Drive-In Movie Etiquette. Please read carefully before making your reservation.
The Phoenix Theatre Drive-In is currently on hiatus due to long daylight hours. Check back in August for more great titles and see what's playing in our auditorium.
How do I make a reservation?
Reservations can be made online at www.FortNelsonShow.com/reservations or by calling the box office at 250-774-2241 from 1PM – 4PM. Please keep in mind these events are limited to 50 people per showing (yes, even though everyone is in their vehicle). When making your reservation please have an alternate show date in the case that your first choice is sold out. Reservations are not confirmed until our staff contact you for confirmation and payment is received. We also encourage patrons to pre-purchase their concessions at the time of reservation for window delivery. Payment can be made by credit card over the phone or Interac e-transfer.
Can I leave my vehicle engine running during the movie?
*UPDATE: For winter drive-ins vehicles can remain idling for the entire film. To keep down on emissions we will be reducing capacity to one row of vehicles. Lights still need to be turned off!
No. We ask that all vehicles be turned off during the show. The only exception is if your window has fogged and you need to temporarily start your engine to clear your glass or warm up. Other than that please keep your vehicle off. If you need to run your vehicle during the show, apply the parking brake before starting the engine. That way your day time running lights won’t turn on. Do not engage your brake lights and leave your headlights off. The movies are best enjoyed when there are no distractions.
How do I hear the film?
Turn your key to the “accessory” position and tune your radio to 87.9FM to hear the film. There is no app to listen to the movie soundtrack; an FM tuner is required. If you do not have an FM tuner in your vehicle stereo you will need to bring a portable battery powered boombox or radio. We do not provide radios or power.
What if my vehicle battery dies?
The "accessory" position will consume very little power. If you're concerned about your car battery you can bring a portable battery powered boombox or radio. If your battery dies we have booster packs available for anyone that needs a boost after the film.
What time should I arrive?
Arrive early to avoid delays. It’s recommended to arrive at least 30 minutes before show time.
Where will I park?
We will have a pre-determined parking spot for you. Volunteers will show you to your spot and help you park so that you have the best view of the screen.
Can I park next to my friend?
Maybe. It doesn’t hurt to make the request, but get the request in early so we can try to accommodate. No guaranties!
Can I get in after the show starts?
No, once the movie starts there will be no admission, even if you are reserved. If you are late you lose your spot, so don’t be late! No refunds!
Can I bring my own food?
Those who wish to bring their own food will require a "food permit" at a cost of $5 per vehicle. If you're comfortable with window deliveries we ask that you please support our organisation by purchasing your concessions from us. We have great prices and the popcorn is popped fresh and topped with real butter! The concession is available by pre-order and will be delivered to your window. Staff are equipped with masks and gloves to keep things as safe as possible. Please purchase enough ahead of time to keep you going for the entire film as there will not be a chance for re-fills or further purchases.
Can I sit outside?
Due to social distancing protocols we ask that all patrons remain in their vehicle. However, you can sit in the box of your truck or park your SUV backwards and open your hatch. The hatch must be tied down to the level of the roof to not disturb those behind you. Please keep at least 6 feet of distance from others for the health and safety of everyone attending.
Are washrooms available?
Yes, the theatre lobby will be open for washroom visits. Protocols for physical distancing are in place and a washroom attendant will be disinfecting handles and faucents regularly.
Can I bring my dog?
Sorry, no dogs or pets are permitted on the grounds. Management will refuse admission to those bringing pets.
What happens if it rains?
The movie plays rain or shine or snow. In the case of severe adverse weather or cancellation we will issue vouchers for your next film. There are no refunds.
Can I use movie passes to pay for admission?
At this time we are not accepting regular movie passes for drive-in films. The admission cost of our drive-in films is significantly lower than our regular films. We will accept concession vouchers for combos - please let staff know what concession passes you would like to use and bring them to the movie for exchange.
Can I leave and come back in?
No. There are no in and out privileges.
Can I let my children run around the parking lot?
For the love of god no. Remember there are cars driving around and restrictions on physical distancing in place. Please keep in yourself and your family members inside the vehicle unless you need to use the washroom facilities.
How many cases of beer am I allowed to bring in?
Zero alcohol of any kind. Drinking and driving is against the law. Please leave the beer at home – no alcohol allowed on the premises.
Can I smoke?
We ask that patrons refrain from smoking while watching the film. There are no designated smoking areas and patrons must remain in their vehicles unless they need washroom facilities.