What we're about

Remember the local Drive-In? Mom's station wagon, a blanket and some popcorn in the back?

Well, the North Bay DRIVE-IN is for you! We're enthusiasts and patrons of the projected arts determined to resurrect drive-up outdoor cinerama! It's totally FREE and as simple as pointing your car at the side of a building, tuning your radio to 88.3 FM and sitting back for a classic style drive-in experience. There's even a concession stand and donations are always welcome to offset our costs.

We have warm weather season semi-monthly 'mob mov' (flash mob cinema) style gatherings currently at the old Hamilton Theater building on Palm Drive in Novato, CA - but we're always scouting new locations and groups!

Join us to get the latest news on venues and films, discuss our next feature or just share some drive-in stories from your youth!

Upcoming events (2)

Drive-In 2000! : Death Race 2000

Old Hamilton Theater Building

We will be operating with some new social distancing rules for the upcoming event 1) Please maintain social distancing of 6' with other groups of people at the show 2) If you are out of your car then you are required to wear some form of face covering 3) There will be no snack bar until Marin reaches stage 3 of re-opening THIS IS A *FREE* DRIVE-UP MOVIE SHOW PROJECTED ONTO A WALL IN A PAVED LOT - IF YOU WANT TO SIT OUTSIDE YOUR CAR, BRING BLANKETS AND LAWN CHAIRS! START TIMES VARY THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER SO PLEASE TAKE NOTE EACH SHOW! Unrated, 'R' and 'PG' rated films may contain content unsuitable for young children. Our shows begin with a 15-20 minute pre-show with vintage drive-in stuff, trailers and a cartoon. There's a 15 minute intermission halfway through the presentation with bonus featurettes and raffle prizes! Concessions and raffle tickets are available during pre-show and intermission! PLEASE arrive 30-60 minutes before the show if you want to park and watch in the forward row. Please take a moment to read our rules and guidelines: Introduction: 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! Come early get a space and enjoy a fabulous meal at Beso Cafe, just up the street, before the show. There's lots of space for chairs and blankets in front if the parking lot fills up with cars. Pre-show runs 15-20 minutes (late cars will not be admitted after the film starts). There will be a 15-20 minute intermission with featurette and raffle. NOTE: THERE ARE NO REGULAR RESTROOMS AT THIS LOCATION - there's Beso Cafe across the street until 9pm, a park around the corner with 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 and Cars with Luggage/Racks). 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 noise to a minimum. Please refrain from smoking or vaping 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: PLEASE DON'T LITTER -- TAKE ALL TRASH WITH YOU OR DEPOSIT IT WITH US AT THE CONCESSION STAND - there's also a big trash can in front of the old theater building!

Out of this World Drive-In: Barbarella

Old Hamilton Theater Building

We will be operating with some new social distancing rules for the upcoming event 1) Please maintain social distancing of 6' with other groups of people at the show 2) If you are out of your car then you are required to wear some form of face covering 3) There will be no snack bar until Marin reaches stage 3 of re-opening THIS IS A *FREE* DRIVE-UP MOVIE SHOW PROJECTED ONTO A WALL IN A PAVED LOT - IF YOU WANT TO SIT OUTSIDE YOUR CAR, BRING BLANKETS AND LAWN CHAIRS! START TIMES VARY THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER SO PLEASE TAKE NOTE EACH SHOW! Unrated, 'R' and 'PG' rated films may contain content unsuitable for young children. Our shows begin with a 15-20 minute pre-show with vintage drive-in stuff, trailers and a cartoon. There's a 15 minute intermission halfway through the presentation with bonus featurettes and raffle prizes! Concessions and raffle tickets are available during pre-show and intermission! PLEASE arrive 30-60 minutes before the show if you want to park and watch in the forward row. Please take a moment to read our rules and guidelines: Introduction: 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! Come early get a space and enjoy a fabulous meal at Beso Cafe, just up the street, before the show. There's lots of space for chairs and blankets in front if the parking lot fills up with cars. Pre-show runs 15-20 minutes (late cars will not be admitted after the film starts). There will be a 15-20 minute intermission with featurette and raffle. NOTE: THERE ARE NO REGULAR RESTROOMS AT THIS LOCATION - there's Beso Cafe across the street until 9pm, a park around the corner with 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 and Cars with Luggage/Racks). 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 noise to a minimum. Please refrain from smoking or vaping 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: PLEASE DON'T LITTER -- TAKE ALL TRASH WITH YOU OR DEPOSIT IT WITH US AT THE CONCESSION STAND - there's also a big trash can in front of the old theater building!

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Old Hamilton Theater Building

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