive-in at 345 W. 21st South, but the 1962 photo showed buildings there in its place. The Autorium’s 1955 ads still said “2nd West & 21st South,” but its 1956 ads included the address of “2546 South 2nd West,” the current 2600 S 300 W. (SLC’s street names confuse me, but I digress.) Aerials showed a drive-in at that location intact through at least 1965 but gone by 1971.

The Autorium was still advertising in the Tribune in September 1964, though I couldn’t find any ads for it in 1965.

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