The Shotwell Drive-In2020-09-28T16:34:57-04:00


Welcome to our newest adventure, The Shotwell Drive-In!

Located conveniently just off of Route 1 in Rockport, we will be hosting a few films per month and using the theater as a venue for the 2020 festival. Space is limited – all screenings are pre-registration. We are working with the Film Festival Alliance to ensure we follow the best safety precautions as we begin to have in-person events. Detailed instructions will be emailed to ticket holders before the each event.

Tickets cost $20 per vehicle and get you in to see great films in a community gathering. Most of our screenings will have concessions available on site!

Upcoming Films

CIFF at The Shotwell Drive-In!

Showcasing some of the year’s best non-fiction storytelling, the program at this year’s festival is not to be missed. Featuring a Secret Screening co-directed by an Academy Award winning director; another great film by local director, Ian Cheney; Joaquin Phoenix-produced cinematic gem, GUNDA. Opening night is a special screening of Sundance award winning TIME, the newest from director Garrett Bradley. Several of the evenings are free for the community. Purchase 1 ticket per car please!

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Past Showings

Special Screening!

Wednesday, 9/23 at 7pm

RGB (2018)

At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior’s rise to the nation’s highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg’s exceptional life and career from Betsy West and Julie Cohen, and co-produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films.

September 12, 7:30 pm

The Way I See It (2020)

Coming to us one day after its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival;
Live virtual Q&A to follow!

Based on the New York Times #1 bestseller comes The Way I See It, an unprecedented look behind the scenes of two of the most iconic Presidents in American History, Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan, as seen through the eyes of renowned photographer Pete Souza. As Official White House Photographer, Souza was an eyewitness to the unique and tremendous responsibilities of being the most powerful person on Earth. The movie reveals how Souza transforms from a respected photojournalist to a searing commentator on the issues we face as a country and a people.


September 5, 7:15 pm

The Last Waltz (1978)

On Thanksgiving Day, 1976, The Band gave its farewell concert at Winterland in San Francisco. On hand to help say goodbye to this influential rock group were some of the most acclaimed musicians of the late 1960s and ’70s. This film is not only a vibrant documentary of that historic evening, but also a commentary on the rock world at the time. Most of the picture is concert footage of The Band and their guest performers, highlighted by interviews with members of the group, who eloquently articulate their personal involvement in the history of rock and roll.


September 3rd, 7:15 pm

Be Water (2020)

Rejected by Hollywood, Bruce Lee returned to Hong Kong to complete four films. Charting his struggles in two worlds, BE WATER explores questions of identity and representation through rare archive, intimate interviews, and his writings.


August 27th, 8:15 pm

Boys State (2020)

A thousand 17-year-old boys from Texas join together to build a representative government from the ground up.



A Thousand Cuts (2020)

Nowhere is the worldwide erosion of democracy, fueled by social media disinformation campaigns, more starkly evident than in the authoritarian regime of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Journalist Maria Ressa places the tools of the free press—and her freedom—on the line in defense of truth and democracy. Produced, written and directed by Ramona S. Diaz (IMELDA, MOTHERLAND).

$12 Virtual tickets for A THOUSAND CUTS are available starting on August 19. You can watch the film via your web browser or thru the Eventive app on your home Roku or AppleTV.

Sponsored by The Camden Conference.


August 27th, 7:15 pm

Grizzly Man (2005)

Pieced together from Timothy Treadwell’s actual video footage, Werner Herzog’s remarkable documentary examines the calling that drove Treadwell to live among a tribe of wild grizzly bears on an Alaskan reserve. A devoted conservationist with a passion for adventure, Timothy believed he had bridged the gap between human and beast. When one of the bears he loved and protected tragically turns on him, the footage he shot serves as a window into our understanding of nature and its grim realities.


August 22nd, 7:30 pm

The Big Lebowski (1998)

Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire of the same name, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.


August 15th, 8:00 pm

Caddyshack (1980)

There’s something fishy going on at the elitist Bushwood Country Club, and the scheming president of the clubhouse, Judge Elihu Smails, has something to do with it. But, the suave golf guru, Ty Webb, and the distasteful, filthy rich construction magnate, Al Czervik, are onto him. In the meantime, the young caddie, Danny Noonan, struggles to get his life back on track, and the only way to do it is by winning the demanding Caddie Day golf tournament; a prestigious competition that can earn him a scholarship from the judge himself. Now, war breaks out, and all bets are off. Will Danny ever make his dream come true? Does he know that a subterranean menace is threatening to put in jeopardy everyone’s plans?


August 13th, 8:00 pm

Stop Making Sense (1984)

David Byrne walks onto the stage and does a solo “Psycho Killer.” Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz join him for two more songs. The crew is busy, still setting up. Then, three more musicians and two back-up singers join the band. Everybody sings, plays, harmonizes, dances, and runs. They change instruments and clothes. Byrne appears in the Big Suit. The backdrop is often black, but sometimes it displays words, images, or children’s drawings. The band cooks for 18 songs, the lyrics are clear, the house rocks. In this concert film, the Talking Heads hardly talk, don’t stop, and always make sense.


August 8th, 8:15 pm

Best in Show (2000)

The owners (and handlers) of five show dogs head for the Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show. A film crew interviews them as they prepare for the trip, arrive at Philly’s Taft Hotel, and compete. From Florida come the Flecks: she keeps running into old lovers. A wordless ancient in a wheelchair and his buxom trophy wife who may have a thing for the dog’s handler own the two-time defending best in show, a poodle. From the piney woods of N.C. comes a fella who wants to be a ventriloquist. High-strung DINKs feud loudly in front of their Weimaraner. Two outré gay men from Tribeca round out the profiled owners. The dog show brings out the essence of the humans. Who will be best in show?


August 6th, 8:15 pm

The Fight (2020)

At a defining moment in American history, a scrappy team of heroic ACLU lawyers battles for abortion rights, immigrant rights, LGBTQ rights and voting rights. The Fight gives an inside look at the legal battles that lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union are facing during the Trump administration.

Co-Presented by ACLU of Maine.


August 2nd, 8:15 pm

John Lewis: Good Trouble (2020)

The film explores Georgia representative’s, 60-plus years of social activism and legislative action on civil rights, voting rights, gun control, health care reform, and immigration.


July 31st, 8:15 pm

Megunticook Rowing presents: A Most Beautiful Thing (2020)

Narrated by the Academy-Award/Grammy-winning artist, Common; executive-produced by NBA Stars Grant Hill and Dwyane Wade along with Grammy-award winning producer 9th Wonder; and directed by award-winning filmmaker and Olympic rower Mary Mazzio, chronicles the first African American high school rowing team in the US.

This screening is in partnership with Megunticook Rowing which is committed to make the sport of rowing more accessible. The staff and Board of Directors of Megunticook Rowing will dedicate the proceeds of this event to provide scholarships to individuals from underrepresented backgrounds. Tickets are available on their website.


July 30th, 8:15 pm

Public Trust (2020)

In a time of growing inequality in America, there is one asset that remains in the hands of the American people: the 640 million acres of America’s Public Lands. Given its status as the last large-scale public asset on the planet, powerful forces have aligned to attempt the largest land grab in modern history, rob Americans of this unique birthright, and make modern day vassals of the American people.

Stand By Me

July 18th, 8:15 pm

Stand By Me (1986)

It’s the summer of 1959 in Castlerock, Maine and four 12 year-old boys – Gordie, Chris, Teddy and Vern – are fast friends. After learning of the general location of the body of a local boy who has been missing for several days, they set off into woods to see it. Along the way, they learn about themselves, the meaning of friendship and the need to stand up for what is right.


Protocol and Safety

Social Distancing Policies

  • Please wear a mask at the Drive-In whenever you are outside your vehicle. We will have extra masks available onsite in case you forget yours!
  • Please do your best to keep at least six feet apart whenever outside your vehicle.
  • There will be bathrooms onsite. Please do not join the line until you have called the provided Bathroom Phone Line and been invited. There will be a waitlist (but we aren’t anticipating long wait times). 
  • There will be food/concessions available onsite for purchase before the film. You will have the option to either have food brought to your car or to stand in socially distanced lines.
  • Please enjoy the film from inside your vehicle.

Drive-In Safety Protocols

  • We will begin letting vehicles into the lot one hour before the scheduled start time.
  • The Drive-In grounds are uneven! Please minimize the time spent outside your vehicle and be cautious when walking, especially once the sun has set.
  • No refunds or exchanges. If you won’t be able to use your reservation, we recommend giving it to a friend!
  • For safety reasons, no vehicles will be admitted once the screening has begun. 
  • Due to our parking lot arrangement, no vehicle may back into a space — All vehicles must face forward.
  • Large or tall vehicles will be guided towards the sides or the back of the lot. 
  • The decision to direct your car to a specific space is at the discretion of the lot staff. 
  • Once parked, please do not drive away until instructed by event staff. Call the General Information Phone Line to reach a staffer if you must leave for an emergency during the event.
  • All films are broadcast and can be heard in your car using your FM Radio (channel 98.3). There are no loudspeakers. The frequency will be provided again at check in.
  • If your car is not equipped with a radio, you can bring your own! You will not be able to tune into the signal with a smartphone. 
  • No engine idling. Engine exhaust will affect the safety of others. If running your car radio, please DO run your engine a couple of times during the film to refresh your battery, but for no more than one minute. 
  • We will have jumper cables on hand if you need a jump start after the film. Staff will assist you once the lot has cleared. 
  • Some vehicles cannot run their radios without turning headlamps off. Staff will have black plastic and painter’s tape to cover your headlamps, or you can provide your own.
  • In the event of a rain forecast, we will announce an event cancellation by 1:00pm on the day of the event. Your ticket may be used for the rescheduled rain date (24 hours later). 
  • In the event of rain during the movie, please shelter in your car. Cars will not be allowed to exit the lot until it is safe to do so, and only under the direction of Drive-In staff. 
  • When the film has ended, please keep your vehicle in park until directed to exit by our Drive-In staff.


Contact our general information phone line at: (207) 975-6096 or email us at: [email protected]



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