Directed by Jonathan Demme | 1984 | 88 minutes | Rated PG | USA | English
Join us Thursday, August 20th at the First American Financial Corporation campus for a screening of the Talking Heads’ pioneering live concert film Stop Making Sense!
Tickets on sale July 31st at 10AM! To purchase tickets, see the embedded checkout box below, or click here to directly access the ticketing site!
Our Summer 2020 Pop-Up Drive In series continues with a return to the First American Financial Corporation campus, located right off the 55 Freeway in Santa Ana! After two successful screenings of Raiders of the Lost Ark, our gracious hosts at First American have invited us back to play the Talking Heads concert film, Stop Making Sense! Thanks, First American!
Tickets are $28.16 per car including service fee — regardless of number of people in your car! Tickets will be available exclusively at this link until they’re sold out!
Directed by American auteur Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs), 1984’s Stop Making Sense follows legendary rock band Talking Heads over four nights in 1983 at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater, as they promote their album Speaking in Tongues. Front man David Byrne delivers eccentric and iconic performances of hits like “Psycho Killer,” “Burning Down the House,” and “Girlfriend is Better” in what may be considered one of the best concert films ever made.
First American Financial Corporation is located at 8 First American Way, Santa Ana CA 92707. Click here for map & directions. Gates open at 5:30pm, and Film begins at 8:00pm! Major gratitude to Councilman Jose Solorio and the City of Santa Ana, without whose support this event wouldn’t be possible!
WHAT TIME CAN I ARRIVE?
We cannot place any cars prior to 5:30PM, so please do not arrive any earlier than this. Guests who arrive earlier than 5:30PM will be asked to come back at 5:30PM, and it’s a difficult turn to make, so please help us avoid that by not trying to get on the lot earlier than 5:30PM. 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 — a map and more detailed directions will be emailed to ticket holders prior to the event.
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 your your car has an FM radio so you can hear the film!
CAN I BRING FOOD / SNACKS?
YES! Your car is your screening room — so bring all your favorite screening room snacks! We don’t imagine any of you would, but we have to ask that you don’t discard your trash out the window. (It’s happened…) That’d be a sure-fire way to ensure we’d never be welcome back — and we definitely want to come back to this venue! So please help us keep the grounds tidy!
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.
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?
– OR –
CAN I PUT MY CONVERTIBLE’S TOP DOWN?
– OR –
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.
WHAT TIME DOES THE MOVIE START?
We will be starting Stop Making Sense at 8:00PM!
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