The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Rotary Club of Orange: Drive-In Fundraiser Screenings

Rotary Club of Orange celebrates 99 years of community service with an exciting annual fundraiser event, taking place this year at Orange’s Mara Brandman Arena as a weekend of Drive-In screenings celebrating America’s beloved past-time, baseball!  Join us for The Sandlot (Friday, September 11th); and A League of their Own (Saturday, September 12th)!

Tickets are $40 + service fee, and support Rotary Club of Orange, a leadership organization of local business, professional, and community leaders who meet regularly to form friendships, have fun, and work together to impact our community. From beautification projects at Orange County schools, installation of new playground equipment , cooking and serving meals to our local homeless community, providing grants to local teachers and students, and providing dental clinics, sanitation, and solar power to locations as far as Guatemala and India, Rotary Club of Orange is part of a global network of more than 1.2 million volunteers whose work impacts lives at both the local and international levels. Enjoy a cinematic classic while supporting a truly amazing organization! Learn more at orange-rotary.org!

Rotary Club of Orange thanks Jean Abdalla, John Aust, Dr. Greg Char, Julie Durkin, Dr. Murad Gharibian DDS, Jim Gilmore, Adrienne Gladstone, Karla Hawelu, Carol and Harry Hunold, Danny “Spud” Lambing, Mary and John O’Connor, Donald Saltikov CPA, Ankit Shah, Craig E Shipcott AAMS, Solari Enterprises Inc., Dan Swoish, The Frida Cinema, and Turville Photography or their sponsorship of this event. If you would like to support Rotary Club of Orange with an event sponsorship, email DSL2002@SBCGLOBAL.NET.

Mara Brandman Arena l is located at 6422 E. Santiago Canyon Rd., Orange, CA 92869. Click here for map & directions. Gates open at 6:00pm, and the film begins each night at 8:00pm!

The Sandlot

Friday, September 11th, 8:00 PM

The Sandlot stars Tom Guiry as Scottie Smalls, an amiable boy who moves to a new neighborhood and befriends a group of kids who play baseball at the local sandlot. Together they embark on a series of funny and touching adventures — but things get a little hairy when a ball gets hit over the wrong fence… In his glowing review of the film, legendary film critic Roger Ebert wrote that he “realized how completely this movie had seduced me with its memories of what really matters when you’re twelve.” Driven by engaging performances by its young leads, and providing more than a few instantly quotable one-liners, The Sandlot is “a scruffy underdog yarn that will appeal not only to kids, but also to their parents.”

A League of Their Own

Saturday, September 12th, 8:00 PM

A League of Their Own tells the inspiring true-life story of the All-American Girls’ Professional Baseball League, founded in 1943 when most of the men of baseball-playing age were serving in World War II. When a candy-bar tycoon enlists agents to scour the country to find women who could play ball, they discover two sisters in Oregon — Dottie (Geena Davis) and Kit (Lori Petty) — and fly them to Chicago to try out for the team with other prospects including Mae Mordabito (Madonna), Doris Murphy (Rosie O’Donnell), and Marla Hooch (Megan Cavanagh). The team’s owner, Walter Harvey, selects one-time home-run champion Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) – now a broken-down alcoholic – to lead the team. Thrills, laughs, and bittersweet tears ensue as this entertaining, charming, and often hilarious slice of Americana deftly retold by director Penny Marshall and legendary comedy screenwriters Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel.

PLEASE READ THESE FAQ’s!

$40 PER CAR, OR PER PERSON?

Tickets are $40 per car + service fee, regardless of the number of people in your car!

WHAT TIME CAN I ARRIVE?

We cannot place any cars prior to 6:00PM onto the venue, so please do not arrive any earlier than this. 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 – more information below).

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!

WHERE IS MARA BRANDMAN ARENA

Mara Brandman Arena l is located at 6422 E. Santiago Canyon Rd., Orange, CA 92869. Click here for map & directions.

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 THERE BE FOOD FOR SALE?

YES! Popular Orange County-based food truck Dos Mexicanos Grill will be on hand to serve their delectable burritos, tortas, nachos, tacos and more! Moreover, they will generously be donating 10% of their proceeds to Rotary Club of Orange — enjoy a great meal while supporting a great organization!

WILL YOU HAVE RESTROOMS?

YES! We will be providing portable toilets and hand-washing stations on site, and will have them cleaned and serviced daily between events. 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?

Needless to say perhaps, safety is our #1 priority — and our approval to host these events is based on our assurance that these are strictly Drive-In-style events.  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?

Yes, yes, and yes ! But please note:

– Tall cars / SUV’s / trucks will be parked in parking areas to the sides of the viewing area, or along the back rows, to minimize obstruction of rows behind them.

– Guests in pick-up trucks are allowed to sit in their truck beds, so long as they keep their protective masks on.

– Guests in convertibles are allowed to put their tops down, so long as they keep their protective masks on.

– Raised hatches prove quite obstructive to rows of cars behind them in viewing the screen. If you’re set on sitting in your hatchback with your hatch up, we will accommodate you, but you will be asked to park either to the sides of our car staging area, or along the back rows. And — like truck beds 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.