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 on May 28, 1956 with William Holden in “Picnic” & John Agar in “Star in the Dust”.

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 Drive-In houses a swap meet on Wednesday and Friday through Sunday, and shows first-run movies seven days a week.

The Mission Tiki Drive-In is set to closed at the end of December 2019. The site will be redeveloped as a technology park. In November 2019 it was announced the drive-in & swap meet with stay open into 2020.

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Recent comments (view all 17 comments)

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on July 12, 2010 at 3:42 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 5:13 pm

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

Cliffs on May 19, 2013 at 6:40 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 4:23 pm

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

davidcoppock on January 22, 2017 at 5:17 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!?

MichaelKilgore on November 1, 2019 at 10:37 am

The Island Valley Daily Bulletin ran the story of the sale on Oct. 31, 2019. According to that article, William Oldknow and Jack Anderson opened the Mission Drive-In, which had a capacity of 1350, on May 28, 1956. As was common for large drive-ins of the period, it had a 122x50-foot curved screen designed for CinemaScope. On the first night, the Mission showed the double feature Picnic and Star in the Dust.

davidcoppock on November 2, 2019 at 12:22 am

What are those doors under the screen for?

davidcoppock on November 2, 2019 at 12:24 am

This drive-in should be heritage listed!!

Kris4077 on November 2, 2019 at 6:22 am

Those doors look like storage containers. Maybe something to do with the flea market or a side business renting storage sheds.

DavidZornig on November 9, 2019 at 2:32 pm

Drive-in and swap meet will remain open through Summer 2020 now.


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