Mission 4 Drive-In

3100 Roosevelt Avenue,
San Antonio, TX 78214

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davidcoppock on January 12, 2020 at 11:13 pm

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

davidcoppock on January 12, 2020 at 11:11 pm

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”.

rivest266 on January 12, 2020 at 4:01 pm

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

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.

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.

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

The screentower being restored in April 2011.

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.

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 December 2, 2009 at 3:36 pm

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

Patsy on December 2, 2009 at 10:35 am

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

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 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 1, 2009 at 7:55 pm

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


DavidZornig on December 1, 2009 at 5:48 pm

Some of the photos and links about the reuse are now dead. Did this place ever actually get torn down?

Patsy on September 23, 2009 at 4:05 pm

This theatre with the 4 screens was quite unusual. Loved the night photo with the lighted glass and stars above in a Texas sky.

UnknownCinemaDude on June 13, 2009 at 9:35 pm

some more photos here that might be intresting to everyone that is into drive-in.

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UnknownCinemaDude on June 13, 2009 at 9:32 pm

some more photos of the old mission 4 drive-in
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kencmcintyre on November 23, 2008 at 6:57 pm

Here is a November 2008 article about re-use:

conky on June 16, 2008 at 12:17 am

SHAME!! I was just asking about this on another part of the site (link below). So is it gone? SO many good memories there, and i’m only in my early 20’s. This truly saddens me. I wish there was something we could have done. I would have loved to go there regularly, but it became increasingly difficult as I live on the far Northside of San Antonio and you all know of the current gas/economical downward spiral…
Having said that, I guess it’s understandable. RIP!

I now go to the Paladium at The Rim off La Cantera as it is much closer to home, and while it is an extremely nice theatre, it’s not quite as special as The Mission Drive-In was; but then again, not many things are these days!

Lovely photos Lost Memory! Quite a fitting username as well.


kencmcintyre on February 11, 2008 at 4:36 pm

Drive-ins.com has some additional photos:

Good news in September 2007, followed by bad news as posted on 10/11/07:

Superdude37 on October 11, 2007 at 1:26 pm

Its a done deal the city approved the contract to by the old gal and the city did say that they were going to tear her down!

insane on October 10, 2007 at 11:49 pm

i am so mad because of all this bull**** so now wat?

Superdude37 on October 10, 2007 at 1:43 pm

Sorry to say that santikos has already signed a the paperwork with the city to purchase it for 3 million the only thing standing in the way now is for the city to vote on thrursday for appoval of the deal and then the mission will be torn down!