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Ghibli Animation Night! MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (Rated G) 1988



(1988) Rated 'G' 86 minutes

Two young girls move to an old country house with their preoccupied dad... And soon discover a magical world only visible to kids, populated with forest sprites, a cat bus that rides with the wind and one giant, furry, enigmatic creature known as 'Totoro'. An iconic and beloved animated classic that helped establish Studio Ghibli, this High Def Disney 2005 re-release features the voices of Elle and Dakota Fanning.

START TIMES VARY THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER SO PLEASE TAKE NOTE EACH SHOW! 'R' and 'PG' rated films may contain content unsuitable for young children.

Start time means pre-show and trailers, which usually take about 20 minutes. There is a 15-20 min. Intermission halfway through the show. Concessions are available during pre-show and intermission only! Please arrive prior to start time to get a good parking spot.

This is YEAR SEVEN of the North Bay Drive In!! You can expect great treats and drinks at the Concession Stand and as always, we ask for whatever donations you can spare to help us keep the Drive-In Dream alive. :)

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EVENT INFO -- take time to read if this is your first time attending!

We're a mobile DRIVE-IN, keeping the authentic experience alive as best we can! We project a big 30 foot wide image on the side of the Old Hamilton Theater building (closed for many years now) and transmit the audio over the FM band (88.3FM) just like modern drive-ins. We operate totally via donations and even have a small concession snack bar at each performance, in addition to raffle prizes and special presentations during the intro and intermission segments!! COME JOIN US and KEEP THE DRIVE-IN ALIVE!

Drive-In Tips:
Arrive Early if you plan to park and watch from your car! There's lots of space for chairs and blankets in front, and we encourage everyone to try it if you haven't, yet. Pre-show runs 15-20 minutes (the movie does not start exactly at the time listed above, but please don't arrive late, you won't get a parking spot in the main lot). There will be a 20 minute intermission and raffle.  NOTE: THERE ARE NO REGULAR RESTROOMS AT THIS LOCATION - there's a park on Hamilton Pkwy down the road and around the corner that has open facilities through twilight and sometimes the church across the street has an event and we can use theirs (located in the courtyard) but otherwise we have to improvise!

Drive-In Etiquette:
CAR HEADLIGHTS AND PARKING LIGHTS OFF during the show. LARGER VEHICLES PARK IN THE BACK ROW (Minivans, SUVs, Crossovers, Pickups). We can't always be 100% on top of this so if you have a smaller car do try to come early to get a FRONT row spot! During the movie, please keep talking to a minimum. We also ask folks to refrain from smoking close to other cars or attendees. We encourage everyone to enjoy the summer evening and sit outside - we have some boom boxes for audio! ALL CARS MUST KEEP IT SLOW when driving in the parking area. Children are welcome, but we ask you supervise them at all times. Same with pets, welcome but dogs need to be leashed at all times. Access to parking lot closes after the movie starts, at which point we ask folks park in the adjacent lot and walk in with lawn chair/blanket so as not to disturb those watching the movie. Please do not drive in to the lot after the movie has started.

Snack Bar & Raffles:
DONATE for SNACKS at our Concession Stand equipped with popcorn, hot dogs, candy and refreshments! There's usually themed cupcakes and/or other treats plus A RAFFLE with awesome prizes!! Raffles are held during intermission and usually feature a movie-themed prize-pack!... Small bills greatly appreciated!


ADVERTISING is available during our pre-show. The drive-in prides itself on being a community-based event. Promote your local business or service with us and reach Marin customers. Please email Bill at [masked] for details. It's an inexpensive and effective way to promote your business to an enthusiastic audience of anywhere from 50 to 100+ per event!!

DONATIONS are what makes this happen! You can donate at the show or via this helpful PAYPAL link with your major credit card:


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  • Elise

    Great to see the packed parking lot last night! And Totoro, of course! Thanks as always for show, your time, your awesome cupcake decorating skills and prizes!!

    1 · August 4, 2013

  • ben

    Is the film english subtitled?

    August 3, 2013

    • Bill S.

      This will be the dubbed English language version that 20th Century Fox released in the early 90's. We have yet to do a subtitled film at the drive-in.

      August 3, 2013

  • Bill S.

    UPDATE FOR THE PURISTS: As some diehard fans know, there were two dubs of Totoro made for US audiences - one by 20th Century Fox in the early 90's, and the Disney version in 2004. The one we'll be showing will be the more popular fan-favorite FOX audio track but in full 1080P HD thanks to some creative audio track editing!

    2 · August 2, 2013

  • Elayne G.

    Sounds fun

    1 · July 28, 2013

  • Brande

    What kind of cupcake will go with this movie, I wonder with delight and anticipation. =]

    2 · July 23, 2013

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