Tips for Enjoying the PROXY Experience

Here are some frequently asked questions about our free outdoor film screenings at PROXY. Feel free to email us at info[at] with more!

> What is a walk-in theater and where is it located?
The PROXY Walk-in Theater is an open-air venue with a cinema-quality screen and projector—like a drive-in theater only without the cars. It’s located in the heart of San Francisco, at 432 Octavia Street at the corner of Hayes Street..

> Do I need tickets?
Screenings are free and open to all. And because its outdoors, people are welcome to drop in throughout the evening. Tickets aren’t needed, but we encourage you to register so we can alert you about any program changes that may occur.

> Are there seats in the walk-in theater?
Most people enjoy movies at PROXY “picnic style” on blankets, our green turf (available for rent), or low camp chairs—claiming a spot on a first come, first served basis.

> Are the films suitable for families?
Our mission is to introduce the best of new film to as wide an audience as possible. However, some themes and content may not be for everyone. We’ve provided ratings when available, but please review each film to make an appropriate personal judgement for you and your family.

> Is food available during the screenings?
We will have food and beer for sale on site, with beer proceeds supporting ongoing programming at PROXY. Festival goers also can pack a picnic from home or enjoy take out from the Hayes Valley’s many great restaurants. However, laws prohibit outside alcohol at PROXY.

> What if it rains?
Rain happens. If it’s in the forecast, we’ll decide one day before whether to reschedule a screening. Those who have registered will receive an email alert about the change. Otherwise, watch for updates on FacebookTwitterInstagram and our website.

> Won’t it be cold?
Evenings in San Francisco typically are cool to cold. We recommend bringing warm layers and a few friends to stay cozy.

>Is there parking close by?
Hayes Valley is well served by San Francisco’s transit systems and bicycle network. We encouraging using alternative transportation to attend all events at PROXY, but limited parking is available in nearby garages.

—Civic Center Garage: 355 McAllister Street (between Polk + Larkin)
—Performing Arts Garage: 360 Grove Street (between Gough + Franklin)
—CityPark Opera Plaza: 601 Van Ness Avenue (between Turk + Golden Gate)

> This is amazing, how can I help?
If you enjoy watching movies outside at PROXY, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to our affiliated nonprofit HERE FOR NOW.