Summer Nights and Silver Screens: Outdoor Movies in Los Angeles
It’s the perfect time of year to kick back and relax with a movie under the stars. This summer, head to some of Southern California’s food truck hot spots and popular outdoor movie screenings.
Food trucks and movies galore – what more could you ask for? Street Food Cinema invites you to Exposition Park every Saturday this summer for screenings of classic and popular movies, such as Jaws, Mean Girls, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Silver Linings Playbook, and Skyfall. General admission is $10, admission for children ages 6-12 are $5, and children 5 and under are free.
Cinespia hosts Saturday film screenings at Fairbanks Lawn inside the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. You might think, “Movies in a cemetery? No way!” But you’re not going to want to miss Badlands on June 29 or Roman Holiday on July 6. Tickets are $12; gates open at 7:30 and films start at 9.
Throwback to drive-in theaters from the 50s and 60s with Electric Dusk Drive-In and watch four classics this summer: The Princess Bride on July 13, E.T. on July 27, Little Shop of Horrors on August 3, and Vertigo on August 10. Gates open 90 minutes before screening; films screen at 8:30 pm, except for Vertigo, which screens at 8. Tickets are $10 online, $13 cash only at the door. Children 5 and under are free.
Join Eat|See|Hear for food truck and movie nights every Saturday this summer, until September 14. With films like Elf, Pulp Fiction, and The Breakfast Club, you won’t want to miss out. General admission is $10, admission for kids under 12 is $8.
After its successful debut last summer, Oscars Outdoors returns this year to the Academy Hollywood campus to showcase classic films every Friday and Saturday. Settle down on your picnic blanket, munch on your traveling local favorites from available food trucks, and enjoy films such as Clueless, King Kong, and Point Break in July, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Monsoon Wedding, Grease, and Cinema Paradiso in August. Tickets are $5 for the general public, $3 for Academy members and students with ID, and free for children 10 or younger. Gates open at 6:30, and the screenings start at sunset.
Valley Cultural Center hosts Movies on the Green in Warner Park this summer, with screenings every Saturday evening. Take your family out for a picnic and some good family fun with films like Annie, Wreck-It Ralph, Hotel Transylvania, ParaNorman, and The Amazing Spider-Man. Admission to these screenings from July 13th to August 24th at 7 pm is free.
Need a pick-me-up this summer, and can’t wait for the weekends? Moonlight Movies on the Beach, hosted by Alfredo’s Beach Club, screens films throughout the week. With such favorites as Despicable Me, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Top Gun, The Avengers, and The Breakfast Club, it’s definitely summertime. alfredosbeachclub.com/seafest-movie.html
Santa Monica & Beverly Hills
In the midst of hectic summer sales, put your feet up and join #CinemaOnTheStreet on Third Street Promenade at Wilshire Blvd. in front of Chipotle every Friday in July. Don’t miss Back to the Future on July 12, Despicable Me in 3D on July 19, and Three Amigos! on July 26. Admission is free and open to the public.
Eat|See|Hear invites you on select Saturdays for more outdoor films. Coming to America screens July 20 in Santa Monica, as does Donnie Darko on August 3, and Back to School on September 7; Big screens in Beverly Hills August 17. General admission is $10, and admission for kids under 12 is $8.
- Cynthia Park