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Drive-in Movies Return to Santa Cruz

Drive-in movies return to Santa Cruz on Friday, Sept. 4 at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

SANTA CRUZ, CA (August 31, 2020) –Drive-in movies at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk have been rescheduled to begin on Friday, September 4th and Saturday, September 5 at 8:00pm. Proceeds from ticket sales during the first two nights of the series will benefit local fire relief through the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County relief efforts.

The Boardwalk's Drive-In Movies were originally slated to start on August 21, but the first two weeks were postponed due to the impacts from the CZU August Lightning Complex Fire in Santa Cruz County. 

"Now more than ever, the community needs our support because of the devastating impact of the recent fires," said Kris Reyes, Boardwalk spokesperson. "We feel honored to be able to raise funds for local fire relief while providing local families a fun and safe night out."

The Boardwalk will now officially launch their first drive-in movie on Friday and Saturday, September 4th and 5th. The movie series will run through October 10 in the Boardwalk’s river parking lot located at the corner of Beach Street and 3rd Street. Shows will start at 8pm in September and 7:30pm in October, with a number of tickets available for purchase online in advance, and gates opening one hour prior to showtime.

Movies scheduled are:
September 4 & 5, 8pm - Aladdin (2009)
September 11 & 12, 8pm - The Goonies
September 18 & 19, 8pm - 50 First Dates
September 25 & 26, 8pm - Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse
October 2 & 3, 7:30pm - Jumanji (2017)
October 9 & 10, 7:30pm - Guardians of the Galaxy 

The drive-in will be limited to 120 cars. Admission is $25 per vehicle. Reservations are available  at

"We are excited to offer quality entertainment to the community in a safe environment," shared Karley Pope, the Boardwalk’s Director of Sales and Entertainment. "All relevant health and safety protocols will be followed, and we are confident guests will love this unique experience."

Drive-ins across the country are experiencing a revival, offering a safer alternative for movie viewing during the Covid-19 pandemic. Among the measures the Boardwalk will be taking include parking vehicles spaced out to give more physical between them, having moviegoers staying in their vehicles unless using the restroom, and only offering prepackaged food and beverages.

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is located at 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. For general information, call (831) 423-5590, email [email protected] or visit

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