Mission Tiki Drive-In

4407 State Street,
Montclair, CA 91763

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Mission Tiki Drive-In

Owned by De Anza Drive-Ins, this year-round drive-in has room for 1,400 cars. It opened in 1956.

In 1975, four new screens replaced the original screen, which was demolished – apparently, the original screen was demolished and its surface used for fencing along the northern perimeter of the theatre.

The theater was later renamed the Mission Tiki Drive-In and is once again a premiere local attraction. The Mission Tiki houses a swap meet on Wednesday and Friday through Sunday, and shows first-run movies seven days a week.

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kencmcintyre on June 6, 2007 at 7:25 pm

This one opened in 1948 – not listed on CT?

Knatcal on June 23, 2008 at 6:49 pm

I recently went to the Mission Tiki Drive-In and saw “Sex and the City.” This was first time at this drive-in and my first visit to a drive-in in ten years since the last drive-in, the Winnetka Drive-In, closed in my area. I drove the hour to see a film here because I love drive-ins. And this drive-in was no disappointment. It reminded me of the Flamingo Drive-In in Larry Baker’s novel “Flamingo Rising” because of eccentric tiki decor.

Lavarus on November 5, 2009 at 7:49 pm

Have visited this great venue in 2008 (to see “Dark Knight” and “Clone Wars”), 2009 (for “Fast & Furious” and “G.I. Joe”), and plan to go back again next summer. It must be said that this is one of the best places to visit during the warmer months of the year. Anyone who enjoyed attending drive-ins during their youth is bound to feel a little nostalgic when visiting this place. A truly great example of keeping the drive-in culture alive!

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on July 12, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Best drive-in theatre in SoCal. DeAnza has done a fabulous job on this (and its sister drive-ins, too!).

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on May 19, 2013 at 8:13 pm

Digital projection installed on all 4 screens. It looks FANTASTIC! I uploaded a pic!

Cliffs on May 19, 2013 at 9:40 pm

I wish there were still ANY drive-ins in the San Fernando Valley (I was a teen in the 80s growing up with the Winnetka 6 in Chatsworth). I would love to venture out to the Mission Tiki, but it’s an hour drive from our home in Woodland Hills. Maybe someday.

kermitthefrog76 on August 2, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Cliffs- You need to do it!! The drive in is so much fun!!

davidcoppock on January 22, 2017 at 8:17 am

I think this drive-in might the one seen on an episode of Car Chasers(season 1, episode 2 – Stacks of cash and a hidden stash) at the swap meet looking at cars!?

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