The Greek Culture Ministry has declared 2020 as the “Year of Melina Mercouri” to mark the 100-year anniversary since the birth of the internationally acclaimed Greek actress, politician, and culture champion. Join us in celebrating with a special drive-in screening of the heist-comedy adventure TOPKAPI (1964) in her honor.

Directed by Jules Dassin, the film stars Melina Mercouri as beautiful thief Elizabeth Lipp who, together with criminal genius Walter Harper (Maximilian Schell), makes a plan to steal an emerald-encrusted dagger from Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace. As part of their crew, they hire small-time hustler Arthur Simon Simpson (Peter Ustinov) to act as their fall guy. When the Turkish secret police capture Simpson at the border, they persuade him to spy on his partners in crime, mistakenly believing that they’re Communist agents plotting an assassination.


WHAT: TOPKAPI drive-in screening

WHEN: Sunday, October 4, 7:00 pm
Doors open at 6:00 pm

WHERE: Par 3 at Poplar Creek
1700 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo

COST: $30 per vehicle

The movie is appropriate for all ages.



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Drive-In FAQs

When and where will the drive-in take place?
Sunday, October 4, at Par 3 at Poplar Creek Golf Course in San Mateo. Film starts at 7pm, drive-in lot opens at 6pm. As you enter the golf course, turn LEFT. The drive-in is located at the east end of the Par 3 parking lot.

What is the movie?
We will be showcasing the 1964 Oscar-winning comedy-adventure film Topkapi, starring legendary Greek performer Merlina Mercouri. 2020 was declared the “Year of Melina Mercouri” by the Greek Culture Ministry to mark what would have been the 100th birthday of the internationally-acclaimed Greek actress, politician, and culture champion. The SFGFF is delighted to honor Melina Mercouri with this drive-in event.

Can I bring my kids? My dog?
The movie is appropriate for all ages. It is in English and the runtime is 2 hours. No dogs or animals are permitted, unless it is a certified service dog.

What is the cost? Do I need to pre buy?
$30 per vehicle. Fit as many people as your vehicle legally allows. Tickets can be purchased at There are 40 vehicle spots available and you are strongly encouraged to pre-purchase your ticket. Tickets will only be sold at the door if there are spots remaining.

Will food and drinks be available for purchase? Can I bring my own?
Yes. A special Greek inspired “to go” menu has been created for our event and is available for pre-order until October 1st at 3:00 pm. Orders can be picked up arrival and eaten in your car. You may also dine-out with patio dining at Par 3 before the movie. Dinner reservations are required for the restaurant. (650) 522-7525 or No outside food or drinks are allowed.

Do we need to follow county health orders during the drive-in?
YES. Par 3 has created a safe sanitized and secure environment so everyone can feel comfortable to enjoy delicious, craft cocktails and a movie. Per the San Mateo County Health Order, everyone must wear a mask outside their vehicle at all times unless you are eating or drinking.

What else do I need to know?
• Your vehicle must fit in one parking spot. You will have a reserved spot.
• Headlights must be turned off while parked. You will tune into an FM radio station for the movie sound.
• Large, tall vehicles will be assigned to the back row of the parking lot.
• No sitting on your roof.
• No sitting in empty car spots. If you are outside of your vehicle, please stay within your paid parking spot.
• Public bathrooms available. While visiting public bathrooms, face masks are mandatory.
• No refunds. If you cannot make it, please share with a friend.

Please help us by following these rules and have fun!