OCTOBER 18 – 22, 2023

October 30th & 31st

Halloween at the Drive-In

@ Westfield UTC

Proceeds to Benefit San Diego Film Foundation Focus on Impact Educational Program



The San Diego International Film Festival Drive-In Movies @ Westfield UTC for Halloween weekend!

Drive-In Movies are back big time!  It’s the preferred 2020 version of watching films on the big screen!  In partnership with Westfield UTC, San Diego’s ultimate shopping and leisure experience, a parking lot will be transformed into the perfect spot for Drive-In Movies.

The COVID appropriate venue will space cars 6’ apart and feature film favorites. Not only do we have a perfect venue under the stars, but you’ll also have the incredible line-up of Westfield’s restaurants to choose from!


Arrive early and find the Witches of Westfield in the shopping center to collect your sweet treats and glowing goodies to enjoy during the film! Dine at one of your favorite restaurants or pick up take out to bring back to the car.

Costumes are encouraged!

There’s also a Halloween Scavenger Hunt taking place at Westfield UTC through Oct 31. Click here to learn more and to download the Scavify app to get started. Safely complete all 10 tasks between 11am-7pm and receive a delicious prize! All are welcome.


[mkdf_timetable_list shadow=”yes” title=”JOIN US”][mkdf_timetable_list_item title=”DATE”]Fri, October 30 – BeetleJuice
Sat, October 31 – Hocus Pocus[/mkdf_timetable_list_item][mkdf_timetable_list_item title=”TIME”]Doors Open: 5:00 PM
Film Starts: 6:30 PM[/mkdf_timetable_list_item][mkdf_timetable_list_item title=”PLACE”]MACY’S PARKING LOT
Westfield UTC
4545 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA  92122[/mkdf_timetable_list_item][mkdf_timetable_list_item title=”TICKETS”]VIP: $50/ car
General Admission Ticket : $30/ car

*Purchase is for 1 ticket per car
*VIP tickets get access to the front rows for prime viewing access. Additional VIP perks will be given on-site.


All CDC and State of California guidelines will be followed, and we are working closely with the City of San Diego to ensure this event meets or exceeds all recommended standards. Event staff will be wearing PPE (personal protective equipment) as required by CDC guidelines. 

To ensure safety, we will leave enough distance between you and the surrounding vehicles. For the safety of our staff and guests, we ask that you remain in your vehicle unless using the facilities. Surfaces will be cleaned on an ongoing basis and our staff will be wearing masks.

We ask that all guests remain in/by their vehicles and practice social distancing as much as possible. You may remove your mask if you are in or on your car, but if you leave your vehicle, please wear your mask and practice social distancing. Security guidelines will be strictly enforced. Failure to follow safe social distancing, or requests from security or staff members, may lead to removal from the premises. 


From the north: Take the I-805 South and use Exit 25 for Miramar Road/La Jolla Village Dr. Turn right heading west on La Jolla Village Dr. Turn left onto Towne Centre Dr. followed by a right onto Nobel Dr. Turn right at the 2nd cross street onto Lombard Pl. If you’ve come to the Genesee Ave. intersection, you’ve gone too far.

Follow Lombard Place until you see the parking arm/ticket machine. The parking lot for the drive-in event will be on your left.

From the south: Take the I-805 North and use Exit 25A for Nobel Dr. Turn left onto Nobel Dr. Turn right at the 2nd cross street onto Lombard Pl. If you’ve come to the Genesee Ave intersection, you’ve gone too far. 

Follow Lombard Pl. until you see the parking arm/ticket machine. The parking lot for the drive-in event will be on your left. 


From the north: Take the I-5 South and use Exit 28 for La Jolla Village Dr. Turn left heading east on La Jolla Village Dr. Turn right onto Lebon Dr. followed by a left onto Nobel Dr. Turn left onto Lombard Pl. just after the Genesee intersection.

Follow Lombard Pl. until you see the parking arm/ticket machine. The parking lot for the drive-in event will be on your left.

From the south: Take the I-5 North and use Exit 28A for Nobel Dr. Turn right heading east on Nobel Dr. Turn left onto Lombard Pl. just after the Genesee intersection.

Follow Lombard Pl. until you see the parking arm/ticket machine. The parking lot for the drive-in event will be on your left.

No, parking will be validated for drive-in guests. Upon entering the Westfield complex, take a parking ticket. Make sure to pick up your swag bag at the booth after you’ve parked for the movie – it will contain your parking validation. Parking is complimentary all day on the day of your screening, so come early and visit the mall.

Entry gates will open at 5:00 PM and close promptly at 6:30 PM. You must arrive before 7:30 PM to be granted access. Parking attendants will direct vehicles into a designated parking spot. We suggest planning your arrival as early as possible so that our staff can direct you to the best spot possible based on availability and the size of your vehicle. All spots are first-come first-served.

Make sure to have your ticket either printed in advance or ready on your phone for us to scan. We will be giving you a ticket to redeem your swag bag before the screening. If you feel uncomfortable to roll your window down please show the code though the window. 

No – There will be a section in the front for VIP ticket holders, the rest of the parking will be for General Admission tickets. Parking spaces will NOT be assigned prior to arrival. Vehicles will be placed on a first-come first-served basis and will also be based on vehicle size.

Please follow the direction of parking attendants and venue staff. For everyone’s safety, it is important that you stay in the space you are assigned throughout the event. Parking spaces between vehicles must remain clear.

Parking attendants monitor vehicle parking to ensure the best viewing for all visitors. Large vehicles, trucks and SUVs will be required to park in the rear. RVs, campers and oversized vehicles are not permitted.

The movie audio will be broadcast through 91.7 FM radio station only. If you have satellite radio, please turn it off before driving into the theatre. Vehicles will not be allowed to remain running during the movie and headlights must be off. In case of a dead battery, parking attendants will be able to assist with portable jump kits.

You may sit in your vehicle, on the hood/trunk, in the bed of your truck or the trunk of your hatchback/SUV. (Please note: Gates/trunks cannot remain open higher than the roof of the vehicle. Please have a method to keep the gate from opening all the way). Sitting on the ground or roof of any vehicle is not allowed. Please use common courtesy so everyone can enjoy the show.


Yes, portable restrooms will be available. But the following guidelines must be observed:

  • All guests exiting their vehicle MUST wear a mask or face covering.
  • Once out of the vehicle, guests must maintain 6 ft. social distancing and walk directly to and from the restroom.
  • In addition to restrooms, hand washing and sanitizer stations will be available.

Yes, outside food and beverage is allowed, however, no tailgating outside the vehicle is allowed. Westfield’s restaurants are open! Come early and enjoy dining al fresco before the 7 PM film screening, or pick up your favorite meal and take-out to enjoy in your car!

  • Advertising, selling or promoting any third-party product (including, but not limited to, food and beverage items)
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Fireworks
  • Generators
  • Grills or fryers
  • Kerosene lamps or open flames of any kind
  • Laser pointers
  • Littering
  • Noisemakers
  • Tents, stand umbrellas and tarps
  • Use of drones
  • Wagons and strollers
  • Weapons

Please note that failure to follow these guidelines may result in ejection from the event.


 No. To be considerate of all attendees we do not allow smoking at this event. Thank you for your understanding. 

No, pets are not allowed.

Show same-day drive-in pass with select shops and restaurants for exclusive offers, including:

  • Parana Empanadas: Box of 12 empanadas, including sauces + 2 soft drinks for just $25! Located near Macy’s and Cotton On.
  • Free Shake! Use code MOVIESHAKE for a free shake with any $20+ purchase at Shake Shack. To get started, download the Shack App or visit order.shakeshack.com. (Valid for $6 off $20. One time use. Cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion.)
  • Amazing family meal bundles from True Food Kitchen, packaged up for families of 2, 4 or 6 guests starting at just $32. Movie-goers enjoy 15% off! *Plus, True Food Kitchen will deliver directly to the drive-in movie lot! Order here.
  • $10 Din Tai Fung gift card included in each gift bag presented to vehicles in attendance Sept 18 & 19 only (Tip: Order in advance to account for wait times.) Click here to place your order or to make a reservation.
  • Enjoy a glass of house wine on tap for just $7.95 with purchase of an entree when dining al fresco at The Winery Restaurant OR enjoy 10% off your online take-out order with code DRIVEIN10.
  • Get 20% off Meals to Go or the regular menu from Bazille at Nordstrom when you mention the September Drive-In Series upon ordering. Contactless curbside pickup for food orders is available on P3 (Zone 304) of Genesee Garage, where the restaurant team will bring your meal out to your trunk. Or, dine-in with 20% savings (not including alcohol) and wine bottle specials (Chardonnay $12, Cabernet Sauvignon $15) upon presenting your ticket. Preview menus here.
  • Seasons 52 offers movie-goers exclusive pricing on Family Style meals ordered for takeout and complimentary flatbread. Dine-in guests will be treated to a mini indulgence. Family Style meals feed 4-6 people and include one protein, one salad, two sides and four mini indulgence desserts; Caramelized Sea Scallops ($120), Words Grilled Filet Mignon ($120), Cedar Plank Roasted Salmon ($100).


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