Your Ultimate Guide To Outdoor Movie Screenings In Los Angeles For 2016
That glorious time of year has returned once again when we can spend the evening watching our favorite movies under the stars—at least the ones we can manage to see. From vintage classics to more recent cult favorites, there are plenty of great outdoor screenings taking place all over town this spring and summer. Whether you're looking to stake your turf with a blanket and elaborate picnic or prefer the more intimate experience of watching a flick on the garden patio of a restaurant, here our are favorite outdoor movie screenings for 2016.
We'll continue to update the list as additional screenings are announced in the coming months, so be sure to check back periodically. And if you know of another venue showing films, let us know in the comment section. Also, be sure to check the websites for these events before making plans and heading out as film and time listings can sometimes change.
Cinespia (Photo via Facebook)
Considered one of the granddaddy's of outdoor summer movie screenings in L.A. Nestled in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Cinespia's screenings offer the unique chance to watch Hollywood's heroes onscreen, while some of their grave sites can be found nearby. Be sure to pack a picnic basket, bring beer and wine and get ready to stake your claim with your blanket on the grassy field as it can get pretty packed, especially for the big ones. You can also enjoy music from DJs before and after the movie, and they usually set up a photobooth themed around the film, so you might want to consider dressing the part as many people do. We also recommend buying your tickets early online as they do sell out pretty quickly and get in line early for a good (and unobstructed) spot.
The times when gates open and movies start can vary, so be sure to check Cinespia's website for more details. Tickets are $16 (not including optional parking) and can be purchased online here. Hollywood Forever Cemetery is located at 6000 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood.
Here's the schedule so far:
Fast Times At Ridgemont High (Sold out)
Silence Of The Lambs (Sold out)
May 28 Singin' In The Rain
May 29: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
June 4: Mean Girls
June 11: To Catch A Thief
June 18: Goodfellas
June 25: Raising Arizona
Purple Rain (Sold out)
July 3: Grease
July 9: The Sandlot
July 16: Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2 double feature
July 23: The Muppets Movie (1976)
July 30: Sabrina
August 6: Speed
August 13: Cinespia'ss 6th annual all-nighter featuring Heathers (1988), Edward Scissorhands (1990), and Cry-Baby (1990).
August 20: 2001: A Space Odyssey
August 27: Poltergeist (1982)
September 3:The Birds (1963)
September 4: True Romance (1993)
September 10: Sixteen Candles (1984)
September 17: Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
October 15: Death Becomes Her
October 19: Stand Against Evil screening and Q&A (Free)
October 22: A Nightmare on Elm Street
Outdoor screenings at Alcove Cafe | Big Bar (Photo courtesy of Alcove Cafe | Big Bar)
ALCOVE DINNER AND A MOVIE
The beautiful garden patio of Alcove Cafe | Big Bar is one of our favorite cozy spots to catch a flick al fresco. Every third Monday of the month, they'll show a movie on their 17 foot screen with surround sound, plus there are two additional flat screens on the sides, so you'll never miss a moment of the movie wherever you sit. The screenings are free, though you're encouraged to order something off the menu, which will feature food and cocktail specials themed around the movie of the night! Keep in mind, there's no seat saving, so you'll have to have your whole party with you to get seated together.
Seating begins at 6 p.m. and screenings will start around 8 p.m. No reservations are required to attend. Alcove Cafe | Big Bar is located at 1929 Hillhurst Ave. in Los Feliz, (323) 644-0100.
Here's the lineup:
May 16: The Italian Job
June 20: Titanic
July 18: Almost Famous
August 15: Royal Tenenbaums
September 19: Bring It On
Street Food Cinema (via Facebook)
STREET FOOD CINEMA
Street Food Cinema hosts tons of outdoor screenings all over town with the added bonus of food trucks and live musical performances. And this year, they've expanded further with three screenings almost every Saturday night through October when the offer some spooky selections in anticipation of Halloween. You'll find plenty of childhood favorites, including The Goonies, Dirty Dancing, and Labyrinth, as well as some classics like Breakfast At Tiffany's, Stand By Me and Rocky. And, of course, they'll be playing Purple Rain. There will also be plenty of excellent food truck options at each screening, and great bands that will play before each screening.
You can purchase tickets in advance with general admission for $13 and reserved seating for $18, or for most of the shows you can buy them at the door for $16 general and $21 for reserved. It's important to note that some screenings only have advance tickets available, so be sure to check the listing. Many of the screenings are also at dog-friendly venues, so you can bring your well-behaved pooch, but check to be sure ahead of time. Doors for the screenings open at 5:30pm, the band is scheduled for 6:30 pm and the movie starts at 8:30 pm.
More info and tickets can be found on Street Food Cinema's website here.
Here is their screenings schedule:
May 14: Raiders of the Lost Ark (35th anniversary) - Victory Park, Pasadena
May 14: Almost Famous - Exposition Park, Los Angeles
May 21: Mean Girls - Syd Kronenthal Park, Culver City
May 21: Toy Story - Park Center, Griffith Park
May 21: Back to the Future - Westchester Park, Playa Vista
May 28: Space Jam (20th anniversary) - Victory Park, Pasadena
May 28: Hook - Will Rogers Historic Park, Pacific Palisades
May 28: Purple Rain - Exposition Park, Los Angeles
June 4: Superbad - Westchester Park, Playa Vista
June 4: Dirty Dancing - Poinsettia Rec Park, West Hollywood
June 4: Labyrinth (30th anniversary) - Verdugo Park, Glendale
June 11: Ferris Bueller's Day Off (30th anniversary) - Victory Park, Pasadena
June 11: Monsters Inc. (15th anniversary) - Park Center, Griffith Park
June 11: Jaws - King Gillette Ranch, Malibu
June 18: The Sandlot - Verdugo Park, Glendale
June 18: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - Syd Kronenthal Park, Culver City
June 18: Do The Right Thing - Exposition Park
June 25: Some Like It Hot - Will Rogers State Historic Park, Pacific Palisades
June 25: Pitch Perfect - Victory Park, Pasadena
July 2: Top Gun (30th anniversary) - Will Rogers State Historic Park, Pacific Palisades
July 2: Rocky (40th anniversary) - Glendale Central Park, Glendale
July 9: 500 Days of Summer - Victory Park, Pasadena
July 9: Boyz n the Hood (25th anniversary) - Exposition Park, Los Angeles
July 9: The Goonies - Syd Kronenthal Park, Culver City
July 16: Fight Club - Exposition Park, Los Angeles
July 16: 10 Things I Hate About You - Poinsettia Park, West Hollywood
July 16: Wet Hot American Summer (15th anniversary) - Westchester Park, Play Vista
July 23: Mad Max: Fury Road - Exposition Park, Los Angeles
July 23: She's All That - Victory Park, Pasadena
July 23: Clueless - King Gillette Ranch, Malibu
July 30: Hocus Pocus - Brand Library Park, Glendale
July 30: Breakfast at Tiffany's (55th anniversary) - Will Rogers State Historic Park, Pacific Palisades
August 6: Casablanca - Glendale Central Park, Glendale
August 6: Romy and Michele's High School Reunion - Poinsettia Rec Park, West Hollywood
August 6: Titanic - King Gillette Ranch, Malibu
August 13: Sixteen Candles - Marriott Golf Course, Manhattan Beach
August 13: Annie Victory Park, Pasadena
August 13: The Notebook - Eagle Rock Rec Park, Eagle Rock
August 20: Stand By Me (30th anniversary) - Syd Kronenthal Park, Culver City
August 20: Clue - Glendale Central Park, Glendale
August 27: La Bamba - Glendale Central Park, Glendale
August 27: Pretty In Pink (30th anniversary) - Victory Park, Pasadena
August 27: The Princess Bride - Will Rogers State Historic Park, Pacific Palisades
September 3: The Devil Wears Prada (10th anniversary) - Glendale Central Park, Glendale
September 3: Grease - Will Rogers State Historic Park, Pacific Palisades
September 10: Chicago - Glendale Central Park, Glendale
September 10: Bridesmaids - Poinsettia Rec Park, West Hollywood
September 10: Gremlins - Victory Park, Pasadena
September 17: Pulp Fiction - Exposition Park, Los Angeles
September 17: Close Encounters of the Third Kind - Syd Kronenthal Park, Culver City
September 17: E.T. - Marriott Golf Course, Manhattan Beach
September 24: The Breakfast Club - Will Rogers State Historic Park, Pacific Palisades
September 24: Who Framed Roger Rabbit - Victory Park, Pasadena
October 1: Scream (20th anniversary) - Poinsettia Rec Park, West Hollywood
October 1: The Addams Family (25th anniversary) - Eagle Rock Rec Park, Eagle Rock
October 8: Little Shop of Horrors (30th anniversary) - Victory Park, Pasadena
October 8: Jurassic Park - Syd Kronenthal Park, Culver City
October 15: Poltergeist - Brand Library Park, Glendale
October 15: American Psycho - Exposition Park, Los Angeles
October 22: Edward Scissorhands - Victory Park, Pasadena
October 22: An American Werewolf In London (30th anniversary) - Exposition Park, Los Angeles
October 29: Beetlejuice - Will Rogers State Historic Park, Pacific Palisades
Eat|See|Hear (Photo via Facebook)
EAT | SEE | HEAR
The Eat | See | Hear series returns for its fifth year, offering you the chance to see your favorite flicks on a 52-foot-wide inflatable movie screen. The screenings also feature several food trucks and a band before the start of each movie. You can catch the screenings on Saturdays at different locations throughout the city, including Santa Monica, Los Feliz, Pasadena and Beverly Hills from May until September. All of the screenings are dog-friendly, and they'll even hand out free biscuits and treats at the door and provide water bowls throughout the venue.
This year, they'll be screening plenty of outdoor movie hits like The Princess Bride and The Big Lebowski, as well as some less frequently screened classics like North By Northwest, as well as recent release The Hateful Eight. General admission tickets are $14 (plus fee) and advance purchase is recommended. If you suspect you'll be stuck in traffic or for some reason won't be able to make it in time for the 5:30 p.m. doors, you can purchase the "Fashionably Late" tickets for $21 (plus fee) and you'll be able to head straight to a reserved area with open seating, though there are a limited number available. And in honor of the 5th anniversary, they're selling a limited number of $5 tickets for the screenings.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., bands perform at 7 p.m., movies begins at 8:30 p.m. Find out more info about the events on its website here.
May 14: The Princess Bride - Santa Monica High School Amphitheatre
May 21: Labyrinth - Centennial Square at Pasadena City Hall
May 28: The Big Lebowski - Autry Museum in Griffith Park
June 4: Ferris Bueller's Day Off - North Hollywood Recreation Center
June 11: Jurassic Park - North Hollywood Recreation Center
June 18: Trainwreck - Santa Monica High School Amphitheatre
June 25: Dazed and Confused - Autry Museum in Griffith Park
July 2: Coming To America - Autry Museum in Griffith Park
July 9: Hairspray - Santa Monica High School Amphitheatre
July 16: North By Northwest - Autry Museum in Griffith Park
July 23: 500 Days Of Summer - Centennial Square at Pasadena City Hall
July 30: Trainspotting - Autry Museum in Griffith Park
August 6: Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory - Centennial Square at Pasadena City Hall
August 13: Big - Autry Museum in Griffith Park
August 20: The Goonies - La Cienega Park in Beverly Hills
August 27: Spaceballs - Santa Monica High School Amphitheatre
September 3: The Hateful Eight - Autry Museum in Griffith Park
September 10: Pretty In Pink - Santa Monica High School Amphitheatre
September 17: Purple Rain - Santa Monica High School Amphitheatre
Let's go to the movies (Photo courtesy Rooftop Film Club)
ROOFTOP FILM CLUB
Rooftop Film Club has returned to the roof of the 89-year-old Montalbán Theater near Hollywood and Vine for another season of films. And instead of having to fight for your turf on a lawn or struggle to hear over chatty neighbors, at these screenings you'll get to kick it in cabana seats with wireless headphones. You can also grab bites from Farmer's Belly, which offers local and organic street food selections in addition to the usual popcorn and candy offerings. Plus there will be beer, wine and themed cocktails for sale.
The screenings are 18 and over and tickets are $17 plus a $2 booking fee. More information and tickets can be found here. Doors open at 6 p.m. and all screenings start at 8 p.m.
As the venue can only accommodate a limited number of seats, the screenings sell out quickly when they're announced. All of their May screenings have sold out as have most of June's, but they'll be announcing dates for the upcoming months soon, so stay tuned and get ready to jump on those.
Tickets are available for the following screenings:
June 29 Harold and Maude
June 30 Less Than Zero (BAFTA Los Angeles Special Screening)
July 1 Straight Outta Compton
July 2 Rear Window
July 5 Dirty Dancing
July 6 Deadpool
July 7 Room
July 8 Blade Runner
July 9 Top Gun
July 10 PRIDE (Proceeds to benefit the LGBT Center in Orlando)
July 12 The Notebook
July 13 Sunset Boulevard
July 14 Cinema Paradiso
July 15 Pulp Fiction
July 16 The Revenant
July 19 Some Like It Hot
July 20 The Grand Budapest Hotel
July 21 Star Wars: The Force Awakens
July 22 High-Rise
July 23 Dazed and Confused
July 26 Romy and Michele's High School Reunion
July 27 The Craft
July 28 V for Vendetta
July 29 Raiders of the Lost Art
July 30 The Godfather
August 2 Pretty Woman
August 3 Zootopia
August 4 Pan's Labyrinth
August 5 2001: A Space Odyssey
August 6 Straight Outta Compton
August 9 The Notebook
August 10 An American Werewolf in London (1981)
August 11 Die Hard
August 12 Donnie Darko
August 13 Goodfellas
August 16 The Beach
August 17 The Shawshank Redemption
August 18 The Revenant
August 19 Top Gun
August 20 Clueless
August 23 Legally Blonde
August 24 The Mask
August 25 Bridget Jones' Diary
August 26 Boyz N The Hood
August 27 Titanic
August 30 BAFTA Screening TBA
August 31 American Beauty
September 1 Top Gun
September 2 Pulp Fiction
September 3 Pretty Woman
September 6 Casablanca
September 7 Rushmore
September 8 As Good As It Gets
September 9 The Godfather
September 10 Scarface
September 13 Mommie Dearest
September 14 Grease
September 15 Hedwig and the Angry Inch
September 16 Goodfellas
September 17 The Dark Knight
September 20 Dirty Dancing
September 21 Spanglish
September 22 Day for Night
September 23 Goonies
September 27 The Jungle Book
September 28 City of God
September 29 The Bird Cage
September 30 Romeo + Juliet
October 1 Pulp Fiction
October 4 500 Days of Summer
October 5 High Fidelity
October 6 Dr. Strangelove
October 7 The Goonies
October 8 The Motorcycle Diaries
October 11 Sunset Boulevard
October 12 Jurassic Park
October 13 The Neon Demon
October 14 The Godfather
October 15 Goodfellas
October 18 Dirty Dancing
October 19 American Psycho
October 20 20 Feet From Stardom
October 21 Friday
October 22 Top Gun
October 25 Ghostbusters
October 26 Carrie
October 27 Scream
October 28 Psycho
October 29 Hocus Pocus
October 30 Beetlejuice
SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER
Just off the 405, the Skirball Cultural Center hosts a limited number of screenings throughout the summer, and this year they're featuring a lineup of classic films about baseball. You can arrive early at 6:30 p.m. and check out their baseball-themed exhibits, Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American and The Unauthorized History of Baseball in 100-Odd Paintings: The Art of Ben Sakoguchi , followed by a a DJ set. You can also play oversized games, and chow on ballpark concessions in the courtyard, including hot dogs, cracker jacks and more. There will also be a cash bar, but no outside alcohol is allowed. And if you wear your favorite baseball team attire and take home exclusive exhibition swag.
Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for members and $6 for full-time students and children. Seating will be provided and no outside chairs are allowed. Movie start times are roughly 8:30 p.m., but also dependent on when the sun goes down.
You can find out more and purchase tickets here.
May 20: Field Of Dreams
June 10: 42
September 16: A League Of Their Own
Silver Lake Picture Show (Photo via Facebook)
SILVER LAKE PICTURE SHOW
Silver Lake offers its own outdoor movie series at the Sunset Triangle Plaza, which is a fun and much more intimate experience than most of the big screenings. This community-centric screening also shows short films made by local filmmakers and live performances from local bands before the screenings. And to top it all off, it's all free.
Each night kicks off at 7 p.m. and go until 10 p.m. or 11 p.m, depending on the movie length. The Sunset Triangle Plaza is located at 1523 Griffith Park Blvd., Silver Lake. For more info, visit the Silver Lake Picture Show website here.
June 23: Raider of the Lost Ark
July 7: Idiocracy
July 21: Romeo + Juliet
August 4: Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
August 18: Y Tú Mama Tambien
September 1: Super Troopers
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE'S SUMMER MOVIE FEST
Cal State Northridge hosts free screenings on the Oviatt Library Lawn every Thursday night from June to September. You'll find plenty of all-ages, animated hits like Inside Out, Zootopia and Finding Nemo, as well as more grown-up fare like Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Shining and The Wedding Singer.
While the screenings are free, you do have to either have a CSUN parking permit or pay $6 for general parking at student lots, but not a bad deal. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, and if you take your dog along with you, just make sure it's on a leash. You can bring food, but no alcohol is permitted.
Movies will begin at dusk and the address is 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, (818) 677-2477. More info can be found here.
Here is the lineup:
June 16: Finding Nemo
June 23: The Wedding Singer
June 30: Bring It On
July 7: Inside Out
July 14: Cinderella (2015)
July 21: Zootopia
July 28: Aladdin
August 4: Raiders of the Lost Ark
August 11: The Shining
August 18: Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery
August 25: Step Brothers
September 1: Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
DODGER STADIUM MOVIES
Catch a great double header at Dodger Stadium with their special movie night screenings, where you can watch a flick after the game. Admission to the screening is included with your game-day ticket and ticket prices vary depending on which seats you select, so check the website for more information. Fans sitting in the right-field pavilion and left-field pavilion will be invited down to the field postgame for a better viewing experience.
Dodger Stadium is located at 1000 Elysian Park Ave in Elysian Park. For more information on the schedule and tickets, visit the Dodgers website here.
Here's the (short) lineup this season:
July 9: Top Gun
August 13: Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Mr C Beverly Hills' Poolside Screenings (via Facebook)
MR. C BEVERLY HILLS' POOLSIDE CINEMA SERIES
Mr. C Beverly Hills hosts a very class outdoor movie screenings, where you can lay back on comfy lounge chairs on their swank patio by the pool. They have screenings every other Tuesday at 7 p.m. and you can order food from their Cipriani cuisine pool menu. They'll also have summer cocktails, beer on-tap, seasoned popcorn, and a selection of classic movie candy.
Seating is first come, first served, but seats can be reserved by pre-purchasing a prix fixe meal ($35/45 per person). We're told most of the seating ends up going to those who have pre-purchased a meal, so doing so highly recommended.
Mr. C Beverly Hills is located at 1224 Beverwil Dr., Beverly Hills, (877) 334-5623. More info can be found here.
June 7: Almost Famous
June 21: Silver Linings Playbook
July 5: Grand Budapest Hotel
July 19: Fargo
August 2: Vicky Cristina Barcelona
August 16: Breakfast at Tiffany's
August 30: Chef
MALIBU COUNTRY MART
The Malibu Country Mart shopping center returns with a lineup of free outdoor movie screenings on their lawn. You'll want to bring along some beach blankets and picnic baskets to these screenings, which start around 7:30 p.m. You can also grab some food from the nearby restaurants, including Taverna Tony’s, Mr. Chow-Malibu and Tra di Noi.
Malibu Country Mart is located at 3835 Cross Creek Rd, Malibu, (310) 456-7300. More info can be found here.
Here's the schedule:
June 11: Pee Wee's Big Adventure
June 25: Troop Beverly Hills
July 2: Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
MOONLIGHT MOVIES ON THE BEACH
If you're looking to stick your toes in the sand while you watch a movie, head down to this Long Beach series where they host outdoor movie screenings on Granada Beach. As an added perk, Alfredo's on the Beach hosts their screenings for free, which includes free parking. Drinks, popcorn and snacks will be available for purchase.
Movies will screen on Tuesdays from June 21 to August 30 and start at dusk around 8 p.m.
The movies have yet to be announced. For more info on the screenings, visit their website here.
MARINA MOVIE NIGHTS
Marina Del Rey's Burton Chace Park will once again host their free, family-friendly outdoor movie screenings this summer. Bring along a picnic basket and sit under the stars. Screenings are held select Saturday nights in July and August and movies start around 8 p.m.
Burton Chace Park is located at 13650 Mindanao Way in Marina Del Rey, (310) 305-9596. More info can be found here.
The 2016 lineup to be announced soon.
DIVE IN THEATER MONDRIAN
Watch films poolside at the Mondrian Hotel every Monday. Screenings start at 8 p.m. You must RSVP to get in, and you may do so here. After you RSVP, seating is first come, first served unless you purchase a package. You can score two deck chairs, a Margherita pizza and two Stella beers for $40, or a table, truffle popcorn and two Moet Rose minis for $70. Swimming is permitted.
June 27 The Talented Mr. Ripley
July 11 Mistress America
July 18 Coco Before Chanel
July 25 That Thing You Do
August 1 Now and Then
August 8 Romeo and Juliet
August 15 Advanced Style
August 22 Julie and Julia
August 29 Reality Bites
SWEET ROSE CREAMERY
Sweet Rose Creamery in Studio City is hosting movie night every Tuesday from July 5 to August 30 from 8 to 10 p.m. Join them on their heated patio around back and grab a cone or scoop of their very delicious ice cream.
July 5 Sandlot
July 6 Sixteen Candles
July 19 Casablanca
July 26 Breakfast Club
August 2 Little Rascals
August 9 Clueless
August 16 Stand By Me
August 23 Goonies
August 30 Dirty Dancing
Sweet Rose Creamy is located at 4377 Tujunga Ave. in Studio City, 310-260-2663
ZÓCALO PUBLIC SQUARE
Zócalo Public Square, a very cool California-based media nonprofit organization, will be hosting a number of screenings this summer at the LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes downtown. Food and beverages will be available for purchase on-site and chairs will be provided. Guests are also welcome to bring their own picnics and/or blankets. The screenings are free, but reservations are requested. You can RSVP for Little Miss Sunshine here, Barbershop here, and Rushmore here. And parking information can be found here.
July 22 Little Miss Sunshine
August 19 Barbershop
September 16 Rushmore
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is located at 501 N Main Street.