The Nightmare Before Christmas (7:30PM): The Frida Cinema’s Halloween Drive-In!

The Nightmare Before Christmas (7:30PM): The Frida Cinema Pop-Up Drive-In

On October 31st, join us as The Frida Cinema celebrates Halloween with TWO screenings of Tim Burton’s 1993 holiday classic The Nightmare Before Christmas! We will be presenting the stop-motion animated classic at 7:30pm and 11pm — this event page is for the 7:30PM show!

Tickets go on sale Saturday, October 10th at 11AM!

Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, grows tired of the holiday and wishes to try something new. When he accidentally comes across Christmas Town, he is inspired by what he sees and decides to put his own twist on the wintertime celebration. With the help of his friends, they make Christmas their own — but with decidedly disastrous results!

Filled with breathtaking stop-motion imagery, The Nightmare Before Christmas is an unconventional take on the holiday season as well as one of producer Tim Burton’s most beloved films.

To purchase tickets, see the embedded checkout below, or click here to visit the ticketing page!

Zion Lutheran Church & School is located at 222 N. East Street, Anaheim, CA 92805. Click here for map & directions. Gates open at 5:30pm, and Film begins at 7:30pm!

FAQ’s

WHAT TIME CAN I ARRIVE?

Gates open at 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 ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH & SCHOOL?

Zion Lutheran Church & School is located at 222 N. East Street, Anaheim, CA 92805. 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 sure your car has an FM radio so you can hear the film!

WILL YOU HAVE FOOD FOR SALE?

YES! Dos Mexicanos Grill and Scooter’s Italian Ice 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?

YES! Thanks to our wonderful hosts, those who need to use restrooms will be allowed to use the school’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!

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?

– 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 The Nightmare Before Christmas at 7:30pm!

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