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San Francisco Sundance Film Festival drive-in screenings are sold out, but here's how you can still score a ticket

Kristen Philipkoski

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When the Sundance Film Festival launches next week on Thursday January 28, it will screen films in a virtual format for the first time in its 40-plus-year history. Virtual attendees can view from their sofas anywhere in the world.

In cities from Atlanta to Wichita and including San Francisco, Sundance is working closely with local governments and public health officials to organize safe, in-person screenings using the drive-in model. San Francico shut down drive-ins in early December, but the city has made an exception for a temporary drive-in. Lucky Bay Area residents who were fast on the uptake will be able to enjoy select Sundance films from their vehicles at the Fort Mason pop-up drive-in, safely distanced from their fellow moviegoers, one household per car allowed.

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Photo from the film CODA courtesy Sundance Institute

Sundance partnered with local nonprofit Roxie Theater to sell tickets. Unfortunately, the $49-a-piece San Francisco tickets are sold out.

But mark your calendars for January 25, becasue on that date, a limited number of additional tickets may be released. Sign up for the Roxie newsletter to get the notification (enter your email in the subscription field in the left column of the Roxie's front page).

Films that will be screened in San Francisco include:

  • CODA
  • Son of Monarchs
  • In The Earth
  • Together Together
  • Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It
  • My Name is Pauli Murray
  • R#J
  • First Date
  • Try Harder!
  • Users
  • Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir
  • Rebel Hearts

The screenings run from January 28 to February 2, and Fort Mason is the only satellite location for Sundance in Northern California. Be aware that SUVs will be relegated to the back of the audience so they don't block the view.

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