Our 2020 Guide to East Bay movie screenings is a little different than previous years. Rather than reporting on wide open spaces where families can gather on blankets and lawn chairs, the outdoor movies are all drive-ins and pop-up drive-ins. Here are a few fun places to watch movies after-dark that are not your couch through the summer and early autumn! Please note: these showings tend to sell out real quick, whether free or for a fee.
Be prepared with face coverings and the expectation you will not leave your vehicle. Rules will vary per location.
Pop-up drive in movies in the East Bay
Alameda Landing, Alameda
The Alameda Landing Shopping Center is offering FREE drive-in movies throughout July and August (reservations required) Learn more >>
Alameda Fairgrounds, Pleasanton
Read about the pop-up movies with advance purchase tickets, free fair tickets for 2021, and fair food at the ready at the Alameda County Fairgrounds Drive-in.
Berkeley Marina Drive-In, Berkeley
Reserve your “ticket” for a free drive-in movie series certain Friday nights at the Berkeley Marina. Learn more about the Berkeley Drive-In.
Corica Park Golf Course, Alameda
Being operated by the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, the films shown at Corica Park Golf Course is playing classic movies for $30 per carload. Buy concessions and tickets in advance. Learn more >>
Dublin High School, Dublin
Picnic Flix Drive-in Edition is being held in the high school parking lot with a 50-car capacity at $15/car. Learn more >>
Fremont’s “Car Cinema”, Fremont
Reserve your car’s spot for $35 with additional packages offered including food and beverage. Tickets are limited and pre-sale only. The lot opens at 7 pm and the shows begin at sunset. Learn more >>
New Parkway @ Heist, Oakland
Walk in with a blanket and up to six people for your reserved spot at the New Parkway Outdoor Movies.
More drive-in movies coming soon?
More towns’ park districts and businesses with large walls may surprise and delight us with outdoor screenings in parking lots and socially distanced fields. We can’t wait! Rumor has it that Wal-mart will be offering drive-in movies and in-car delivery of shopping goods, but we don’t know if our East Bay location is on the list.
Is your favorite pop-up drive-in missing from our list? Drop us a comment!
Established Drive-in Movies in the East Bay
Solano West Wind, Concord
We’re big fans of this Concord drive-in and its social distancing modifications. Offering movie nights at a good price and selection throughout the week.