Mission Tiki Drive-In

4407 State Street,
Montclair, CA 91763

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Previous Names: Mission Drive-In

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Mission Tiki Drive-In

Owned by De Anza Drive-Ins, this year-round drive-in has room for 1,400 cars. It opened on May 28, 1956 with William Holden in “Picnic” & John Agar in “Star in the Dust”.

In 1975, four new screens replaced the original screen, which was demolished - apparently, the original screen was demolished and its surface used for fencing along the northern perimeter of the theatre.

The theatre was later renamed the Mission Tiki Drive-In and is once again a premiere local attraction. The Mission Tiki Drive-In houses a swap meet on Wednesday and Friday through Sunday, and shows first-run movies seven days a week.

The Mission Tiki Drive-In is set to closed at the end of December 2019. The site will be redeveloped as a technology park. In November 2019 it was announced the drive-in & swap meet will stay open into 2020. It was closed in January 22, 2023 with Tom Hanks in “A Man Named Otto” & Alison Williams in “M3GAN”. The Swap Meet closed on January 30, 2023 and had been demolished by May 2023.

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Recent comments (view all 32 comments)

CTCrouch on January 24, 2023 at 11:14 pm

The Mission Tiki closed on 1/22/23. The final movies screened were “A Man Called Otto”, “Plane”, and “M3GAN”.

MichaelKilgore on January 25, 2023 at 6:20 am

Thanks for the note, CTCrouch. You can read Inland Valley Daily Bulletin columnist David Allen’s affectionate look back at the Mission Tiki’s final days here.

driveinlover on January 29, 2023 at 4:03 pm

67 years has to be an L.A. area record. The Orange Drive-In closed in 1994 after 53 years and Hi-Way 39 was the last Orange County drive-in to close in 1997 after 42 years Sorry to see you go Mission Tiki

davidcoppock on January 30, 2023 at 3:41 am

This drive-in theatre should be heritage listed!!!!

kennerado on July 23, 2023 at 7:54 pm

Unfortunately the site has already been cleared, a May 2023 aerial photo shows ramps bulldozed down to dirt and concession building being dismantled.

davidcoppock on July 25, 2023 at 4:22 am

Has anything been planned to built on this site to replace the drive-in theatre?

kennerado on July 25, 2023 at 6:17 pm

Its being replaced with Mission and Ramona Business Park, which will be a mix of industrial buildings and warehouses.

Fanofcomedy on July 30, 2023 at 12:36 am

What was the last straw that led to Mission Tiki closing down?

kennerado on September 4, 2023 at 11:07 pm

Not sure but the death blow for these places is usually property taxes, which keep getting higher.

CTCrouch on September 5, 2023 at 12:21 am

It was simply a case of the land becoming more valuable than the existing business and a developer coming in with a significant offer. Back in 2019 the drive-in’s owner, De Anza Land & Leisure, were approached with a $34.4 million offer from the Oakmont Industrial Group. As part of the deal, Oakmont allowed the drive-in/swap meet to continue operating rent free until their redevelopment plans were finalized. With the project cleared to move forward in 2023, the drive-in/swap meet was forced to close.

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