Drive-in Movie Events Happening in Orange County

With physical distancing guidelines and safety precautions set in place, here is a list of drive-in screenings to consider for your next family outing.

September Drive-In Events
Compiled by Anika Ljung and Colette Nguyen

SEPT. 12, 19, and 26
To mark the end of summer, the Irvine Improv is taking their stage outdoors to the top of the Irvine Spectrum Center’s Regal parking deck. Experience a live comedy show featuring comedians such as Craig Robinson (“The Office”) and Joel McHale (“Community”) from the comfort of your own vehicle. These real-time performances will be projected onto a 50-foot screen. Shows start at 8:00pm, and tickets range from $125 to $150 per vehicle. Regal Parking Deck , Irvine Spectrum Center, 670 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949-790-4871,

Pack the car for three nights of big-screen fun with a stellar lineup of movies on Southern California’s largest outdoor inflatable screen. Friday kicks off with the feel-good film “The Sandlot,” with the classic “The Princess Bride” on Saturday, and the action-packed “Ford v Ferrari” on Sunday. Parking opens at 6 p.m. for an 8 p.m. start time each night, and tickets, purchased in advance, are $35 per car. Parking area located across from BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse. Brea Mall, 1065 Brea Mall, Brea,

The Frida Cinema’s Summer Pop-Up Drive In series presents the original Star Wars trilogy at Zion Lutheran Church of Anaheim. The series will kick off on Friday night with “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” and end on Sunday with “Return of the Jedi.” Gates open at 5:30 p.m., the film begins at 8 p.m., and tickets start at $30 per vehicle. Zion Lutheran Church of Anaheim, 222 N. East St., Anaheim; 714-285-9422,

British DJ Gareth Emery takes the stage for a full weekend of eclectic dance music. His first three albums topped dance charts, and his newest album—which dropped in July—issues a nod to his early musical career as a band member. City National Grove of Anaheim, 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714-712-2700,

SEPT. 24
Stephanie Bettman and Luke Halpin combine their original folk-Americana sound with upbeat bluegrass compositions, rich vocals, and introspective lyrics that will leave you moving and grooving all the way home. This drive-in concert experience at The Muck starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, purchased in advance, are $30 for non-members. The Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton, 714-738-6595,

SEPT. 25
Cypress’ Parking Lot Cinema experience continues with 1984’s “The Karate Kid.” Only pre-registered vehicles will be permitted to enter, so be sure to buy tickets in advance. The parking lot opens at 7 p.m. for an 8 p.m. start time, and bringing snacks is encouraged as there will be none for sale. Cypress College, 9200 Valley View St., Cypress, 714-484-7000,

SEPT. 25 AND 26
From Hermosa Beach, this six-man reggae band is sure to bring good energy and California vibes to the stage. Influenced by Bob Marley, Katchafire, and The Grateful Dead and with musical hints of blues, rock, and punk, this multi-talented group has something for everyone. The show begins at 7 p.m. City National Grove of Anaheim, 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, 714-712-2700,

Autosonic Concerts presents their Drive-In Concert Series, a three-day long extravaganza featuring three different cover bands. Sept. 25 introduces Which One’s Pink?, an ode to Pink Floyd, taking the stage at 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. On Sept. 26, Queen Nation, a Queen cover band who performed over 160 shows across America and internationally in 2019, performs at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sept. 27 hosts Dead Man’s Party, Oingo Boingo’s greatest tribute band, performing at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tickets range from $75 to $199 per vehicle. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-708-1500,

With the cancellation of the OC Fair this year, the OC Fair & Event Center will be hosting a Fair Food Drive-Thru for fans to get their food fix. The fairgrounds in Costa Mesa will have five vendors serving delectable treats ranging from cookies, ice cream, Hawaiian chicken bowls, and funnel cakes. The drive-thru will be open throughout September, every Friday & Saturday noon to 8 p.m., and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. Vehicles can enter and exit from Gate 1, no admission fees required. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714-708-1500,


Summer Drive-In Series by The Lot Fashion Island

Enjoy the show on top of the parking structure near Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom.

Aug. 13
Opening night and world premiere of “A Life of Endless Summers: The Bruce Brown Story”

Aug. 14
“Transformers: The Last Knight”

Aug. 15
“The Goonies”

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Hello Summer: Drive-In Movies at the Irvine Spectrum Center

Look out for special deals included with admission such as free popcorn or a gift card to one of the shopping center’s restaurants.

Aug. 12
“Crazy Rich Asians”

Aug. 13
“A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood”

Aug. 14
“Indiana Jones: Temple of Doom”

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Drive-In Movie Night Series by Mentor Me Learning

Held at Lutheran Church-Resurrection in Huntington Beach, all proceeds from this outdoor event will go towards Mentor Me Learning, a local nonprofit providing youth leadership programs.

Aug. 27
“School of Rock”

Sept. 3 
“Little Rascals”

Sept. 12

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Drive-Up Music and Movies Event Series

Enjoy a series of live music and movie screenings at Little Cottonwood Park in Los Alamitos.

Aug. 8
“Frozen 2”

Aug. 22
“The Lion King”

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The Frida Cinema Pop-Up Drive-In Series

This ongoing series by the Santa Ana profit has featured both cult classics and recent hits.

Aug. 9
“Monty Python and the Holy Grail”
Zion Lutheran School, Anaheim

Aug. 12
“Time Bandits”
Zion Lutheran School, Anaheim

Aug. 13
“The NeverEnding Story”
Zion Lutheran School, Anaheim

Aug. 20
“Stop Making Sense”
First American Campus, Santa Ana

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Irvine Summer Drive-In Series at the Great Park

Grab the family together and enjoy movies in the park. Food trucks will be on-site.

Aug. 8
“The Secret Life of Pets 2”

Aug. 22
“Sonic the Hedgehog”

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