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July 8, 2021 – July 27, 2021

The Northwest Film Center and the Portland Art Museum present

July 2021

The Northwest Film Center has announced programming for its Cinema Unbound Drive-In at OMSI running in July 2021. The series will offer drive-in screenings of great movies at OMSI with food, drink, fun weekend themes, and costumes.

Last year, the Portland Art Museum’s Northwest Film Center (NWFC) began a creative reimagining dubbed “Cinema Unbound,” a new artistic vision that redefines the notion of cinema to expand beyond the walls of a theater and include cinema, TV, media arts, audio, and immersive storytelling.

Building upon last year’s wildly successful Cinema Unbound Drive-In, the Northwest Film Center and Portland Art Museum are again collaborating with community partners to connect with audiences and bring innovative film and new media exhibitions to life. 

As part of The Cinema Unbound Summer Movie Series, the Northwest Film Center welcomes guests to safely gather and experience the power that truly radical and entertaining cinematic storytelling can bring. Unbound from the traditional movie theater setting, we’re creating new venues throughout the city.


Enjoy great movies, food, drinks!

Doors open at 8 pm with food and beverages available for purchase. Music begins at 8 pm and films begin at dusk.

There are no refunds or exchanges for arrivals after the film begins (9 pm) or for entirely missed screenings. Please, no pets or outside food or drink.

Tickets are $40 per car, $50 for Trucks, Vans, and SUVs, and $60 for Premium Seating. 

NWFC members receive a $5 discount on each ticket purchased. Please email for details.

All films are subject to change without notice.

For up-to-date event information regarding weather please visit the event’s website. Please assume the show is on unless otherwise noted.

The Northwest Film Center will comply with any Federal or State health precautions that may be in place at the time of the event. This may include wearing a mask and/or social distancing.

For questions about tickets please contact the Ticket Tomato customer service team at 1-800-820-9884 or





A Wrinkle In Time – Drive-In – CANCELED

Directed by Ava DuVernay

THIS SCREENING IS CANCELED DUE TO EXTREME HEAT. Meg Murry and her little brother, Charles Wallace, have been without their

Desperately Seeking Susan – Drive-in

Directed by Susan Seidelman

New Jersey housewife Roberta Glass (Rosanna Arquette) spices up her boring life by reading personal ads, especially a series of

Flashdance – Drive-In

Directed by Adrian Lyne

Alex Owens (Jennifer Beals) is a beautiful young woman who works a day job in a steel mill and dances

Hairspray – Drive-in

Directed by John Waters

Hairspray marked the moment when underground film’s most purposeful provocateur, John Waters, finally broke through to the mainstream--with his madcap,

Jurassic Park – Drive-In

Directed by Steven Spielberg

In Steven Spielberg's massive blockbuster, paleontologists Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and mathematician Ian Malcolm (Jeff

The Big Lebowski – Drive-In

Directed by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

An unconventional cult favorite that gave rise to dozens of themed conventions and festivals (and inspired a resurgence in the

The Muppet Movie – Drive-In

Directed by James Frawley

After Kermit the Frog decides to pursue a movie career, he starts his cross-country trip from Florida to California. Along

The Water Man – Drive-In – CANCELED

Directed by David Oyelowo

THIS SCREENING IS CANCELED DUE TO EXTREME HEAT. Gunner (Lonnie Chavis) sets out on a quest to save his ill

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.