Why watch a movie in a multiplex when you can catch one under the stars? There are plenty of outdoor movie screenings in the greater Los Angeles area. Pack up a picnic basket and blanket for a fun and inexpensive night out.
Devil’s Night Drive-In
240 W. 4th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Check out Downtown L.A.’s Devil’s Night Drive-In for outdoor movie screenings on the second floor of a parking structure. You can stay in your car and watch the movie while car hops bring you snacks or bring your own food. Guests can bike it or walk in and sit on the Astroturf. Tickets are $10 a person and visitors are allowed to bring alcohol to the drive-in. Gates open 90 minutes before showtime.
Cinespia Cemetery Screenings
6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Cinespia Cemetery Screenings are held on the lawn at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery every summer. Classics like Easy Rider and Airplane! are screened on the side of the mausoleum. I highly recommend getting there early because space is limited. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. and DJs spin music until showtime at 9:30 p.m. Bring pillows and a blanket to sit on, but leave tall chairs at home. Many visitors bring dinner and alcohol is permitted. A $10 ticket donation is requested at the gate and parking at the cemetery is $5.
W Hotel Westwood Sunday Cinema Series
930 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024
The Sunday Cinema Series at the W Hotel in Westwood takes outdoor movie screenings to new heights. You can wrangle up a few friends and have dinner or drinks while watching a new release. Guests can take a dip in the pool or relax on chaise lounges.
Take a date and cuddle in a poolside cabana for a romantic evening. Doors open at 7 p.m. and movies screen at sunset. Outdoor movie screenings at the W run from the end of May through early September.
Hollywood Outdoor Cinema
4400 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027
Located in the old Circuit City parking lot, Hollywood Outdoor Cinema is like a huge community bash. They host contests and give out prizes before screenings and some people even dress up in costumes. The atmosphere is great, but the movie is very hard to hear if you’re sitting towards the back near the generators. There are tons of great restaurants and bars to check out in Silver Lake after the screening. Tickets are $5 and doors open at 7 p.m. Movies start at dusk.
Alysia Gray Painter, “Plan Ahead: Hollywood Outdoor Cinema”, NBC Los Angeles