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Southside venue offers free showings for community

Southside venue offers free showings for community - The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Moviegoers, seated within socially distanced circles, watch "The Princess Bride" on May 20, 2021, at Mission Marquee Plaza. The movie is part of the venue's free outdoor series this summer and fall. The next screening is "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" July 15. Photo courtesy of the City of San Antonio World Heritage Office

Mission Marquee Plaza is hosting free outdoor movies through Nov. 20.  

The next movie, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (1990), will be shown at 15 minutes after dusk July 15; however the venue opens at 7 p.m.

The movies will be showcased every first and third Saturday of the month and a throwback movie on the third Thursday. 

Mission Marquee Plaza is redeveloped and no longer a drive-in movie; this is an open-air venue. 

Blanche Mendoza, cultural facilities operations manager, encouraged moviegoers to bring lawn chairs and blankets. 

She said there will be little shade and to “dress comfortable and dress cool.”

Masks and social distancing are recommended.

Moviegoers can bring their pets to the outdoor movies. 

Spectators also can bring their own snacks, but there will be on-site food trucks that offer a variety of foods, shaved ice, hot dogs and Mexican cuisine. 

“I think it’s very important — and especially because A&M is on the Southside of San Antonio — that, you know, the … student body is also familiar with this area and know that it’s available for them,” Mendoza said. 

Mission Marquee Plaza, 3100 Roosevelt Ave., originally opened in 1948 as The Mission Drive-in Theater. Today the venue features live music, festivals, movies and other events. The Marquee was voted as the best place to watch movies outside in the San Antonio Current’s “Best of SA 2017.”

“Well, first of all, Mission Marquee Plaza serves the community as a meeting place to enjoy various outdoor activities throughout the year,” Mendoza said. “That includes festivals, film screenings, art and culture events, air markets and more. It’s a historic site, and it is also one of the very few venues that has no charge or admission to it that welcomes the entire community to enjoy activities that are taking place there.” 

Mission Marquee also offers free entertainment from local theaters such as the Woodlawn Theatre youth who perform before the movies.

Other upcoming movies at Mission Marquee Plaza include:

  • “The Karate Kid” (1984), on July 17
  • “Ratatouille” (2007), on Aug. 7
  • “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (1986), on Aug. 19

The venue opens at 7 p.m., and movies begin 15 minutes after dusk, according to Mission Marquee Plaza’s website.

For more information, visit, email or visit @MissionMarqueePlaza on Facebook.


Dominique Merrill contributed to this story.

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