31882 Del Obispo,
San Juan Capistrano,
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The Mission Drive-In, Orange County’s ninth drive-in, opened in November of 1966 with the double bill “Paradise Hawaiian Style” and “Night of the Grizzly”. The 710-car venue remained an independent until May 13, 1970 when it became part of Pacific Theatres. When it closed on September 9, 1985 it was one of three county drive-ins to close within a year of the Fountain Valley and Warner drive-ins closed the previous October.
The Mission’s closing left seven drive-ins out of what was once eleven, but the Harbor Boulevard would go in December of 1986. The reasons for these closing had to do some with a decrease in attendance but the deciding factor was the enormous increase in real estate prices. The Mission’s closing attractions were “Silverado” and “The Emerald Forest”. A shopping center was later built on the site.
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