3233 Donald Douglas Loop S,
Santa Monica Interim Open Space
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Off the I-10 Fwy W, exit S. Bundy Drive. You'll be able to see the movie screen from Bundy. Turn right onto Airport Ave, drive past the soccer field, and turn right onto Donald Douglas Loop. Go to the end of the road, turn right again, and take a quick left into The Drive-Up.
Enjoy outdoor cinema in a whole new way! We’ve reimagined our approach to drive-ins with a new hybrid cinema experience called The Drive-Up!
Iconic movies play on a 64' screen, and guests can view the movie from either a vehicle or decked out seating area. We offer a selection of classic cinema concessions, and you're welcome to bring your own food. Restrooms are available on-site and will be regularly sanitized.
We offer classic cinema concessions such as freshly-popped popcorn (vegan) and a wide selection of candies, specialty snacks and soft drinks that you can review on our Concessions Menu.
We love being a part of our local communities that have so many other wonderful businesses and restaurants. If you’re looking to support local businesses and pair great food with great film, be sure to check out our Santa Monica Restaurant Recommendations. You’re welcome to enjoy your takeout meals at our Drive-Up!
Although we try our best to screen come rain or shine, sometimes we are forced to cancel due to weather-related issues. Extreme rain, wind and heat can occasionally prevent us from screening. Oh, the joys of outdoor cinema!
We always do everything we can to put on the show, but in the event that we must cancel, we will notify you as soon as possible via email and text message with the option to easily transfer your ticket or obtain a refund. Sometimes emails can be missed, so we recommend adding your phone number in the My Account section on our website using the same email you used to purchase tickets. You can check the day-of status of your screening on our Weather Updates page.
All ages are welcome to this venue, however, we encourage you to check the rating of the film you are purchasing tickets for. If you would like to purchase Lawn Box seating, we also recommend only bringing children 5 and up to ensure they are able to tune into the film using our one-size headphones.
We love our dogs, and we know you love yours too! That’s why The Drive-Up is dog-friendly, every day for all screenings. Stay tuned for special menu items and surprises for your four-legged friends. PLEASE NOTE: you are responsible for cleaning up after your dog, and all dogs must be kept on a leash at all times. A special relief area will be provided at the venue.
Our number one priority is our guests’ and team’s safety and wellbeing, which is why we have adapted our operations at The Drive-Up. Please review our safety measures and guidelines for guests before booking a screening at rftp.cc/santamonicasafety.
As you know, an outdoor cinema isn't really complete without a cool, refreshing breeze, and our proximity to the ocean means it really tends to cool off as the night goes on. That being said, you are highly encouraged to BYOB – Bring Your Own Blanket (or your coziest sweater). You'll thank us later!
1. Drive-In: Drive in to enjoy the movie from your own vehicle and designated tailgating space, and then tune into movie sound through the FM radio in your car or through a portable radio. Ticket types include Movie Buddy (max 2 guests) and Movie Squad (3 or more guests). Children 5 and under do not count as vehicle occupants. Parking spaces will be first-come-first-serve and assigned by parking attendants upon arrival. Please note: No vehicles exceeding 20ft long and 8ft tall will be admitted to the venue.
2. Premier Drive-In: Drive up to your parking spot at the front of the venue and enjoy a fully furnished tailgating area directly in front of your vehicle with plush turf, deckchairs, wireless headphones, a side table and popcorn. The Premier Movie Buddy includes two deckchairs and one 46 oz. popcorn to share, and the Premier Movie Squad includes four deckchairs and two 46 oz. popcorns to share. Children 5 and under do not count as vehicle occupants. You will be able to listen via the FM radio in your vehicle, but please note that headphones are one size and are recommended for guests age 5 and up.