San Antonio’s Last Drive-In Survives and Thrives
SAN ANTONIO, TX — When the Mission Drive-In opened in 1948, it was one of less than 100 outdoor theaters in Texas. By the golden years of the drive-in, the 50s, Texas had more than 500.
Since those days, the Mission, once just one of a number of San Antonio-area drive-in theaters, has survived the rise of large indoor megaplexes, cable, video and DVDs and the closing of all the other drive-ins in the area, according to a report in the San Antonio Express-News.
The Mission, a four-screener today, was nearly closed by its 90s operator, Regal Cinemas in 2001, but was taken over that year by Cinemark.
Last year, the Mission celebrated its season-opening with a 50s-themed including live music, food and dunking booths. Currently closed for winter, the Mission will reopen on March 1st.