Mission 4 Drive-In
3100 Roosevelt Avenue,
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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
News About This Theater
- May 27, 2009 — Parts of iconic Mission Drive-In come down
- Mar 22, 2007 — Mission 4 Drive-In closed
- Jan 6, 2004 — San Antonio's Last Drive-In Survives and Thrives
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.
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Thanks for the pics Chuck. And may I say those are the fastest responding links I think I’ve ever encountered.
The screentower being restored in April 2011.
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.
Link to photos of the restored Marquee/Main Screen Tower:
The city left room to hold community movie nights using the restored main screen.
Two screens opening on April 12th, 1957. Grand opening ad posted.
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”.
Is the screen that is still there, the original screen?
only the main screen and marquee remain however google maps lists it as open! please update
The property is not used as an actual drive in theater anymore.