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1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 233 (222)

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition
1948-49 Theatre Catalog
1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 233
Page 233

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 233

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How the Petersons of Salt Lake City Built Their ttDiceairii-House,9 Right in Their Theatre

When the Editors heard of a drivein owner who had developed a design-for-living, and for working, that made them just a little envious, it was decided to rush through an editorial and picture study of his plan even though it was currently in the center of the ilsnow country/5,. Mr. Andersonis story is the result.

The author points out that a contemporary periodical, The New York Times, erred in referring to this theatre as lismoke curling from behind a theatre screenii. It sounded very nice, but he says: ilAs my piece points out, the house is electrically heated. There ath no smoke, nohowll,

To join the crowd of the enviouse read on!

Therels living space-and plenty of it ifor Erick C. Peterson and his family directly beneath the screen and stage of his Motor-V11 Theatre at the base of the Wasatch Mountains on the eastern edge of Salt Lake City. And the home Peter

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By BRYCE W. ANDERSON (Photographs by Willard L. Arueseth)

son has built there is no ordinary one. It is as unusual as its location, and as modern as the in-car speakers that carry Motor Vu Theatrels sound to its patrons.

There are eight rooms in the uniquelyplanned home, plus bathroom, a powder room adjacent to the kitchen, and spacious closets. Floor space is more than 1800 square feet.

No cramped apartment, the Peterson menage has a 15x241/z-f00t living room; 14x14 master bedroom; 10x12 second bedroom; 11x20 kitchen and breakfast nook; 10x22 utility room; 10x22 shop devoted to repair of theatre equipment; 10x12 theatre reception room; 9X10 sound studio; 7x10 master bath, and 4x5 powder room. Its largest closet is 4x6 feet.

Picture windows, commanding beautiful views of the Salt Lake Valley, and the latest alleelectric equipment are among its features.

The home was not built when Peterson first constructed the drive-in theatre. It was an Hafterthoughtll.

ttWe found that my son Carl and I were up until far into the morning because of the necessity of being at the

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theatre constantly until after it closed for the night, then driving home/l the senior Peterson relates. thur first season wore us to shadows.

"The theatre location is such as to provide one of the best view sites in Salt Lake Valley. Others pay premium prices for home building lots with less advantages. We decided we could build a comfortable home with a beautiful view right on the site, and incorporate it into the theatre tower so that we could be at home and still at work."

Although the Motor-Vu drive-in was designed by Paul Evans, Salt Lake theatre architect, Peterson went to another specializing ' home architect, E. W. Graham, for plans for the living quarters. Several plans were drawn and dis* carded before one was accepted which provides spacious windows, hosts of modern comforts, roominess, accessibilitye and privacy.

Work on the home was started by John E. Burbidge, Salt Lake contractor, in July, 1948eat the height of the summer drive-in season. While crowds nightly viewed the show at the Motor-Vu,

FLOOR PLAN for Mr. Peterson's house. The shuded area is under the screen tower and stage apron, which limits room height to 78 inches. The balance has standard 3 loot ceilings.

1948-49 Theatre Catalog, 7th Edition, Page 233