Drive-in Movies Coming to Portland’s South Waterfront for ‘Cinema Unbound’

The Northwest Film Center and Portland Art Museum will host “Cinema Unbound” drive-in movie showings at Zidell Yards. All guests will be required to remain in vehicles. This image is from a prior year’s event. Photo by Thomas Boyd

 “In these times of social distancing, “gathering” to celebrate art together as a community is difficult. One solution: the drive-in. The Northwest Film Center and Portland Art Museum have collaborated to offer a drive-in movie experience at Zidell Yards featuring both big-budget, and independent films for all ages.

The event hopes to bring families, artists, front line workers, partners across the city, and those who simply need a night out together in one place, but from the safety of their vehicles.

The film series offers stories from different places, people, and perspectives. “Blending cinema classics, indie favorites, new releases, non-fiction, animation, and art across genres and styles,” according to a recent release.

The series begins at 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, with a showing of “Kindergarten Cop,” (some of which was filmed in Astoria) and continues various nights into September. Here’s a partial list of upcoming showings. Movies begin at dusk:


Weekend 1 – Theme: Man Kind
Aug. 6: “Kindergarten Cop,” directed by Ivan Reitman (1990)
Aug. 7: “John Lewis: Good Trouble,” (new release) directed by Dawn Porter (2020)
Aug. 8: “Moonlight,” directed by Barry Jenkins (2016)

Weekend 2 – Theme: Ch, Ch, Changes
Aug. 13: “Milk,” directed by Gus Van Sant (2008)
Aug. 14: “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” directed by Amy Heckerling (1982)
Aug. 15: “Do the Right Thing,” directed by Spike Lee (1989)

Weekend 3 – Theme: Black Lagoons, Bowie & Badass Women
Aug. 20: “Creature From the Black Lagoon,” directed by Jack Arnold (1954)
Aug. 21: “Labyrinth,” directed by Jim Henson (1986)
Aug. 22: “Knives and Skin,” directed by Jennifer Reeder (2019)

Weekend 4 – Theme: Living, Loving & Phoning Home
Aug. 27: “Sword of Trust,” directed by Lynn Shelton (2019)
Aug. 28: “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial,” directed by Steven Spielberg (1982)
Aug. 29: “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” directed by Stephan Elliott (1994)

There will also be a regional short film shown before each feature film. Sound will be sent into vehicles over a limited FM transmission.

Tickets are $35 per car, $45 for trucks, vans and SUVs, and $55 for premium seating. All tickets and concessions will be sold online, and in advance only. No walk ups, or night-of tickets will be available.

Organizers ask that participants agree to follow a list of guidelines for health and safety. They include:

  • Guests must stay in their vehicle and wear face coverings
  • Vehicles should include members of a single household only
  • Exiting vehicles will be allowed only to use the restroom. Those using the restroom must wear masks and follow posted signs on social distancing.

Zidell Yards is at 3030 S. Moody Ave., Portland.”

This article is written by Rosemarie Stein, you can find the original, here.