Mission 4 Drive-In

3100 Roosevelt Avenue,
San Antonio, TX 78214

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MISSION DRIVE-IN Theatre; San Antonio, Texas.

The Mission Drive-In opened on March 27, 1948 on Roosevelt Avenue at Mission Parkway. It had a capacity for 760 cars and a seating area for 120 persons. The Mission Drive-In was later increased to four screens. It was the last remaining drive-in theater in the San Antonio area.

Santikos Theatres, which most recently operated the Mission Drive-In, announced in March 2007 the theater would not be opening for the 2007 season and its future was uncertain.

Parts of the theatre were taken down in May 2009 in preperation for redevelopment. However the structure and its massive screen will remain, as will its marquee. Open park space will allow for screenings of classic movies and other performances amid the coming offices and commercial development of the site.

Contributed by Oscar Gloria, Jr.

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Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on December 1, 2009 at 7:55 pm

Looks like vandals have started the demolition process on their own…


Patsy on December 2, 2009 at 6:14 am

I wonder if the name “mission” had anything to do with the fact the theatre is in Texas and the State where the City of Houston and Mission Control are located?

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on December 2, 2009 at 8:57 am

There are a number of Missions that served the people of the area in the 1700’s. The Alamo is one of them. San Antonio is rich in it’s Spanish heritage.

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Patsy on December 2, 2009 at 10:35 am

Yes, a number of Missions in Texas…..not just Mission Control!

DavidZornig on December 2, 2009 at 3:36 pm

Cue Track: “Burn Down The Mission"
-Elton John/Bernie Taupin.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on January 20, 2010 at 1:42 am

I was in San Antonio 1/20/2010 and heard on the radio the last of the concession stand will be demo'ed this week. Marquee will remain. Construction will start next week on a library.

DavidZornig on November 16, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Thanks for the pics Chuck. And may I say those are the fastest responding links I think I’ve ever encountered.

RoadsideArchitecture.com on July 4, 2011 at 11:01 am

The screentower being restored in April 2011.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on July 4, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Looks like in the last photo, they uncovered some glass blocks that must have been painted over at the very top of the structure. Glad to see it’ll look as it was originally intended.

sarider on September 24, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Link to photos of the restored Marquee/Main Screen Tower:


The city left room to hold community movie nights using the restored main screen.

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