Nestled near the historic and internationally-renowned San Antonio Missions, Mission Marquee Plaza is an area rich in history and considered to be one of San Antonio’s cultural gems. For generations, many families in San Antonio gathered at the site to watch movies when it served as the former Mission Drive-In Theater.
The Mission Drive-In Theater opened on March 27, 1948, with a 77-minute long love-triangle Western – Pirates of Monterey. After a run of more than half a century, the Mission was the last drive-in theater in San Antonio to go dark in 2000. It was reopened by Cinemark on May 25, 2001 with four screens lit and continued service through 2003.
The Mission Drive-In property was acquired by the City of San Antonio in 2007 and is currently managed as an arts & culture facility by the Center City Development and Operations Department. The nearby Mission Branch Library opened in May 2011 and a Master Plan Framework Document for the property was adopted by City Council in May 2012.
The Mission Drive-In Marquee Mural Re-Creation Project was completed by the Department for Culture and Creative Development (DCCD) in January 2013. The mural re-creation work included researching the original mural, including sign lettering and lighting, proposing a re-creation of these components in a manner that complies with historic preservation standards, and finally, fabricating and constructing these components.
Today, now known as Mission Marquee Plaza, the facility serves the community as a meeting place to enjoy various outdoor activities throughout the year including festivals, film screenings, arts & culture events, open-air markets and more.