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Spud Drive-In Theatre

Photo from the Spud Drive-In Theatre collection.
2175 S Highway 33
Driggs ID 83422
(208) 354-2727

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Record #648  
 Opened: July 3, 1953
Capacity: 76 cars
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The Spud is an old fashioned Drive-In Theater where you can watch a movie in the shadow of the Grand Teton Mountains. The theatre opened July 3, 1953 with a capacity of 76 cars. The current owners, Richard and Dawnelle Wood, bought it from Leo and Gladys Davis in 1987. They found out afterwards that the theater was built by Richard's great uncle.

The theater, which has always been known as the Spud, has a unique marquee -- a giant potato on a flatbed truck. The Woods had seen postcards with the a huge potato on a semi and thought it would be fun to duplicate it, only smaller -- since they raise seed potatoes in Teton Valley and seed potatoes are small. They looked for rocks that would work, but there was the problem of accessing and moving it. Then Richard found an ad in the paper that read "Ugly Old Truck, runs well." Sure enough it was ugly. They brought it home and gave it a new paint job. A friend, Larry Hull, helped build the spud. They blew insulation on a wood frame and then covered it in cement. It's unbelievable how many pictures are taken of that ugly old truck and it's potato.

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