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Oscars Outdoors: New Open-Air Movie Theatre Will Screen Flicks Under Summer Skies

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Movie lovers, you will have one more venue at which to feast your eyes on favorite flicks this summer thanks to the impending debut of a new open-air theatre in Hollywood run by the folks who bring us the Oscars.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has unveiled their new theatre and event space, Oscars Outdoors, and will kick off a summer of screenings with Casablanca on June 15. Films will be shown at the venue through August 18.

The Hollywood Reporter has details about the new theatre, which happens to be set up in the space that was originally intended to house a massive $400 movie museum (that turned into the new museum project for the old May Co. building on Wilshire, incidentally).

The theater is located on the Academy’s Hollywood property at 1341 Vine St., between De Longpre and Fountain avenues and between Vine Street and Ivar Avenue, just south of the ArcLight Cinemas. It is part of a 7.5-acre site that also includes the Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study -- home to the Academy Film Archive, the Science and Technology Council and the Linwood Dunn Theater.
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If you haven't caught the demolition action, which started last July, on your next visit to Vine Street you will see the 10,000-square-foot plaza, a permanent 40-by-20-foot screen, and the lawn.

The Academy will use the space for other events during the year.

For movie nights, guests are urged to bring blankets and low lawn chairs, and can grab something to eat from the different food trucks that will be parked at the site. Tickets, available online, will be $5 general admission, and $3 for Academy members and students with ID. Seating is unreserved.

Of course, since Hollywood doesn't need one more damn reason for a traffic cluster on a summer night (hi, Hollywood Bowl!) you might want to look into getting there by Metro; the Hollywood/Vine stop is near the new theatre.

Here's the full summer line-up of screenings:

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Friday, June 15
CASABLANCA (1942)

Saturday, June 16
SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937)

Friday, June 22
RAISING ARIZONA (1987)

Saturday, June 23
FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF (1986)

Friday, June 29
A STAR IS BORN (1937)

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Saturday, June 30
THE GOONIES (1985)

Friday, July 6
SHANE (1953)

Saturday, July 7
THE NUTTY PROFESSOR (1996)

Friday, July 13
TBA

Saturday, July 14
THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1987)

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Friday, July 20
PILLOW TALK (1959)

Saturday, July 21
THE KARATE KID (1984)

Friday, July 27
DREAMGIRLS (2006)

Saturday, July 28
THE DARK CRYSTAL (1982)

Friday, August 3
NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)

Saturday, August 4
STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. (1928)

Friday, August 10
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (1974)

Saturday, August 11
BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985)

Friday, August 17
AUDIENCE CHOICE!

Saturday, August 18
THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) SING-ALONG