NAC Nomadic Cinema

By 30 June 2020July 5th, 2020No Comments

A drive-in arthouse cinema with great things to eat!

The NAC Nomadic Cinema is rolling across Niagara this summer. First stop: beautiful $t. Ca$hrine$-on-the-Parking-Lot — literally!

Hot new releases, classics, and docs light up a custom-built screen as big as a box car while every effort of foley artists is beamed into your car on the FM dial. (Car owners with AM radios take note!)

The Film Programming Group — Barry Grant, Joan Nicks, Natasha Pedros, Stephen Remus, and Kasia Smuga — who brought you PAC’s Film House program for its first 4 years, have teamed up again to find the extraordinary titles film-lovers in St. Catharines deserve.

And, NAC has partnered with our long-time friends in Niagara’s world-renowned culinary sector to deliver the tastiest fare direct to you in the comfort of your car. Food is not included in ticket price and all revenues go to directly the restaurant!

It’s the safest cinema experience you can have with others. This is not another facsimile of the experiences that we used to have. The NAC Nomadic Cinema is it’s own innovative thing!

The cinema will be parked in St. Catharines at the corner of Church and Wellington Streets. The first screening is Thursday 9 July. Gates to the lot open at 8:30PM / Films start at 9:15PM.

Wellington Court, Mahtay Cafe, and Dispatch will please your taste buds as only they know how.

Due to current restrictions, capacity is limited. Tickets are $36 per car (recommended 2 people per car). Food is not included.

Special Thanks to our Community partners:Economic Development at the City of St. Catharines, Wild Car Audio, Wellington Court Restaurant, Mahtay Cafe, Dispatch Restaurant, the St. Catharines Downtown Association, RAMM Design Labs, and Rob Robbins of Live On Request.

Menus to be announced.

We’re just working out a few things with our ticketing and concessions system. Stay tuned!

Gates open at 8:30pm / Film begins at 9:15pm

Great things to eat by Wellington Court

Thu 9 July, Fri 10 July, Sat 11 July 2020
UK, USA, 2019. Directed by Leslie Woodhead. 89min. NR

Tracing the story of Ella Fitzgerald’s life, this documentary film explores how her music became a soundtrack for a tumultuous century. From a 1934 talent contest at the Apollo Theatrein Harlem, the film follows Ella’s extraordinary journey across five decades as she reflects the passions and troubles of the times in her music and life.  

Moving beyond conventional biopic, the film uses images and music to evoke the feel of those times bringing to life the history of Ella’s unique career.  

Featuring interviews from Smokey Robinson, Tony Bennett, Jamie Cullum, Norma Miller, and Ella’s adopted son Ray Brown Jr.

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Sun 12 July 2020
UK, 1949.  Directed by Robert Hamer. 106 min. PG

When his mother eloped with an Italian opera singer, Louis Mazzini (Dennis Price) was cut off from her aristocratic family. After the family refuses to let her be buried in the family mausoleum, Louis avenges his mother’s death by attempting to murder every family member (all played by Alec Guinness) who stands between himself and the family fortune. But when he finds himself torn between his longtime love (Joan Greenwood) and the widow of one of his victims (Valerie Hobson), his plans go awry.

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Gates open at 8:30pm / Film begins at 9:15pm

Great things to eat by Mahtay Cafe

Thurs 16 July, Fri 17 July, Sat 18 July  2020
Italy, UK, USA, Greece, 2019. Directed by Abel Ferrara. 115min. R
Presented in English and Italian with English subtitles. 

Abel Ferrara’s first dramatic feature since 2014’s Pasolini reteams the filmmaker and his frequent lead Willem Dafoe, who delivers a career-best performance as the title character, an older American expat living in Rome with his young wife and their daughter. Disoriented by his past misgivings and subsequent, unexpected blows to his self-esteem, Tommaso wades through this late chapter of his life with an increasingly impaired grasp on reality as he prepares for his next film. Tommaso is easily Ferrara and Dafoe’s most personal and engrossing collaboration to date, a delicately surrealistic work of autofiction marked by the keen sensitivity of two consummate artists.

Sun 19 July  2020
UK, 1961. Directed by Peter Sellers. 97min. PG

Unwilling to sacrifice his principles, Albert Topaze (Peter Sellers), a poor but proud French schoolmaster, loses his job after he refuses to alter the failing grades of one of his students. Seizing the opportunity to exploit his well-known honesty, actress Suzy Courtois (Nadia Gray) convinces her lover, the corrupt city council member Castel Benac (Herbert Lom), to hire Topaze as a managing director for one of his shady businesses. But when Topaze learns he is being used, he cunningly turns the tables on Benac and makes off with all the money.

Seller’s first and only credited directorial feature, Mr. Topaze displays the British comic genius at the peak of his powers alongside his future Pink Panther nemesis Herbert Lom and a stellar supporting cast that includes Nadia Gray, Leo McKern, Billie Whitelaw, and Michael Gough.

Gates open at 8:30pm / Film begins at 9:15pm

Great things to eat by Dispatch

Thu 23 July, Fri 24 July, Sat 25 July 2020
Canada, 2019. Directed by Ryan McKenna. 95min. NR

Cranks is a city symphony focused on several different characters living in the sleepy isolated town of Winnipeg. Formally, the film emulates the aesthetic of a photo album – each new scene a black & white tableau vivant of a new character and setting. Connecting the various characters is the letters they all wrote – very odd ones – to Peter Warren, the radio host of the infamous Action Line program, which was broadcast throughout Canada from 1971-1998. Cranks explores how journalists like Peter Warren, who pioneered an accusatory and belligerent style of reporting, how this angry way of tackling issues has trickled down into our culture, and has affected and emboldened real lives.

Sun 26 July 2020
UK, USA, 1974. Directed by Saul Bass. 84min. PG

Desert ants suddenly form a collective intelligence and begin to wage war on the inhabitants. It is up to two scientists and a stray girl they rescue from the ants to destroy them. 

For those of you with Criterion Collection subscriptions, you’ll be aware of celebrations to mark the centenary of Saul Bass’ birth. The famous graphic designer and filmmaker was responsible for some of the most stunning opening titles in film history. Phase IV is the only film that Bass directed, a unique sci-fi tale that captures some of the strangest and eeriest special effects ever created.

Phase IV is the greatest killer insect movie ever made… think of it as the 2001: A Space Odyssey of treacherous ant movies.” – Jim Knipfel, Den of Geek


  • To meet provincial guidelines all tickets must be ordered in advance.
  • Entrance available 45 min before showtime. Gates open 8:30 Start Time 9:15 PM; sorry no late-comers. 
  • Must provide license number of vehicle to verify entrance. 20 car capacity, No reservations for spots.
  • Vehicles must be separated by a minimum of two metres. All vehicles will be ushered to their  parking spot.
  • No walk-ins are permitted.
  • Audio will be  broadcast on an FM radio signal. Turning your vehicles ignition key to the “Accessory” position will consume very little power.
  • If you have to turn on your car, engage the emergency brake and this usually stops the headlights from turning on.
  • Niagara Artists Centre & property management assume NO responsibility for injury, property loss, or damage of any kind.
  • Management reserves the right to adopt or change any rule at any time, with or without notice to best serve our customer’s safety as well as our best business practice.

Health + Safety

NAC is working closely with the Niagara Region’s Covid Task Force and the health inspectors so we are in accordance with their guidelines. Drive-in movie theatre operators are required to adhere to conditions, limit physical interactions, and promote social distancing to protect the health and safety of the public and prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Each person in attendance at the drive-in, other than persons working at the drive-in movie theatre, must remain within a motor vehicle designed to be closed to the elements, except where necessary to use a washroom, or as may otherwise be required for the purposes of health and safety. We request you wear a mask if you leave your vehicle to go to the washroom.