Mission Drive-In

31882 Del Obispo,
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

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hondo59 on January 28, 2012 at 2:09 am

Hi Enginecap,

Who painted the Mission Drive-in sign? I have the hanging one – about 1 foot by 8 feet long. It hangs beautifully over my car each night when I pull it in. Great memory. Hondo59

enginecapt on June 28, 2009 at 3:07 am

I know who painted that sign.

hondo59 on September 4, 2008 at 4:57 pm

I have the Mission Drive-In wooden sign hanging in my garage in New Jersey.
My parents and I stopped in San Juan and the Mission Drive-In during a cross-country trip in August 1976. We were tired and on our way back from a visit to San Diego when we saw the screen off of I-5 (The 5). However, we all fell asleep during a mediocre double feature – FREEBIE AND THE BEAN and GATOR – and woke up alone at 4 am.
I have the ticket stubs.

Several years ago, much to my amazement, I came across the sign over the internet. A fellow had it in his back yard in Long Beach CA was trying to find a home for this piece of memorabilia. We struck a deal to have it sent to NJ.

mdrackham on August 14, 2006 at 11:43 pm

My wife and I moved to San Juan Capistrano in the summer of 1984. We went to the drive-in a couple of times and I have fond memories of watching the movie in a little Fiat X1/9 with the top off, munching on “enhanced” tollhouse cookies. But those memories don’t include what the movies were!

I do remember that the lot was about ½ full on Friday and Saturday night.

The loss of the theater and the nursery that was behind it really made a big difference in the feel of the town. It felt much more “developed” and, of course, has only gotten more so over the years.

yorick8080 on July 17, 2005 at 10:51 am

I vaguely remember seeing a film here as a kid in the early 80s. I seem to remember it being in a state of disuse (heaps of junk people had dumped, etc.) for at least a year or two after it had been closed.

Does anyone have any photographs of the old drive-in? That would be so interesting to see.