These images from the Salt Lake County Planning and Development Photograph Collection show great aerial views of the Redwood Drive-In Theatre, located at 3688 South Redwood Road, in 1979.
According the theater’s website, the drive-in was opened in 1948. The first drive in theater in the United States, “The Automobile Movie Theater,” was opened by Richard Hollingshead in Camden, New Jersey in June 1933. At the height of their popularity in 1958, there were approximately 5,000 drive-in theaters in the United States.
Of course another key part of the movie watching experience is the snack food, and this photo captured by the Salt Lake County Tax Assessor in 1977 shows the snack bar and office of the Redwood Drive-In as it appeared in 1977.
Though drive-in theaters aren’t as popular as they were in the 1950s, there are still approximately 400 theaters in the United States like the Redwood Drive-In where you can watch a movie on the big screen from the comfort of your own car.
Blog post contributed by Dr. Jenel Cope, Salt Lake County Archives Processing Archivist