The Frida Cinema Pop-Up Drive-In: To Kill a Mockingbird

The Frida Cinema Pop-Up Drive-In: To Kill a Mockingbird

Directed by Robert Mulligan | 1962 | 129 minutes | Not Rated | USA | English

Join us Saturday, June 20th as The Frida Cinema’s Summer 2020 Pop-Up Drive In series continues! We are excited to partner with Downtown Santa Ana’s Benchmark Restaurant – who has put together a special Drive-In menu, available exclusively via online order until Tuesday at 9am! – to bring our series of social-distance-friendly cinema to a great venue in Downtown Santa Ana, as we present a special Father’s Day Weekend screening of 1962 classic To Kill a Mockingbird!

Tickets for this special event go on sale this Friday, June 12th at 5pm! Tickets will be $22.85 per car including service fee, regardless of number of people in your car, and will be available exclusively at this link until sold out!

Based on author Harper Lee’s beloved, Pulitzer Prize-winning autobiographical 1960 novel, director Robert Mulligan’s acclaimed adaptation stars Gregory Peck in his iconic, Oscar-winning role as Atticus Finch, a scrupulously honest lawyer who puts his career on the line when he agrees to represent Tom Robinson (Brock Peters), a black man accused of rape, in a small Alabama town in the 1930s. The trial and the events surrounding it are seen through the eyes of Finch’s six-year-old daughter Scout (Mary Badham), her older brother Jem (Philip Alford), and their precocious friend Dill Harris (a character based on Lee’s childhood chum Truman Capote, and played by John Megna), who embark on a formative journey of their own as they investigate their mysterious neighbor Boo Radley. Considered by many to be one of the greatest literary adaptations of all time, and specially selected as both a Father’s Day pick and as one of the earlier Hollywood classics to boldly examine systemic racial inequality, To Kill a Mockingbird took home Academy Awards for Best Actor (Peck), Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Art Direction.

We thank Benchmark RestaurantColette’s Catering & EventsEbell Club of Santa Ana, and the City of Santa Ana for their partnership and support in making this event possible!

Limited-capacity venue! We expect tickets to sell out, and fast — please be ready to purchase your tickets online at 5pm on Friday, June 12th! Click the link below to purchase!

FAQ’s

WHAT TIME CAN I ARRIVE?

We cannot place any cars prior to 6:30PM, so please do not arrive any earlier than this. Guests who arrive earlier than 6:30PM will be asked to come back at 6:30PM, and it’s a difficult turn to make, so please help us avoid that by not trying to get on the lot earlier than 6:30PM. 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 THE EBELL CLUB PARKING LOT?

The Ebell Club Parking lot is located at 501 E. Santa Ana Blvd., at the corner of 5th Street and Santa Ana Blvd. Click here for map & directions.

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 – but Benchmark Restaurant has put together a special Drive In Menu just for this event! Order your meals at https://colettes-catering-benchmark-restaurant.square.site/! Orders must be in by Tuesday, June 16th at 9am!

WILL YOU HAVE RESTROOMS?

YES! Thanks to our wonderful hosts, those who need to use restrooms will be allowed to use the venue’s restrooms. 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. Volunteers will be on hand to keep those restrooms sanitized. As such, there may be a wait — to ensure you don’t miss any part of the show, please consider a pre-trip restroom stop before heading out!

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 To Kill a Mockingbird at 8:30PM!

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We once again thank the following partners for making this event possible!