Where to Catch a Flick Under the Stars
Written By: Charlotte Farrell Outdoor Movies in LA
Take a break from those Netflix marathons and snapping pictures of your food for Insta. Get out and go to the movies! But, don’t just go to the movies (that’s so basic). Go to the movies at the outdoor theater at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, or at the outdoor theater in Griffith Park. LA is full of places where you can be experience the classics while under the stars. Here is a list of our favorites.
Pop-Up Drive In at Pacific Theatres Winnetka 12 & XD
Valley folks will love this throwback. In the place where the Winnetka 6 Drive-In once stood, My Valley Pass is hosting two weekends at the spot for their San Fernando Valley Summer Drive-In Nights series. Enjoy ‘80s staples like E.T. the Extraterrestrial, Back to the Future, The Karate Kid, and La Bamba in a retro drive-in setting. Not to mention costume contests, pre-shows and special guests.
Pacific Theatres Winnetka 12 & XD
9201 Winnekta Ave
Chatsworth, CA 91311
Vineland Drive-in and Swap Meet
The Vineland Drive-in and Swap meet is open seven days a week, regardless of the weather conditions. Take the day to enjoy the swap meet full of local artists, vendors, their two restaurants, and food trucks; cap the evening off with a film at the drive-in once the swap meet closes. On Fridays and Saturdays, the tickets are $3.25 for children five to eight years old and $9.50 for everyone else, and on Sunday through Thursday, tickets are $3.00 for children five to eight years old and $9.00 for the rest of us.
443 N Vineland Ave
City of Industry, CA 91746
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
BYOB and a picnic basket and enjoy a night under the stars watching everything from Dirty Dancing to The Princess Bride. Don’t forget a blanket! Tickets are $12-16.
6000 Santa Monica Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90038
Electric Dusk Drive-In
This year-round drive-in gives you the option of watching the stars under the stars on the astroturf or watching the film from your car. Grab a bite to eat from The Snack Shop, which features candy, hot dogs and much more. Tickets are $10-14, and be sure to check their website because specials are posted often!
LACCD Van De Kamp School Campus
2930 Fletcher Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90065
The Autry in Griffith Park
What better way to enjoy a summer evening than to see a live musical performance, dine on everyone’s favorite mobile meals from an array of food trucks, and catch a movie after sunset? At Griffith Park, you can enjoy all of the above at Showtime’s Eat|See|Hear summer event at Griffith Park. Every week has a different lineup of food trucks, and if can’t imagine leaving your precious pooch at home, not to worry, because as long as Fido isn’t a jerk, he’s more than welcome to join (leashed).
Native Knowledge: Eat|See|Hear is not only at Griffith Park. They are also at a number of different unique locations between Santa Monica High School, La Cienega Park in Beverly Hills and The Rose Bowl.
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Street Food Cinema
Street Food Cinema shows can be experienced in 11 different locations. As of now, this is the largest outdoor movie series in the LA area and it comes complete with food trucks, live music and of course, an awesome movie. For those who want to check out as many movies as possible, Street Food Cinema even has season pass options! Check with your venue of choice if you want to bring along man’s best friend!
From June to October, on the third Monday of every month, you can catch a film at the Alcove Cafe. Enjoy dinner and cocktails on their garden patio, and the film begins at 8:00 p.m. Alcove Cafe shows movies we all know and love, like Rocky and Mean Girls (so fetch). While there are no tickets or reservations required to attend the event, seating is available on a first come, first serve basis, so give yourself plenty of time to get there! Seating begins at 6:00 p.m.
1929 Hillhurst Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Cal State Northridge Summer Movie Fest
Catch favorites like Selena and Rogue One on the Oviatt Library Lawn at Cal State Northridge. Those with a valid CSUN parking permit are able to park for free, otherwise parking is $8 in the student lots. There is no charge for attending the screenings. Films show every Thursday night at dusk. Bring a lawn chair, blankets and leashed pups.
18111 Nordhoff St
Northridge, CA 91330