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Mission Drive-In, San Antonio, Texas

In June 2005 I received an e-mail from Anthony Arizpe about the Mission Drive-In in San Antonio Texas here are his comments......

"First opened in '47,I have an ad from the 70's when it was a twin, and don't know if it was a twin originally. I also don't know when the other two screens were added. It was bought by Santikos Theaters in '01, and shows first run movies now. I saw Kill Bill there. It's a shame they painted over the glass bricks at the top of the column. I understand that it used to be lit when there was a simple marquee up there too. Now the marquee is where the booths are. Very Six Flags-y.
Enjoy,
Anthony Arizpe"


Here are a couple of photos Mr. Arizpe sent to me in 2005.


Mission Drive-In

Like the 271 Drive-in in Paris, Texas and the Jefferson Drive-in in Dallas this one has an art deco look to it as well. According to information online, it was built in 1948 which puts it in the same few years as the build dates of the above mentioned two theaters. Also like the 271 theater in Paris this screen tower had a larger screen added at one time. This screen tower is truly massive and appears to be built out of concrete block. The other three screens were all demolished after these photos were taken but this main screen tower remained until it was beautifully restored and is now known as Mission Marquee Plaza. The paved area for cars has been planted with grass, the larger screen was removed and they now show movies and have outdoor performances there.


Misson Drive-in Screen And Parking Area

Here is the large main screen as seen from the screen side. This was removed when the screen tower was restored. This paved area is all grass now.

Links To San Antonio Theaters Site and a Mission Drive-In Article and Facebook Pages

San Antonio Theaters web site with dozens of Mission Drive-In photos.
http://www.satheatres.com/Mission_Drive-In_Theatre.php

Article about the Mission Drive-In that includes a great photo of the theater when it was opened.
http://therivardreport.com/historic-mission-drive-thru-hopeful-attempt-bring-city-san-antonio-together/

Facebook Mission Drive-in
https://www.facebook.com/MissionDriveIn/timeline?ref=page_internal

Facebook Mission Marquee Plaza
https://www.facebook.com/MissionMarqueePlaza


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