52 Soda Bay Road, Lakeport CA 95453
(right behind Lakeport Cinema 5)
Friday 8/23 & Saturday 8/24
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Frequently Asked Questions
What should I bring with me when I come to the drive-in?
There are only three specific things we recommend bringing to the drive-in:
    1. Mosquito repellent.
    2. Sweatshirts and/or a blanket to keep warm as it can get chilly even if it was a warm day.
    3. A radio. Your car radio is fine, but a portable radio with fresh batteries is better (so you don't drain your car battery).

What is playing next week?
What will you be playing on a specific date?
When will a certain movie be playing at the drive-in?

Most movies play at the drive-in anywhere from 3-6 weeks after the opening at the cinema (where most movies open on the nationwide release date). Some movies will open at the drive-in on the release date, but most open at the cinema first. Because movies will play at the cinema until business drops below a certain point, there is no way for us to know more than a week or so ahead of time when a movie will play at the drive-in.

How do you choose which movies to play at the drive-in?
Generally speaking, we try to stick with PG and PG-13 rated movies which appeal to a very broad audience. Movies which primarily appeal to younger teens and children, or movies which appeal to a very narrow segment of the population, are not generally good choices for drive-in pictures. We also try to stick with popular movies, and skip the duds.

While we try to stick with PG or PG-13 movies, we do play some R rated movies – especially popular comedies. And we will definitely consider G rated films which appeal to the whole family (such as Disney/Pixar movies).

How do I hear the movie?
The movie sound is broadcast over the radio in stereo at 89.7 FM. We also broadcast at 530 AM. If you do not have a car radio, or you're concerned about killing car's battery, you are more than welcome to bring a "boom box" or portable radio. We do have a small supply of radios availalbe for rent at the snack bar.

Do you have any advertising opportunities at the drive-in?
We have several different opportunities:

First, we hand out a pre-printed menu for our snack bar. We have a limited number of spaces for business card sized ads on the back of these menus. Contact the theatre management if you are interested.

With our conversion to digital projection, we are now offering on-screen advertising. We use a company called Before The Movie for our on-screen advertising. You can get information from them by filling out their contact form: BeforeTheMovie.com

Will you ever play 3D movies at the drive-in?
Unfortunately no. The 3D systems currently being used by theatres will not work at drive-in theatres. The polarization on windshields will cancel the 3D effect of some 3D systems. Other 3D systems require expensive glasses which must be handed out and collected for every show. This is logistically impractical for a drive-in situation.

Will you ever play older movies at the drive-in?
With our conversion to digital projection, it opens the possibility of doing things we have not been able to do in the past. We may try some mid-week one night only showings of “classic” films.