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Fire destroys Sunset drive-in movie theater, a Vernal landmark

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Posted: Saturday, July 6, 2013 10:20 am

A Vernal landmark - a favorite summer destination -  was destroyed by a fire.

The iconic Sunset drive-in burned down after its Friday night summer opening.

The cause of the fire is under investigation but it is believed to have been within the area of the concession stand.

“They think it was the deep-fat fryer that started the fire,” said Devanie Swank, granddaughter of the owner.

A Vernal landmark the original drive-in movie theater was built by the Shiner brothers in 1950.

“It's too bad, I can recall coming down here just to get a hamburger on Friday nights,” Swank said.

The call came into Central Dispatch around midnight, early Saturday, sending Vernal City firefighters scrambling back from a previous call.

By the time they arrived the box office and concession area of the main building were fully engulfed in the blaze.

The contents of the interior appear to be a total loss with only the projection booth and drive-in screen surviving the fire.


Read the full story in the July 10, 2013 Vernal Express edition.


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1 comment:

  • BusyBodyPrue posted at 11:44 am on Sat, Jul 6, 2013.

    BusyBodyPrue Posts: 0

    It's really unfortunate that you chose to poke fun at this tragedy. While the "Fast and Furious" joke may have been thought to be witty by some, I find it totally shameful.
    This is one of our greatest treasures in Vernal. Many of us spent our childhood summers in that dusty old theatre and still to this day continue to take our family to the beloved theatre, turning our Sunday night tradition into theirs.
    I guess not everyone feels the same way about about this local landmark. Many birthday wishes, welcome homes, happy bidding and funny rants were posted on that billboard when our favorite movies weren't billed acrossed it. It was more than just a old drive-in theatre. Maybe the editor and the writes of this article missed that. Or maybe I am just a sentimental fool who thinks you should have used better tact when publishing the demise of one of my favorite places.[angry][thumbdown]