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August 6, 2020 – October 10, 2020

The Northwest Film Center and Portland Art Museum are creatively collaborating during these socially-distanced times to connect with audiences and bring innovative film and new media exhibitions to our community. The Cinema Unbound Drive-In at Zidell Yards, running August 6-October 10, 2020, welcomes guests to safely gather and experience the power that truly radical and entertaining cinematic storytelling can bring. This will be the first of many ways to change the archaic paradigm of what cinema can — and will — be. Doors at 6:30 pm. Film at dusk. 

The Drive-In was created in our post-COVID world as a way to gather, untether and dissolve implied boundaries, wrap our arms around and uplift cinema — and each other — in all our many forms. When we are unbound we are open to seeing stories from different places, people, and perspectives. Blending cinema classics, indie favorites, new releases, non-fiction, animation, and art across genres and styles speaks to the unboundedness of where we’re headed next. 

Each night, you will meet storytellers whose narratives spring from a wide variety of building blocks and backgrounds.  Some are first features, some are big-budget flix from those with storied creative careers. Some push boundaries in a future-forward way and some just make us flat out laugh and take us back to our youth. Some were made right here in the Northwest and the rest hail from New York, Hollywood, and representative communities everywhere. 

The films and art presented represent the pioneers out there, those who refused to let their creativity — and the creative expression of others — be bound by conventions.  People who pushed the boundaries in the past and those who are trying new things in this moment. They are timely and timeless – all stories that make us think, feel, heal, and reflect to help us see the world anew at this critical moment in time.

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

Sweets and Treats provided by Sandra’s Goodies Catering.

Food and beverage snack packs will be available to pre-order with each ticket purchase and are in limited supply.

 

The gates at Zidell Yards open at 6:30 pm. All movies will start at dusk and will feature first-run, repertoire films, and features appropriate for children and adults. We will also feature a regional short film before each feature film. Music will be provided by X-Ray FM prior to each screening.

You will be able to hear the audio in through your car radio. Sound will be an in-car experience, over a limited FM transmission. You need an FM radio to hear the movies.

All tickets and concessions will be sold online, in advance ONLY, through Northwest Film Center and Portland Art Museum’s websites. Tickets are $35 per car, $45 for Trucks, Vans, and SUVs, and $55 for Premium Seating.  

The Zidell Yards is located at 3030 S. Moody Ave, Portland, OR 97201

The driveway is between the Tilikum Crossing Bridge and the Ross Island Bridge. Once you turn east off of S Moody Ave towards the Willamette River, follow the signage and then take a slight left on the gravel road for the Cinema Unbound Drive-In. GOOGLE MAPS

All films are subject to change without notice.

For up-to-date event information regarding weather and the Drive-In at Zidell Yards, please visit the event’s website. Please assume the show is on unless otherwise noted.

For questions about tickets please contact the Ticket Tomato customer service team at 1-800-820-9884 or info@tickettomato.com.

The Cinema Unbound Drive-In Theater Guidelines – Please Read Before You Arrive

 

Sun, Sep 27

Lost in Translation – SOLD OUT

Directed by Sofia Coppola

This film has been rescheduled to Sunday, September 27. A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an

Mon, Sep 28

The Great Outdoors – SOLD OUT

Directed by Howard Deutch

A Chicago man's hope for a peaceful family vacation in the woods is shattered when the annoying in-laws drop in.

Thu, Oct 1

Young Hearts (fka Thunderbolt in Mine Eye)

Directed by Zachary Sherman, Sarah Sherman

Young Hearts (fka Thunderbold in Mine Eye) Screening at the Cinema Unbound Drive-In Directed by Sarah and Zachary Sherman Oregon

Fri, Oct 2

Sylvie’s Love

Directed by Eugene Ashe

Sylvie’s Love Screening at the Cinema Unbound Drive-In as part of PIFF 2.0 Directed by Eugene Ashe United States |

Sat, Oct 3

Marona’s Fantastic Tale

Directed by Anca Damian

Marona’s Fantastic Tale Screening at the Cinema Unbound Drive-In as part of PIFF 2.0 Directed by Anca Damian France/Romania/Belgium |

Sun, Oct 4

The Birds – SOLD OUT

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn

Thu, Oct 8

American Werewolf in London

Directed by John Landis

American Werewolf in London Directed by John Landis United States • 1981 • 97 mins. Two American college students on

Fri, Oct 9

Hotel Transylvania

Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky

Hotel Transylvania Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky United States • 2012 • 91 mins. Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away

Sat, Oct 10

Possessor 

Directed by Brandon Cronenberg

Possessor Directed by Brandon Cronenberg United States • 2020 • 103 mins. From the visionary mind of writer/director Brandon Cronenberg,

Sun, Oct 11

A League of Their Own – SOLD OUT

Directed by Penny Marshall

Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.

Creature from the Black Lagoon – SOLD OUT

Directed by Jack Arnold

A strange prehistoric beast lurks in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. A group of scientists try to capture the

Do the Right Thing – SOLD OUT

Directed by Spike Lee

This screening is SOLD OUT! On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial – SOLD OUT

Directed by Steven Spielberg

This screening is SOLD OUT! A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return

Fast Times at Ridgemont High – SOLD OUT

Directed by Amy Heckerling

This screening is SOLD OUT! A group of Southern California high school students are enjoying their most important subjects: sex,

John Lewis: Good Trouble – SOLD OUT

Directed by Dawn Porter

John Lewis: Good Trouble, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Dawn Porter (TRAPPED, GIDEON’S ARMY), chronicles the life and career of the

Knives and Skin – SOLD OUT

Directed by Jennifer Reeder

A mystical teen noir that follows a young girl's disappearance in the rural Midwest and its effect on teens and

Labyrinth – SOLD OUT

Directed by Jim Henson

Sixteen-year-old Sarah is given thirteen hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother Toby when her wish for

Love and Basketball – SOLD OUT

Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood

Monica and Quincy love and play basketball together through many life challenges from childhood to adulthood. Screens with Tides by

Milk – SOLD OUT

Directed by Gus Van Sant

This film is SOLD OUT. Leading an all-star cast (Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, James Franco) in Van Sant’s intimate and

Moonlight – SOLD OUT

Directed by Barry Jenkins

A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as

Pee Wee’s Big Adventure – SOLD OUT

Directed by Tim Burton

What would you do for the love of your bicycle? Pee-Wee’s charmed life, filled with wonder and delight, comes crashing

She Dies Tomorrow

Directed by Amy Seimetz

She Dies Tomorrow Directed by Amy Seimetz United States • 2020 • 86 mins. A woman's conviction that she will

Sword of Trust – Sold Out

Directed by Lynn Shelton

Cynthia and Mary show up to collect Cynthia's inheritance from her deceased grandfather, but the only item she receives is

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – SOLD OUT

Directed by Stephan Elliott

This screening is SOLD OUT. Two drag performers and a transgender woman travel across the desert to perform their unique

Xanadu – SOLD OUT

Directed by Robert Greenwald

A struggling artist living in Los Angeles meets a girl who may hold the key to his happiness. Screens with



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.