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BELCOURT DRIVE-IN Frequently Asked Questions


How do I buy a ticket?

Scroll to the bottom of the film's page where it says “SHOWTIMES” and click on the actual time (for example, 7:00pm) under the date you’d like to buy tickets for.

Do I need to get a ticket for everyone in my vehicle?

No, one ticket is needed per vehicle.

Can I get a ticket on-site at the Belcourt Drive-In?

No, tickets are only available online through the Belcourt’s website.

What if I don’t see my ticket in my inbox?

Please check your junk or spam folder.

Can I cancel my reservation?

There are no refunds or exchanges. If you can’t use your drive-in ticket, we recommend that you give it to a friend to use.

Is there a limit to how many people can join me in my vehicle?

The number of people in your vehicle cannot exceed the number of seatbelts. Of course — as with all drive-ins — back-seat viewing can be partially obstructed by front seat occupants. (Note that all vehicles must park facing the screen, and viewing will be through your windshield. We’re not able to accommodate viewings from truck beds or open hatchbacks.)

What if it rains?

When there’s a rain forecast, we’ll send ticket holders an email if the forecast means we must cancel. And when you purchase a ticket, you’ll also have the option to provide your mobile number — which we’ll only use to text you with cancellation information.

If weather conditions require cancellation, your ticket can be used for a rescheduled rain date. If no rain date is possible, your ticket will be refunded.

If it starts raining during the movie, please shelter in your vehicle. Light rain will not necessarily stop a screening. In the case of lightning, however — with or without rain — we’ll halt the screening. If it’s necessary to do so, vehicles must exit the lot under the direction of Belcourt staff to ensure everyone can leave safely and efficiently.

When should I arrive onsite?

The parking lot will open one hour before the movie’s start time. 

Based on the type of vehicle you have — which you’ll indicate when you buy a ticket — you’ll be asked to arrive at the Belcourt within a particular time frame during that one-hour window. We’ll send that time frame information to you. This staggered arrival schedule helps ensure a more efficient parking process. 

You’ll also receive the time at which we’ll close the parking lot for entry. Once the lot is closed, no one will be allowed to enter for safety’s sake.

How will I be checked-in?

Your tickets will be scanned as you pull into the parking lot. Please make sure your ticket is either on your phone or have it printed. Our Belcourt parking lot staff will direct each vehicle to a specific parking spot.

How long does it take to park?

It varies — but not too long! (And thanks in advance for your patience.)


Here’s how it works. The parking lot opens one hour before each drive-in screening’s start time.

When you purchase your ticket, you’ll be asked to indicate your vehicle type — (1) sedan or coupe; (2) hatchback, station wagon or crossover; (3) minivan, SUV or truck. And based on the type of vehicle you have, you’ll be asked to arrive at the Belcourt during a particular time frame within that “one hour before showtime” window.

This staggered arrival schedule helps ensure a more efficient parking process. And, depending on your vehicle type, you may be asked to wait briefly in a separate queue in front of the Belcourt’s building.

All these measures are aimed at making the parking process as efficient as possible — while also making sure that every vehicle has good sight lines for movie-viewing.

Can any size vehicle get a parking spot?

Extended or XL-size SUVs*, trucks and vans are not permitted — nor are RVs or any vehicle with a trailer attached — due to turning radius issues in the lot. Motorcycles, bicycles and walk-ins are not permitted for safety and distancing reasons.

*Examples of XL-size SUVs include Toyota Highlander XLE, Chevrolet Suburban/Yukon XL.

Can I bring chairs to sit outside my car?

No. Once parked, you must stay in your vehicle at all times — unless purchasing from our outdoor snack bar or visiting the restroom, in which case masks must be worn and social distancing rules apply.

Sitting or standing outside in the lot itself, or sitting on your vehicle’s roof or hood is not permitted.

Do I need to bring a mask?

Yes. If you leave your vehicle to purchase from our outdoor snack bar or to visit the restroom, you must wear a mask.

And please wear a mask when interacting with Belcourt staff members.

Please make sure that your mask...         

  • Fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Covers your nose and mouth entirely
  • Is secured with ties or ear loops
  • Includes multiple layers of fabric

What about restrooms?

Restrooms are located inside the Belcourt. We are limiting the number of people allowed in the restrooms at any given time (one person in the men’s room; two people in the women’s room), and will be disinfecting regularly.

The line for the restrooms will start in the plaza area in front of the theatre’s main entrance.

Masks must be worn at all times when outside your vehicle.

Can I keep my car engine on during the movie?

Engines, headlights and running lights should be turned off during the movie. (And it’s a good idea to familiarize how to do so for your particular vehicle — every make/model seems to have slightly different “how-to’s.”)

Because the radios of some newer vehicles will automatically turn off after particular intervals, we understand you may need to turn your car on briefly to re-start your radio.

What if my battery dies?

No worries! We’ve got jumper cables.

How will I listen to the movie?

All vehicles attending will need a functioning FM radio. You’ll receive the FM station frequency via email with your ticket confirmation — and we’ll remind you when you arrive for your screening. Remember that you cannot tune to the signal with a smartphone.

Also, as noted above, some newer vehicles will automatically turn off after particular intervals. We understand you may need to turn your car on briefly to re-start your radio.

When my car radio is on, my dashboard’s lights are on — and are distracting? What should I do?

Our best DIY solution is to bring a towel/blanket to cover the lights. It’ll help you enjoy the movie more!

What if my vehicle doesn’t have a radio, or it doesn’t work?

We’ll have a few (well-sanitized) backup radios at the Belcourt for your use.

Can I bring my own drinks and snacks to the Belcourt Drive-in?

Yes. We’ll also have an outdoor snack bar stocked with popcorn, candy, soda and water (payment via credit/debit cards only). We also encourage you to support our neighboring Hillsboro Village restaurants by purchasing takeout dinner to enjoy during the movie.

All local laws regarding consumption of alcohol will be in effect.

What safety precautions is the Belcourt taking?

All Belcourt staff will wear masks and gloves — and will maintain 6-feet of distance between other staff and drive-in attendees.

All parking spots will be socially distant from each other.

All equipment (such as scanners, credit/debit card machines, etc.) will be regularly and frequently sanitized.

Restrooms will be regularly and frequently sanitized.

Hand sanitizer will be available for your use.

We ask if you are feeling sick, please stay home to protect yourself and others. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose.

What should I do in case of an emergency?

Please turn on your blinking hazard lights, and a Belcourt staff member will come right over to assist.

What if I need to leave the movie early?

If you have to leave the movie early, please turn on your blinking hazard lights, and Belcourt staff will guide your vehicle safely out of the parking lot. Please do NOT pull out of your parking space without the guidance of a staff member.

What if I have a question that’s not answered here?

First, please review our Belcourt Drive-In Procedures and Policies. If you still have a question, please email us here.

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