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Free Renegade Drive-In: “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” | North Bay

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Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 8:30 pm to 12:00 am | Cost: FREE
Old Hamilton Theater Building | 520 Palm Drive, Novato, CA 94949


“Renegade Drive-In Movie Night” in the North Bay

The North Bay Mobile Drive-In hits Novato with a renegade outdoor film screening in this DIY flash mob drive-in movie where you watch a flick on a 30-foot screentune your radio to 88.3, and drink in your car.

The show typically begins with a 20+ minute pre-show with trailers and a cartoon. There’s also usually a 15 minute intermission halfway through the presentation with bonus featurettes and raffle prizes.

“North Bay Drive-In” 2020 Schedule

Saturdays a few times a month
Old Hamilton Theater Building, 520 Palm Drive, Novato, CA
Free but donations appreciated
Everything is subject to change 

  • October 10 at 8pm – They Live
  • October 17 at 8pm – What We Do in the Shadows
  • October 24 at 8pm – Monster Squad (1987)

Please check meetup or Facebook for additional dates

See the latest updates on Facebook | Meetup –  Temporarily there will be no concession stand and no raffle. Please note that during these shelter-in-place times that the drive-in might operate differently from in the past, and that details may change week to week. 

Revised social distancing guidelines for our upcoming events (as of 5/31/20)
1) Please maintain social distancing of 6′ with other groups of people at the show
2) If you leave your car, please wear a mask or some other type of cloth face covering
3) We will be operating without a snack-bar or raffle until the county of Marin reaches Stage 3 of relaxing the Shelter in Place order

There is no grass, so you’ll either want to sit in your car, or bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Help keep the drive-in free  – donate via paypal

This is a free drive-up movie show projected onto a wall in a paved lot – if you want to sit outside your car, bring blankets and lawn chairs. Start times vary throughout the summer so please take note each show. Unrated, ‘R’ and ‘PG’ rated films may contain content unsuitable for young children.

Please note, throughout the summer the start times vary depending on sundown.

PLEASE expect to arrive 30-60 minutes before the show if you want to park and watch in the forward row. No cars will be admitted after the movie has started.

Snack bar and raffle temporarily suspended during “shelter in place” Donate for snacks at the Concession Stand equipped with popcorn, hot dogs, candy and refreshments. There’s usually themed cupcakes and/or other treats plus a raffle with awesome prizes. 

8:30 pm: “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”

The World of Men, Elves, Dwarves and Hobbits makes a final, desperate stand against the re-surging evil of Lord Sauron and his vast bestial army while little Frodo, Sam and treacherous Gollum make their way to Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring. The climactic epic conclusion to the incredible J.R.R. Tolkien classic fantasy book trilogy, visualized and directed by Peter Jackson.

They’ll have lots of great raffle items with a shorter pre-show to make a little ‘room’ for the longer running time of the movie. Be sure to arrive early to get a good spot, or plan on lawn-chair-ing it with a blanket and maybe an orc to keep you warm.

Disclaimer: Please double check event information with the event organizer as events can be canceled, details can change after they are added to our calendar, and errors do occur.


Event Details


Cost: FREE
Categories: **Annual Event**, *Top Pick*, Movies
Address: 520 Palm Drive, Novato, CA 94949