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San Antonio's favorite free movie series returns to Mission Marquee Plaza for 2019

San Antonio's free movie series returns to Mission Plaza for 2019

Mission Marquee Plaza Drive in outdoor movie series
The Outdoor Movie Series once again returns to the Mission Marquee Plaza.  Mission Marquee Plaza/Facebook

Mission Drive-In is once again home to the year's hottest film event in San Antonio. The annual Outdoor Movie Series at Mission Marquee Plaza is back for another year with a lineup mixing new blockbusters with classic flicks the whole family can enjoy.

Free and open to all (even dogs), the Outdoor Movie Series runs May 16 through November 16 on the grounds of the historic Mission Drive-In Theater.

Films screen the first and third Saturday of every month. This year, the series is also bringing back its Thursday Night Film, which screens on the third Thursday of the month, thus giving San Antonians multiple opportunities every month to partake in this summer tradition.

And the movies aren't the only attraction. Each night features pre-film entertainment, on-site food vendors, and free popcorn. Attendees are encouraged to come early, and bring lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks to enjoy on the historic site.

“This area is extremely important to San Antonio’s history, and it is magnificent to see a new generation of people enjoying the space," said San Antonio Councilwoman Rebecca J. Viagran in a release.

The Outdoor Movies Series 2019 begins on May 16 with Mary Poppins, the 2018 revival of the classic Disney film, and ends on November 16 with an Elf and Home Alone holiday double feature.

The full 2019 Mission Marquee Outdoor Movie Series schedule:

  • May 16 — Mary Poppins
  • May 18 — Aquaman
  • June 1 — Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
  • June 15 — Ant Man and the Wasp
  • June 20 — Karate Kid
  • July 6 — Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse
  • July 18 — Pretty in Pink
  • July 20 — Black Panther
  • August 9 — The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
  • August 15 — Grease
  • August 17 — Captain Marvel
  • September 7 — Dumbo
  • September 19 — Nacho Libre
  • September 21 — Cesar Chavez
  • October 5 — McFarland, USA
  • October 17 — The Goonies
  • October 19 — Bumblebee
  • November 2 — Coco (Dia de los Muertos celebration)
  • November 16 — Elf and Home Alone

Though only in its fifth year, the movie series could be viewed as simply the latest chapter in San Antonio's cinematic history. The Mission Marquee Plaza was formerly the Mission Drive-In, an active movie theater from 1948 to 2003. In 2007, the City of San Antonio acquired the historic site and refurbished it, ultimately opening it to the public in 2014.

The venue, located at 3100 Roosevelt Ave., opens at 7 pm, and films are scheduled to begin about 15 minutes after dusk. As mentioned, screenings are free, family-friendly, and open to all.