Madison Drive In, San Antonio, Tx
- San Antonio's Last Drive-In Survives and Thrives
SAN ANTONIO, TX When the Mission Drive-In opened in 1948, it was
one of less than 100 outdoor theaters in Texas. By the golden years
of the drive-in, the 50s, Texas had more than 500.
Since those days, the Mission, once just one of a number of San
Antonio-area drive-in theaters, has survived the rise of large indoor
megaplexes, cable, video and DVDs and the closing of all the other
drive-ins in the area, according to a report in the San Antonio
The Mission, a four-screener today, was nearly closed by its 90s
operator, Regal Cinemas in 2001, but was taken over that year by
Last year, the Mission celebrated its season-opening with a 50s-
themed including live music, food and dunking booths. Currently
closed for winter, the Mission will reopen on March 1st.