Mission Marquee Plaza
The World Heritage Office oversees two cultural facilities, Mission Marquee Plaza and the Spanish Governor's Palace.
Mission Marquee Plaza, formerly the Mission Drive-In Theatre, opened in 2014. The facility is located on the Southside of San Antonio near Mission San Jose, which is one of San Antonio’s five historic Missions designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The area is rich in history and culture, and is considered to be one of San Antonio’s iconic gems. For generations, many families - locally and from the South Central Texas region - gathered to watch movies when it served as a drive-in theater.
In 2011, the Mission Branch Library was the first building added to the Mission Drive-In property, and offers a playground and exercise equipment. In 2017, the Harvey E. Najim YMCA was built onsite and features fitness classes, health and wellness programs and access to the Mission Trails and the Mission Reach extension of the famed San Antonio River. This effort is part of a larger strategy to enhance the quality of life for area residents. The City’s investment of nearly $2.3 million is due to the community’s commitment to this 60,000 square-foot green space.
Today, Mission Marquee Plaza, with its large stage and screen, serves the community as a meeting place to enjoy various outdoor cultural programming throughout the year including festivals, film screenings, arts & performance events, open-air markets, and more.
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Spanish Governor's Palace
This National Historic Landmark represents the last visual remnants of the Presidio San Antonio de Béjar. Traditionally known as the Spanish Governor’s Palace, it was the original comandancia (residence and working office) for the captains of the military garrison from 1722 until the early 1800s.
Stop by and learn Texas’s earliest history under Spanish rule. Tour the rooms furnished with Spanish Colonial period pieces and be delighted with the beautifully landscaped gardens in the courtyard. Or, enjoy a 360-tour or narrated virtual tour of the facility from the comfort of your home.
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