COCO: Free Dia de Muertos Celebration & Drive-In, Presented by Viva la Vida
This event is SOLD OUT!
Join us Sunday, November 1st at the First American Financial Corporation campus for a free screening of the beloved, Oscar-winning 2017 film Coco — presented by Viva La Vida and The Frida Cinema in celebration of Dia de Muertos!
Santa Ana’s Viva La Vida Festival, an annual cultural event organized by community members, may not be happening as a street fair this year in consideration of public health, so this year the festival’s organizers are partnering with sponsor Suavecito Pomade keeping the tradition alive with a free screening of a film that beautifully echoes their respect and celebration of ancient traditions, art, culture, and compassion! Disney/Pixar’s Coco is the story of Miguel, a young boy living with his family in Mexico who dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz — despite his family’s generations-old ban on music. Desperate to prove his talent and escape a predetermined future working for his family’s shoemaking workshop, Miguel unexpectedly finds himself transported to the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. After meeting a charming trickster named Héctor, the two new friends embark on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.
Gates open at 4PM! Event will begin at 5:30PM with vendors, live performances, and more! Film starts at 7PM!
This year, the Viva La Vida team is also raising funds in support of young Omar Carlón, a 10-year-old boy who is currently waging a painful battle against Osteosarcoma. Please consider making a donation in support of Omar and his family by clicking here.
We thank the First American Financial Corporation campus for donating their parking lot for this free community event! First American Financial Corporation is located at 1 First American Way, Santa Ana CA 92707. Click here for map & directions.
WHAT TIME CAN I ARRIVE?
Gates for the show open at 4PM! Cars will be placed on a first-come, first-served basis, one car at a time, and in sections based on size of car and desired style of viewing (i.e. open hatchbacks, etc. – more information below).
WHERE IS FIRST AMERICAN FINANCIAL CORPORATION?
First American Financial Corporation’s corporate campus is located at 8 First American Way, Santa Ana CA 92707. Click here for map & directions. We will be on the second floor of their two-story parking lot.
HOW DO I REDEEM MY TICKET?
Upon purchase, ticket will be emailed to you as a PDF attachment from Eventbrite. When you arrive to the event, please show the attendant the bar code on your ticket through your car window, either by holding up your printed version, or by displaying it on your phone or smart device. Attendant will scan it to check you in, and you’ll be good to go!
DO I NEED FM RADIO IN MY CAR?
YES! This is a “silent-style” Drive-In event, with no speakers. The film’s soundtrack will be accessible exclusively through your car’s FM Radio, for maximum social-distance safety. We will provide you with the FM station upon arrival. Make sure your car has an FM radio so you can hear the film!
WILL YOU HAVE FOOD FOR SALE?
YES! We will have food trucks will be selling their delicious offerings at this event — as well as donating 10% of their proceeds in support of The Frida Cinema! You’re also welcome to stock your cars with all your favorite meals, snacks and soft drinks! Please help us keep the grounds tidy by disposing your trash after the show.
WILL YOU HAVE RESTROOMS?
We will have “port-a-potties” available at this venue, as well as hand-washing stations. As our approval of this event is based on our assurance of safety, we ask that folks wear protective masks when leaving your cars for any reason, including to use the restroom.
CAN I SIT OUTSIDE OF MY CAR?
Our approvals to host these Drive-In events during these times is based on our strict assurance that, unlike “garden-style” outdoor events, guests will be in their cars. As such, we cannot have guests sitting outside of their cars.
That being said, you can sit in your truck bed, and in your open hatch back — more on this below!
REMEMBER TO TURN YOUR ENGINE ON EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE…
As you will be running your battery non-stop so that you can listen to the film on FM, you run the risk of killing your battery. We are always ready to go with the jumper cables for those who need them!, but to eliminate the risk of your battery dying, remember to turn your car on every once in a while.
…BUT MIND YOUR HEADLIGHTS!
Some cars have headlights that automatically turn on when the engine is turned over. There’s generally a setting to eliminate that — please make an effort to switch that setting so that your headlights don’t beam on when you power on your car, as headlights wipe out the image on the screen. We will have cardboard and tablecloths on hand for cars that may need help with this — let an attendant know if you need materials to cover your headlights.
MIND YOUR DOME LIGHTS AND BRAKE PEDAL
We understand that sometimes you have to flick on the dome light to look for something in your car, but please don’t have your dome light on for a stretched period of time — and certainly, not through the entire film. Any light proves very distracting to the audience around you. And lastly — we understand that it sometimes feels instinctual to do so, but please make an effort to keep your foot off your brake pedal. In a dark environment, brake lights provide quite the surprising glow.
CAN I SIT IN MY TRUCK BED?
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CAN I PUT MY CONVERTIBLE’S TOP DOWN?
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CAN I THROW THE HATCH OF MY HATCHBACK UP AND SIT IN THE BACK TO WATCH THE SHOW?
– Please note that tall cars / SUV’s / trucks will be parked in parking areas to the sides of the middle area, or along the back rows, to minimize obstruction of rows behind you.
– Guests are allowed to sit in their truck beds, so long as they keep their protective masks on.
– Guests are allowed to put their tops down, so long as they keep their protective masks on.
– Raised hatches proved quite obstructive to rows of cars behind them in viewing the screen. If you’re absolutely set on sitting in your hatchback with your hatch up, you will be asked to park either to the sides of our car staging area, or along the back rows. And — like truckbeds and convertibles — if your hatch is open, we ask that you keep your masks on. Again, our approval of this event is based on our assurance of absolute safety, with folks keeping masks on when not inside their closed cars.
– For trucks: Please keep in mind that the soundtrack is coming in through FM radio. As such, either have a low-volume FM radio in your truck bed with you, or you can slide open the little window to your truck bed and play through your car stereo at a reasonable volume.
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