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Arts and Entertainment

Stars Under the Stars

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L.A.’s glorious summer evenings are perfect for enjoying cinema al fresco. Check out these goings on around town for the weekend & beyond.

Downtown’s Million Dollar Drive-In, which launches this Saturday is described as L.A.’s first “urban drive-in” and will primarily cater to bike & foot traffic, unless you have a classic car that is pre-1965—then you have the chance of nabbing one of the 15-20 parking spots that will be available.

This weekend’s film choices are the John Waters dance show spectacular Hairspray and Cry Baby, starring Johnny Depp. Film-goers are encouraged to get creative with their picnic sites—as prizes will be awarded to the coolest set ups. You are welcome to BYOB, but concessions will be available complete with a beer garden & local “Burlesque vixen’s” serving as car hops. 529 S. Spring St. - $7 for bike or walk-ins, $25 per carload (pre-1965 only & you must RSVP) Gates open at 7:30pm—movie begins after sundown.

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Across town the Hollywood Forever Cemetery is screening Hitchcock’s romantic-thriller Notorious starring Cary Grant & Ingrid Bergamn.

Creepy to some, the cemetery screenings are very popular and the crowds are getting bigger every weekend. Bring your pillows, blankets and short lawn chairs (you don’t want to block anyone’s view!). Feel free to pack a picnic & get your drink on—as alcohol is permitted. (woo-hoo!) 6000 Santa Monica Blvd. – gates open at 7pm - $10 donation.

If cemetery movies don't float your boat, make some future weekend plans for day tripping to Ventura for the Starlight Cinema series. September 15th, Bruce Brown's super-cool surf film Endless Summer will be screened. Upcoming October events include a Grease sing-a-long, and a showing of Creature from the Black Lagoon. These programs are sponsored by the City of Ventura Cultural Affairs Dept., and are family-oriented. No alcohol permitted. Plaza Park (Chestnut St & Thompson) films begin at dusk - Free - screening locations are different for each event, so check the website for the latest info -

For traditionalists, there are two old school drive-ins near L.A. still in existence. Pacific Theaters Vineland Drive-In in the City of Industry, and the Star-Vu at the Orange County Fairgrounds show first run films. Both are quite a trek but well worth it if you want to take a trip down memory lane and enjoy a good old-fashioned night out. Check websites for current movies & show times.

photo by BURNBLUE via Flickr