Mission 4 Drive-In

3100 Roosevelt Avenue,
San Antonio, TX 78214

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Previously operated by: Act III Theatres, Santikos Theatres

Architects: Morris L. Levy

Previous Names: Mission Drive-In, Mission Twin Drive-In

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Mission 4 Drive-In

The Mission Drive-In opened by Statewide Drive-In Theatres on March 27, 1948 with Maria Montez in “Pirates of Monterey”. It was located on Roosevelt Avenue at Mission Parkway. It had a capacity for 760 cars and a seating area for 120 persons. The Mission Drive-In gained a second screen on April 12, 1957. It 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 4 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.

Recent comments (view all 39 comments)

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 17, 2010 at 2:10 am

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

RoadsideArchitecture.com
RoadsideArchitecture.com on July 4, 2011 at 7:01 pm

The screentower being restored in April 2011.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on July 4, 2011 at 9:46 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
sarider on September 24, 2011 at 10:53 pm

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

http://www.flickr.com/photos/83379080@N00/sets/72157627743715264/

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

rivest266
rivest266 on January 13, 2020 at 12:01 am

Two screens opening on April 12th, 1957. Grand opening ad posted.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on January 13, 2020 at 7:11 am

Opened on 27/3/1947 with “The pirates of Monterey”. Opened with two screens on 12/4/1957 with “The wings of eagles” and “The fastest gun in the west”.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on January 13, 2020 at 7:13 am

Is the screen that is still there, the original screen?

dansdriveintheater
dansdriveintheater on March 18, 2021 at 5:53 pm

only the main screen and marquee remain however google maps lists it as open! please update

driveinfan
driveinfan on March 19, 2021 at 1:43 pm

The property is not used as an actual drive in theater anymore.

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