By Cicero A. Estrella
Great news for movie lovers—the Fort Mason Flix drive-in theater will remain open through the end of the year, providing a much-needed entertainment option outside of the home just as San Francisco and the rest of the Bay Area appear to be moving toward tougher COVID-19 health restrictions.
The pop-up at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture will continue to offer a mix of popular and independent films, and will be adding holiday favorites in December
“We continue to be overwhelmed by the public’s enthusiasm for Fort Mason Flix,” said Nick Kinsey, FMCAC’s director of external affairs. “This extension will allow thousands of San Franciscans to enjoy safe, family entertainment this holiday season.”
Drive-in theaters have enjoyed a resurgence in 2020 as shelter-in-place-weary consumers searched for ways to keep themselves entertained and stay safe at the same time. The drive-in provided the perfect built-in solution—enjoy a night out while keeping socially distant and isolated in your vehicle.
And Fort Mason Flix offered a little extra—a great view of the San Francisco Bay just beyond the large movie screen. Manning the concession stands are such Fort Mason residents as Greens restaurant and Off the Grid food trucks.
The pop-up was originally scheduled for a month from mid-September to mid-October, but organizers have twice extended its run due to popular demand. Two films are offered from Tuesdays to Saturdays. The 6 p.m. shows are geared toward families with such movies as The LEGO Movie, Trolls World Tour, The Polar Express and the original Mulan; while the 9 p.m. showings are more adult-oriented, with offerings such as Dreamgirls, Lost in Translation and The Royal Tenenbaums.
The films range from classics like The Wizard of Oz, The Godfather and Raiders of the Lost Ark, to more recent favorites such as Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Knives Out and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Additionally, Fort Mason is making the waterfront drive-in theater available for nonprofits to host their events, as well as to companies and groups for holiday parties.
Each film screening can accommodate about 100 vehicles. Tickets are $49 per car per showing. For more information, including the schedule of upcoming movies, visit fortmason.org. Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd.
Photo credit: Charlie Villyard/Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture