Drive-in at Zidell Yards – Sold Out

August 6, 2020 – September 27, 2020 all-day

The Northwest Film Center and Portland Art Museum are creatively collaborating during these socially-distanced times to connect with audiences and bring innovative film and new media exhibitions to our community. The Cinema Unbound Drive-In at Zidell Yards, running August 6-September 27, 2020, welcomes guests to safely gather and experience the power that truly radical and entertaining cinematic storytelling can bring. This will be the first of many ways to change the archaic paradigm of what cinema can — and will — be. Doors at 8 pm. Film at dusk – approx. 8:45 pm. 

The Drive-In was created in our post-COVID world as a way to gather, untether and dissolve implied boundaries, wrap our arms around and uplift cinema — and each other — in all our many forms. When we are unbound we are open to seeing stories from different places, people, and perspectives. Blending cinema classics, indie favorites, new releases, non-fiction, animation, and art across genres and styles speaks to the unboundedness of where we’re headed next.

Each night, you will meet storytellers whose narratives spring from a wide variety of building blocks and backgrounds.  Some are first features, some are big-budget flix from those with storied creative careers. Some push boundaries in a future-forward way and some just make us flat out laugh and take us back to our youth. Some were made right here in the Northwest and the rest hail from New York, Hollywood, and representative communities everywhere.

The films and art presented represent the pioneers out there, those who refused to let their creativity — and the creative expression of others — be bound by conventions.  People who pushed the boundaries in the past and those who are trying new things in this moment. They are timely and timeless – all stories that make us think, feel, heal, and reflect to help us see the world anew at this critical moment in time.

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The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.