In June 2005 I received an e-mail from Anthony Arizpe about the Mission Drive-In in San Antonio Texas
here are his comments......
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 abovementioned 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 has been planted with grass, the larger screen was removed
and they now show movies and have outdoor performances there. There is a nice old photo of the mission
which shows it in it's full original glory at this site.
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.