Spud Drive-in Theatre Vows to Rebuild After Wind Storm

The Driggs drive-in's iconic movie screen was toppled by a wind storm Monday night.
Jedd Mumm
Co-manager of the Spud Jedd Mumm posed in front of the wreckage from Monday's storm on Tuesday afternoon. (Kyle Mackie/KHOL)

 

The iconic movie screen at the Spud Drive-in Theatre just south of Driggs was toppled by a wind storm Monday night.

Co-manager Jedd Mumm, who runs the theater with his wife, Katie Mumm, was trying to salvage the Spud’s larger-than-life Idaho license plate-style sign when KHOL stopped by the wreckage on a still-windy Tuesday afternoon. He emerged from a heap of broken, red-painted wood and metal that had held up the drive-in’s movie screen since it was built in 1953.

“It’s been a good screen for 70 years, and it finally got taken out by one of these massive wind storms,” Mumm said. “I came out at 11 [p.m.] and looked out and saw a car drive all the way past the screen, and I was like, ‘No way.’ And then the screen was gone–on its face, on the ground.”

Wind gusts in Driggs reached 55 mph around 9:30 p.m. Monday night, according to the National Weather Service. Despite the loss, Mumm said that the Spud’s owner, who lives in Florida, is committed to rebuilding the screen using insurance money–and to making the drive-in even better.

“Let’s rebuild it but let’s keep the nostalgia of the Spud,” Mumm said the owner told him. He also said the theater already had plans to make upgrades to some of the property this season.

“In April, already, we got someone coming in a couple days to redo the roof on the Spud Shack, the snack bar, so that’ll be good,” he said. “But now we’ve got the screen to do too.”

Wreckage of the Spud

The Spud’s movie screen fell over towards the east. No one on the property was injured during the storm. (Kyle Mackie/KHOL)

As of Tuesday afternoon, the beloved Teton Valley institution was calling on local residents to help pitch in on cleanup efforts in the coming days.

“How we rebuild it… like whether we do wood or how we do it with steel–I don’t know. We don’t know which way we’ll go yet,” Mumm said. “It’s all fresh.”

“We’re just grateful that no one’s hurt and we can move forward.”

 

The Spud

“Let’s rebuild but let’s keep the nostalgia of the Spud,” Mumm said the theater’s owner has vowed. (Kyle Mackie/KHOL)

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About Kyle Mackie

Kyle is a multimedia journalist who joined KHOL as news director in January 2021. Prior to moving West, she reported on education, immigration, racial justice and more for WBFO, the NPR affiliate in Buffalo, NY. With a background in international reporting, Kyle has also worked in Israel and the Palestinian territories and the Western Balkans. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international affairs and geography from The George Washington University and master’s degree in journalism from the City University of New York. When not out reporting, Kyle can usually be found trail running, climbing, skiing or grooving to live music.

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