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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!

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, all revenues go to directly the restaurant.

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

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.



Sat 25 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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Sat 25 July 2020 –  LATE NIGHT SCREENING!!
ONLY $20 / car!
UK, USA, 1974. Directed by Saul Bass. 84min. PG

Gates 11:00PM / Film 11:30PM

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

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Sun 26 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.

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  • 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.