This 1956 drive-in was slated for redevelopment, but the drive-in renaissance in 2020 has given it some new life. The Mission Tiki started as a single-screen drive-in and then expanded to four screens, with some audiovisual improvements in 2006. Playing off its name, ticket booths were remodeled to look like tiki huts, a Maui statue garden was added and the concession stands were also remodeled with a tiki theme. You can watch some of the latest releases at this drive-in, which is open seven days a week, while enjoying snacks from the concession stand, including pizza, burgers, Mexican food and more.
Looking for a fun date idea? Travel back to a time when going to a movie was a major Friday night activity and enough to land you a second date. We’re not talking about the local multiplex or even some of the newer dine-in theaters that have popped up—we’re talking about drive-in theaters. Yes, they still exist—as many of us were reminded in 2020. In fact, there are a number of drive-in theater options in Southern California that have never gone away and stayed true to those mid-century ways. Skip a romantic restaurant and instead pack a picnic or stock up at the snack bar while you enjoy a flick at one of these classic drive-in theater locations. Enjoy your movie!