Philosophy Drive-In’s

Movies are awesome! And movies that offer opportunities for critical, creative thinking, new ways of looking at things and seeing the world, reflection on our own internal lives and those around us, and growth….well those are even better! That’s why we decided to create our own version of eves under the stars without the cars.  

Whether you’re in the mood for philosophy and a mini-flick or a full-length film…we got you covered!  Learn more about each of these fun & “thinky” gatherings below.

Our Merlin philosophy mini-drive-in’s are shorter-length versions of our full-length drive-in nights.  Inspired by TED Talk conversations and our belief that ideas are worth talking about, these drive-in nights feature one to three TED Talks film(s) followed by a lively philosophical discussionLight snacks provided.  BYOB. $5 suggested donation.

April *Combo* Symposium-Mini-Drive-In


Humor & Laughter (and Offense?)

Wednesday, April 1st* 


** Special Guest Speaker/Facilitator:  J. Angelo Corlett **

(Professor of Philosophy, San Diego State University)

In this combo symposium-drive-in night, we’ll look at some of comedy’s most beloved (and oft controversial) greats, focusing primarily on the work of Dave Chapelle. After watching some video clips, we’ll explore and variety of questions.

*Based on the interest in this event and related happenings, there is strong possibility that we will need to move our drive-in night from Wed. April 1st to Thursday, April 2nd (and change the venue from Reeder’s Alley to Carroll College).  The event will still be free to the public and the same format, though will start at 7pm and run through 9pm.  We will update our website asap!*

When: Doors open at 6:15pm; Film(s) start at 6:30pm

Cost: FREE ($10 Suggested Donation)

Other Information: Light snacks provided.  BYOB. 

RSVP:  Space is limited.  Please save your seat above!

Reeder’s Alley Interpretive & Convention Center
(101 Reeder’s Alley, Helena MT 59602)

Our drive-in’s are held in Reeder’s Alley Interpretive & Convention Center located at the top of Reeder’s Alley.


Free parking is available in the lower and upper parking lots. 

If you have challenges walking or the weather conditions are dicey, the upper lot is ideal.


For  directions, click on the Reeder’s Alley map image.

For more information, please contact Marisa at [email protected] or 406-439-5788.

Our Merlin philosophy drive-in’s are our take on theater & great conversation.  Inspired by childhood memories of movies beneath the stars and the rich philosophical content available in thoughtful films, these drive-in’s feature a full-length movie followed by a lively philosophical discussion.  Light snacks provided.  BYOB. $5 suggested donation. 

When: Philosophy Drive-In
When: TBD
Where: Reeder’s Alley Interpretive & Convention Center (101 Reeder’s Alley, Helena MT 59601)
Age Group:  All Ages Welcome
Featured Film:  “Firelight” (followed by a lively philosophical discussion led by Marisa Diaz-Waian)

  • Doors open at 6:45pm; Film starts at 7pm
  • Full-Length Film + 1 hour post-film discussion

Venue Capacity:  15-20 people
Cost: FREE ($5 Suggested Donation)
Other Information: Light snacks provided.  BYOB.
For more information, please contact Marisa at [email protected] or 406-439-5788.

Film Trailer & Synopsis

A 2012 film starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Q’orianka Kilcher about a group of young female inmates who find a new lease on life by becoming volunteer firefighters.  Opportunities for philosophical discussion about redemption, selfless acts, self-respect, personal identity, virtue, and education.


Our Philosophy Drive-In Sponsors

To view pictures from our philosophy drive-in outings, please visit our Merlin Drive-In Archive page.

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