West Wind Drive-In Blogs

The History of AI in Film


Sep 19, 2018

As technology improves, the discussion about artificial intelligence (AI) and its capability becomes more and more prevalent. From Siri to ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft, AI is already part of our everyday lives, but its depiction in film is significantly different and has been a focal point fo ...

10 Tips to Help You Master the Drive-In


Aug 29, 2018

Going to a new place can be intimidating; you may not know what to expect or how to properly prepare. Don’t stress about coming to the drive-in because we have you covered! After reading these 10 tips, you’ll have people thinking you’ve been coming here for years! Movies My Way: Who doesn’t lov ...

Five Reasons Why You Should Spend Date Night at the Drive-In


Aug 22, 2018

Looking for the perfect place to spend date night? Well, take a leap back in time and experience the uniqueness of a drive-in movie. No, you may not see the venue flooded with letterman jackets and classic cars like in the past, but being able to watch a movie under the beautiful, starry summer sky ...

Summer Arrives with Free Movies


Apr 10, 2018

April 2, 2018, San Rafael, CA – The West Wind Drive-Ins are hosting Customer Appreciation Night with free movies to the public on Thursday, April 19. This event marks the 10th anniversary for free movies in April. Drive-In Theatres continue to see a resurgence in demand with revenues consistently ou ...

Black Panther Fun Facts


Mar 14, 2018

Since its release, Black Panther has rightfully been a box office smash. The iconic super hero film sits number one at the box office for the fourth weekend in a row, crossing the $1 billion mark. But not much was known about the king of Wakanda before appearing on the big screen, unless you were a ...

Movies My Way


Jan 24, 2018

If you are a frequent movie-goer, like myself, then you will all agree that each visit presents a different experience. We all search for the “complete” movie watching experience, filled with great company, snacks, comfortable seating, paired with a great movie, but may run out of luck somewhere alo ...

Best Picture Over the Years


Feb 07, 2017

With the Academy Awards just around the corner, I started to think about the winners of the past and which movies have won best picture in the years that West Wind Drive-Ins opened since 1952. The first West Wind Drive-In opened in 1952. Best Picture - The Greatest Show on Earth  The Coliseum D ...

Un Padre No Tan Padre is Coming to the Glendale Drive-In


Jan 19, 2017

Opening January 27, 2016 at the Glendale Drive-In, Un Padre No Tan Padre will be the first Spanish language movie of the year.  This comedy from Pantelion Films is rated PG-13. Currently, it is 60% fresh with 98% of the users wanting to see it on Rotten Tomatoes.  Set in the stately and majestic col ...

Coolest Thing To Do In Concord


Jan 18, 2017

It's Saturday Night and you are looking for something fun to do but just can't figure it out? SFGate just put our their list of the Coolest Thing to do in each Bay Area City.  So, If you live in the Concord area, you are in luck.  The Solano Drive-In is Concord's Cool Thing! Open 365 day a year, you ...

Make Plans for November 4


Oct 26, 2016

Start making plans to see one of the new movies opening on November 4.  West Wind Drive-Ins will have both!  Trolls, an ecstatically happy movie is getting good reviews especially if you are looking for a movie that is perfect for the entire family.   Rotten Tomatoes gives it an 88% Fresh and 90% of ...

What's Opening at West Wind on October 21


Oct 21, 2016

Looking for a movie to see this weekend? Here’s what’s coming out at West Wind Drive-Ins this weekend.   Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. A satisfying and compelling action thriller. Movie Guy is sitting up applauding. SF Chronicle gives it 4 out of 5 RogerEbert.com compares Cruise to Eastwood, gives it ...

See Rocky Horror Picture Show Twice



Every Halloween, Rocky Horror Picture Show is scheduled to be shown at many different venues and at many different times.  This year is no different.   Don’t miss your chance to see it on the big screen.  West Wind Drive-Ins will be showing it on Saturday, October 8 at all of their 7 drive-in locati ...

Rocky Horror on the Big Screen at West Wind Drive-Ins



Have you only seen Rocky Horror Picture Show on late night TV?  Why not visit your favorite West Wind Drive-In on October 8 to see it on the big screen? Gates will open Saturday Night at 11:00 PM for a midnight screening. We invite everyone to come in costume and do the Time Warp with other fans of ...

Zombies are Coming to West Wind's Glendale Drive-In


Sep 12, 2016

Don’t be afraid!  Zombies are invading the Glendale Drive -In on Saturday, October 22.  This year we are holding our first annual Zombie Fest with a great line up of zombie movies picked by our customers.  If you haven’t liked us on Facebook, you should do so now.  You never know when we will have a ...

No Manches Frida at West Wind Drive-In


Sep 08, 2016

Pantelion released their popular Spanish language film, No Manches Frida on September 2.  It was their second highest gross since No Instructions Included.   West Wind Drive-Ins is proud to be showing this film at select locations.  No Manches Frida, which is shown in Spanish with English subtitles, ...

Free Movies at West Wind


Aug 23, 2016

As a thank you to our amazing customers, West Wind Drive-In hosts Customer Appreciation Night three times a year at all drive-in locations.  This year is no exception.  August 25 is the second event of the year.  To start the night off, we have more of the fun activities that have become a tradition ...

What's Playing at West Wind in July


Jun 30, 2016

The kids are out of school and maybe you decided on a staycation this year.  Why not spend an evening or two at the drive-in movies? West Wind Drive-In is the place for affordable family entertainment. There are movies for everyone in your family.  This summer’s releases include horror movies, comed ...

First Timer at the Drive-In


Jun 29, 2016

When I found out I would be interning this summer at a company that owns drive-in movie theaters, I was beyond excited. So, when looking for something to do this past weekend, the answer was obvious. Go to my first drive-in movie! On Friday I jumped in the car with my best friend and we drove to the ...

Luau Night at West Wind Drive-in


Jun 15, 2016

Aloha, West Wind Ohana!  Have you ever been to a Luau? Have you ever done the hula?  West Wind Drive-In is holding their 2nd annual Luau Night on June 18. What can you expect at our Hawaiian party?  We will have plenty of activities, musical acts, and of course some dancing.  Not only is it Luau Nig ...

Triple Feature Fun



It’s not every day that you can watch three movies for one low price.  Well, Friday and Saturday are two of those days.  Visit the Solano Drive-In in Concord on either night and be able to watch Angry Birds, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, and X-Men Apocalype for only $7.95 for general admission and ...

What's Playing at West Wind in June


Jun 03, 2016

There are a lot of great movies coming out in June.  If you are into family, suspense, horror, or action there will be something for you this month.  Don’t miss out on the Family movies with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on June 3 and Finding Dory on June 17.  Did you enjoy the first Now You See Me? ...

Your Very Own Dory Tank


May 27, 2016

Hard to believe it’s been 13 years since we found Nemo. Now we sit in anticipation of Pixar’s  latest movie, Finding Dory.  After Finding Nemo, many people asked, “My family wants a Nemo Tank, where do I start?”  Everyone wanted to recreate their favorite scene from Finding Nemo to look at any time ...

The Do's and the Do's for Visiting the Drive-In


May 20, 2016

Many businesses put out lists for the Do’s and Don’ts.  Why the don’ts?  Here at West Wind Drive-In, all we suggest is for everyone to stick to the Do’s to have a great time!  The summer movie season is here and we hope everyone makes West Wind Drive-in their go-to venue for movies, fun, family, and ...

Top 10 Baseball Movies


May 12, 2016
By: Nancy Crane Topic: Top Ten

It’s baseball season, and as a tribute to our national pastime, I have put together a top 10 list of my favorite baseball movies.  They range from tear-jerkers that require a box of tissues by my side to be able to watch, to comedies that have me laughing and everything in between. 10.  Bad News Bea ...

What's Playing at West Wind in May


May 04, 2016

The first of the summer’s BIG movies open in May at West Wind Drive-Ins.  If you like super heroes,  don't miss out on Captain America:  Civil War opening May 6.  You will have choices on May 20. Will it be Angry Birds, an animated movie for the entire family, or Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, an R r ...

First Customer Appreciation Night of the Year


Apr 08, 2016

Three times a year, we at West Wind Drive-In like to thank our customers with a Customer Appreciation Night.  The highlight of the night will be free movies but there will be a lot more fun to be had at the drive-in.  Starting at 6:00 pm, customers can enjoy a variety of festivities for everyone.  T ...

What's Playing at West Wind in April


Mar 28, 2016

April is the beginning of what looks to be a great season for movies at West Wind Drive-Ins!  The month starts off with the second week of the block buster Batman v Superman and and has 2 comedies that will keep everyone laughing and a great family movie with Jungle Book and The Huntsman: Winter War ...

Pajama Party on March 26th


Mar 22, 2016

The last time you went to the movies, especially if you went to an indoor movie, we doubt you sat there in your nightgown or onesie.  Maybe some of you have actually done that,  but for many of us, the idea of going to the movies generally means going in, well, street clothes. West Wind Drive-In is ...

The Bronze Opens Thursday at Select West Wind Drive-Ins


Mar 15, 2016

It's not often West Wind Drive-In has a movie that is only being shown at a handful of theaters.  Well, this week we do!  Starting Thursday, at the Capitol Drive-In and the Sacramento Drive-In is The Bronze.  An R-rated movie about a foul-mouthed former gymnastics bronze medalist that must fight for ...

Top 10 Places To Retire


Mar 14, 2016

How lucky is everyone that already lives in Concord, CA?  Conde Nast Traveler, the luxury and lifestyle travel magazine for those in the know – without being a know-it-all, has named Concord, CA as one of the top 10 places in the world to retire.  Ranking number 7 out of 10, Concord, CA was the firs ...

What's Playing at West Wind Drive-In in March


Mar 03, 2016

There are many great movies that are opening at West Wind Drive-In in March.  There are movies in every genre everything from animated to horror to comedy and who could forget about action. Spring Break is just around the corner and a lot of movies to choose from, you should make plans to visit West ...

Top 10 Animated Movies


Feb 11, 2016

The most popular films at West Wind Drive-In are family films and most of those are animated.  One great animated film has already been released in 2016 -  Kung Fu Panda 3.  Why not make plans to visit a West Wind Drive-In to see one of the many other animated films.  These are just a few of the man ...

What's playing at West Wind Drive-In in February


Feb 04, 2016

There are many great movies that are opening at West Wind Drive-In in February.  If you like horror, comedy, or action, there is a movie just for you! Pride and Prejudice and Zombies opens February  5, 2016. Rated PG-13.  Jane Austen's classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from ...

Oscar Box Office: A Look at the 2015 Best Picture Nominees


Jan 21, 2016

The 2015 Oscar nominations have been announced with The Revenant leading the way with 12 nominations followed by Mad Max: Fury Road with ten. After crunching some numbers we've taken a look at how this year's crop of Best Picture nominees stacks up to prior, pre-nomination box office totals. Have a ...

Popcorn + Candy = Yumminess


Jan 11, 2016

Popcorn has always been a favorite but check out these 5 Movie Popcorn and Candy combos that will change the way you enjoy your popcorn at the Drive In!! #1 Get the right bite and it’s kind of like a fruit-filled Godiva truffle, except better because there’s popcorn. #2 The versatility of Sour S ...

Many Brave the Cold for Free Movies


Dec 29, 2015

West Wind Drive-In hosts Customer Appreciation Night three times a year at all drive-in locations.  This year we added a free movie weekend, December 26 and 27 at the El Rancho Drive-In, Sparks, NV.  This drive-in is seasonal and had closed on December 8. Over 600 customers bundled up and braved the ...

Star Wars The Force Awakens World Premiere


Dec 15, 2015

As reported by the Hollywood Reporter, Hollywood has seen plenty of big premieres over the years, with Marvel superheroes, A-list stars and glamorous afterparties taking over the iconic Hollywood Boulevard. But none compares to the massive premiere held for Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Monday nig ...

Arrive Early and Have Fun!



It's no secret, the drive-in has always provided good entertainment and fun activities for generations of families for over 80 years.  And since there's so much more to the drive-in than just watching movies, the fun factor is increased for those who arrive early.   Besides getting in faster and fi ...

Head back in time at the buzzing Concord drive-in


Oct 12, 2015

Two intrepid reporters set out to learn what makes an evening at the Solano Drive-In in Concord, CA so special. Listen to their report to learn about all the fun they had discovering all the interesting things the true Drive-In Experience has to offer. Your browser does not support the audio eleme ...

Strong Opening Weekend for The Martian


Oct 05, 2015

Brad Brevet from Box Office Mojo reports that the talk of The Martian breaking Gravity's October, opening weekend record began early and really spiked after the Ridley Scott film posted a better opening day than the 2013 Alfonso Cuaron sci-fi flick. However, estimates show The Martian coming up a sh ...

Hotel Transylvania 2 Breaks September Records


Sep 28, 2015

Brad Brevet from Box Office Mojo reports, that the Drac Pack appears to be the new owner of the September box office as Hotel Transylvania 2 has followed in the footsteps of its 2012 predecessor and set a new September opening weekend record. In fact, it was a pretty good weekend all around for newc ...

Maze and Mass Top Box Office


Sep 20, 2015

The week, Brad Brevet from Box Office Mojo reports that the weekend box office is up from last year with the arrival of two new wide releases, the latest young adult adaptation, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, and the Johnny Depp-led Whitey Bulger story, Black Mass. Topping the weekend was Maze Ru ...

Weekend Box Office Winners


Sep 14, 2015

According to Brad Brevet of Box Office Mojo, the weekend box office was bolstered by two strong openings for both new, major releases. The Screen Gems thriller, The Perfect Guy topped the box office with $26.7 million and M. Night Shyamalan's micro-budget thriller The Visit was a very close second w ...

First Date



First date?  Resurrect the fun of movies by going to the drive-in.  You can even have a picnic on one of the many tables outside the concession area before the movie starts.  Unlike an indoor theatre, where you have to sit quietly for the duration of a movie, an outdoor movie gives you plenty of opp ...

West Wind Drive-In Theatres Celebrate Summer With Free Movies


Aug 19, 2015

Customer Appreciation Night for New and Loyal Customers  As they have done every year for the last several years, West Wind Drive-Ins are hosting Customer Appreciation Night with free movies to the public on Thursday, August 27, 2015. Drive-In Theatres across the country are benefiting from resur ...

Revival of Americana


Jul 16, 2015

It wasn’t long ago that the fields of cement had weeds sprouting in between cracked pavement, and old rusted speakers once used for audio hung limply on wires burnt from the sun. Drive-in movie theaters were, for all intents and purposes, a dying breed. And yet somehow as consumers made the move to ...