Motor Vu Theater FAQ’s and Policies

Below are some of the more common questions we are asked and a list of general theater policies*.

If your question isn’t listed, please contact us through a message on our Facebook page for a response.

Gate Hopping and Trespassing

Sneaking into the theater is not a game. It is very dangerous and a violation of multiple laws.

Every person entering the theater must have a valid ticket purchased from the theater box office. The only exceptions to this policy are theater staff, law enforcement and emergency services personnel, and children 2 years of age and younger. Any person found trespassing on theater property (any person without a ticket) will be assessed a penalty admission rate of $24.00 or face trespassing charges. If you try to smuggle people into the  theater without paying for them, all persons in the vehicle will be assessed the $24.00 penalty admission rate or be referred to law enforcement for theft by deception and trespassing.

Can we bring our own food and snacks?

The majority of the price you pay for admission goes to pay for the rights to show the movies. In some cases, this can be 90% of the ticket price. Our theater operates almost exclusively from concessions sales. While we do not ban outside food items, we strongly discourage them.

How do we hear the movies?

The sound is broadcast over FM radio. To hear the shows, you will need a working radio. Stations are listed at the Motor Vu Theater and will not be shared through our social media.

Do you still show the movies if it is raining?

Yes. However, snow, fog, smoke, power outages, or excessive mud may result in canceled shows. When this happens we try to update our Facebook page with that information as soon as possible. Please be sure to follow us there for the most up-to-date information.


R-Rated Movies Policy

Persons must be at least 17 and may be required to provide a valid ID to verify age to purchase a ticket to an R rated feature. We reserve the right to require a parent or guardian to purchase a ticket for a person under 17. We also reserve the right to deny admission to a person under the age of 17 without a parent or guardian purchasing their ticket, or those who appear to be under the age of 17 and unable to produce valid photo ID.


The Motor Vu Theater does not accept nor participate in any manner in the MoviePass™ promotion.

When do you open/close for the year?

Our opening and closing dates are highly dependent on the weather. Mud, late snow, and cool temperatures limit how early in the Spring we can open. While cooling temperatures, school, and early snow affect how long we can remain open into the fall each year.

Generally, we open as close to the first weekend in May as possible, and run on our weekend only schedule until Memorial Day weekend. Then we are open 7 days a week, unless there is a weather event or private event, until school starts in August. Once school begins we move back to our weekends only 3 days a week schedule, and remain on that schedule into October as long as the weather holds. At the end of October we host a series of small, private events that close out our year.

Bring-back Buckets

We now offer a limited number of plastic popcorn tubs. These tubs are refillable on subsequent visits to the theater during the season they are purchased in. The proceeds from these sales help fund the annual maintenance on the projectors at the Ritz and Motor Vu that allows us to continue showing movies at the value we offer our patrons. More information on this program is available from our snack bar staff.

Buckets are only valid in the calendar year purchased, and are usable at the Ritz or Motor Vu Theaters. Each promotional period ends on 12/31 of the calendar year unless otherwise stated.

Is alcohol allowed?

The use, possession of, or being under the influence of alcohol, or illegal drugs is strictly prohibited in our theater. Persons found in violation of this policy will be referred to local law enforcement for appropriate action. According to Utah state law: “Consuming or having an open container of alcohol in the passenger compartment of a motor vehicle is prohibited. Also, as a general rule, a person may not bring an alcoholic beverage onto the premises of an establishment open to the general public”

When will you be playing …?

There are only a few movie companies that allow us to directly compete with the other theaters in the area because we provide such a great bargain to our customers. Generally, we only know the Monday before what will show the next week. We post the next week’s features as soon as we can.

Do you take credit cards?

We can accept most Visa, Discover, and MasterCard credit cards with a minimum purchase of $4.00 at both the snack bar and the box office. Some MasterCard debit cards (notably those issued by Key Bank) may be unable to be used on our reader as well. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Can we bring our dog?

Our policy on dogs is you must keep them under control and clean up after them if you bring them to the show with you. We highly recommend a leash due to the proximity to the highway. If your pet becomes a nuisance you may be asked to leave. The Motor Vu Theater accepts no liability if you pet harms another person or pet while in the theater.

Can we come in early for a party?

Normally the answer to this is no due to liability concerns.

How do Private Rentals/Events work, how much are they, and how do we book one?

Please see our Rentals and Events page for more information.

Are we hiring?

We generally only hire for the Ritz and the Motor Vu in April, just before the Motor Vu opens for the season. If you are interested in applying at that time, applications are available at the Ritz Theater in March and April by coming in in-person only. Positions are very limited, part-time only, and non-benefited.

Is smoking/vaping allowed?

As of 2015, smoking and vaping is allowed only in designated areas at the Motor Vu Theater. This area is the covered bench located on the North end of the third row.

Can we put a banner or political sign on your fence/marquee?

The fence line is private property, please do not place banners, signs for political candidates, or advertising on the fence without the permission of the owners. Even with our permission, these items may be removed by UDOT or Tooele County at their discretion. We reserve the right to remove, and dispose of, any materials posted on our fence line for any reason.

Can we bring in our RV or other large vehicle?

Over-sized vehicles are allowed only on the back 3 rows. The exit has a very tight turn that larger vehicles may not be able to make. There are also overhanging trees in several places on the property that can cause damage to larger vehicles. Because of this, we do not recommend RV’s or extremely large vehicles at the theater.

Lost and Found

We do have a lost and found for items our cleaning crews find left at the theater. If you think you lost an item and would like to check please contact us through our Facebook page, or you can come to the theater box office during normal business hours to inquire about your missing items. Items in our lost and found for more than a month may be discarded or donated to charity.

Can we walk into the theater?

If it is to meet someone inside yes, as long as you go through the entrance and purchase a ticket through the box office. If you attempt to enter the theater through the exit or by hopping a fence you will be assessed the penalty admission rate ($24.00) or face trespassing charges. The only entrance for the public is through the box office. Please have your party inform the box office that you will be arriving later and walking in. Once the box office closes (usually between 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours after the first show starts) we do not allow the public to enter the theater except in cases of emergency.

If you want to walk in to watch the shows without a car or meeting someone already in the theater with a car, we do not have seating or sound available. Sorry.


*We reserve the right to change, update, or modify any policy listed here without prior notice.