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21 Places to Watch Outdoor Movies in LA This Summer

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If it's as hot this spring and summer as the meteorologists are saying it will be, the entire city is going to be holed up all day and excited to get out of the house at night. Luckily, there will as always be plenty of films screening in parks and grassy meadows to enjoy on those warm nights. The showings this season run the gamut from family-friendly fare to modern classics to action-packed blockbusters, and we've mapped them all on our latest Curbed guide to outdoor movie screenings. Whether you're looking to take in garden-inspired cocktails and a movie at the Natural History Museum or a Stanley Kubrick suspense flick in Los Feliz, this year's list will have you searching for your largest blanket and digging out the lawn chairs post-haste.

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1. Grand Park and Street Food Cinema Present Movies in the Park

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200 N Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-8080
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Throughout August, this is the place for double-feature screenings of PG-13-and-under films relating to "space, science, exploration and adventure," including a Star Trek night and a Spaceballs/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy team-up. Food trucks will be present. Info's not yet up on the site, but check back closer to August.

2. Cinespia

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6000 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Long-running Cinespia at Hollywood Forever Cemetery is the hippest outdoor movie game in town, with a DJ and beloved cult programming. They'll also be hosting one movie (TBA June 25) to mark the kick-off of Sundance's Next Fest.

3. Street Food Cinema

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3911 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90037

It's food trucks, music, and 12 newish classics at this summer-long Expo Park series. (There will also be one-off showings at Culver City's Veterans Memorial Park, WeHo's Poinsettia Park, and at the Fairplex in Pomona.)

4. Street Food Cinema

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201 E Colorado St
Glendale, CA 91205
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5. Street Food Cinema

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360 N Arroyo Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91103
(818) 771-5544
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This branch of Street Food Cinema at Brookside Park near the Rose Bowl is showing four movies, including babies-of-the-eighties faves like Beetlejuice and Labyrinth.

6. Electric Dusk Drive-In

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1000 San Julian Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Having been ousted from the Historic Core by development plans, Electric Dusk moved into an old produce market site in the Fashion District. They show a mix of adult and family friendly stuff throughout the summer.

7. LA River Bike-In Movie Theater

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1584 North Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Only the next screening date (June 28) is confirmed for the LA River Revitalization Corporation's bike-in movie series, but there will be at least two more in different spots along the river this summer. June 28's movie will take place at the Broadway Bridge Viaduct in Chinatown.

8. Eat|See|Hear

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601 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Lots of '80s and '90s favorites at this peripatetic series that moves from Santa Monica to the Autry Museum in Griffith Park and lots of venues in between; there are also local bands and food trucks, so prepare to be entertained.

9. Movies on the Green

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5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

The Valley Cultural Center hosts several kid-friendly movies throughout the season (which runs from July 12 to August 23) at Warner Center Park.

10. Moonlight Movies on the Beach

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5101 East Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90803

More family-friendliness and '80s classics, screened on Granada or Mothers Beach. The season starts on June 21.

11. LA Film Fest

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350 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071

The LA Film Fest, which runs June 11 through 19, holds some free outdoor screenings at California Plaza's Grand Performances series.

12. Paramount Drive-In Theater

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Not into the classics? The films are first-run and outdoors year-round at this recently re-opened drive-in.

13. Friday Night Flicks

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532 S Olive St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Everyone's favorite eyesore, Pershing Square, hosts movies throughout the summer—action movies this month (Thor's on May 23), car movies in June, mobster comedies in July, rock 'n' roll flicks in August, and movies about troubled teens in September.

14. Cinema on the Street

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1250 3rd Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Santa Monica will once again host films on the Third Street Promenade this year. The schedule hasn't been announced yet, but they will be giving out free stuff to the first 75 guests at every showing.

15. Silver Lake Picture Show

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Griffith Park Boulevard & Edgecliffe Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90026

The SLPS hosts hipster-friendly movies and live music at the Sunset Triangle Plaza through September.

16. Old Pasadena Film Festival

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20 South Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105

Old Town's One Colorado hosts free screenings of 20 new and old classics on Fridays and Saturdays throughout July. The schedule won't be up until June.

17. Summer Movie Series

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900 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 763-3466
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Starting July 11, the Natural History Museum will again be showing movies in its Nature Gardens. Pack a picnic or don't: there will be food trucks and "garden-inspired cocktails." Ooooh!

18. Dodger Stadium Movie Series

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1000 Elysian Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(866) 363-4377
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Watch baseball-themed classics in the Stadium on May 31 and August 16 (both Saturdays), post-game. [Image via Wikipedia]

19. Alcove Movie Nights

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1929 Hillhurst Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 644-0100
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Free movies at this Los Feliz cafe's movie night, where films and snacks are probably for adults only. Flicks run through September.

20. Summer Movie Fest at CSUN

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18111 Nordhoff Street, California State University Northridge
Northridge, CA 91330

Movies at Cal State Northridge run the gamut from family friendly to more adult-oriented comedies and action films. The first show (Ferris Bueller's Day Off) is June 5. [Image via CSUN Sundial]

21. Free Marina Movie Nights

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13650 Mindanao Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Four kid-appropriate films will screen at Burton Chace Park between July 31 and August 23. [Image via Dept. of Beaches & Harbors]

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1. Grand Park and Street Food Cinema Present Movies in the Park

200 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Throughout August, this is the place for double-feature screenings of PG-13-and-under films relating to "space, science, exploration and adventure," including a Star Trek night and a Spaceballs/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy team-up. Food trucks will be present. Info's not yet up on the site, but check back closer to August.

200 N Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

2. Cinespia

6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Long-running Cinespia at Hollywood Forever Cemetery is the hippest outdoor movie game in town, with a DJ and beloved cult programming. They'll also be hosting one movie (TBA June 25) to mark the kick-off of Sundance's Next Fest.

6000 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90038

3. Street Food Cinema

3911 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90037

It's food trucks, music, and 12 newish classics at this summer-long Expo Park series. (There will also be one-off showings at Culver City's Veterans Memorial Park, WeHo's Poinsettia Park, and at the Fairplex in Pomona.)

3911 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90037

4. Street Food Cinema

201 E Colorado St, Glendale, CA 91205
Aline Kras Images

via Americana at Brand]

201 E Colorado St
Glendale, CA 91205

5. Street Food Cinema

360 N Arroyo Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91103

This branch of Street Food Cinema at Brookside Park near the Rose Bowl is showing four movies, including babies-of-the-eighties faves like Beetlejuice and Labyrinth.

360 N Arroyo Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91103

6. Electric Dusk Drive-In

1000 San Julian Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Having been ousted from the Historic Core by development plans, Electric Dusk moved into an old produce market site in the Fashion District. They show a mix of adult and family friendly stuff throughout the summer.

1000 San Julian Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

7. LA River Bike-In Movie Theater

1584 North Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Only the next screening date (June 28) is confirmed for the LA River Revitalization Corporation's bike-in movie series, but there will be at least two more in different spots along the river this summer. June 28's movie will take place at the Broadway Bridge Viaduct in Chinatown.

1584 North Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012

8. Eat|See|Hear

601 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Lots of '80s and '90s favorites at this peripatetic series that moves from Santa Monica to the Autry Museum in Griffith Park and lots of venues in between; there are also local bands and food trucks, so prepare to be entertained.

601 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405

9. Movies on the Green

5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

The Valley Cultural Center hosts several kid-friendly movies throughout the season (which runs from July 12 to August 23) at Warner Center Park.

5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

10. Moonlight Movies on the Beach

5101 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90803

More family-friendliness and '80s classics, screened on Granada or Mothers Beach. The season starts on June 21.

5101 East Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90803

11. LA Film Fest

350 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90071

The LA Film Fest, which runs June 11 through 19, holds some free outdoor screenings at California Plaza's Grand Performances series.

350 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071

12. Paramount Drive-In Theater

Paramount, CA 90723

Not into the classics? The films are first-run and outdoors year-round at this recently re-opened drive-in.

13. Friday Night Flicks

532 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Everyone's favorite eyesore, Pershing Square, hosts movies throughout the summer—action movies this month (Thor's on May 23), car movies in June, mobster comedies in July, rock 'n' roll flicks in August, and movies about troubled teens in September.

532 S Olive St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

14. Cinema on the Street

1250 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Santa Monica will once again host films on the Third Street Promenade this year. The schedule hasn't been announced yet, but they will be giving out free stuff to the first 75 guests at every showing.

1250 3rd Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401

15. Silver Lake Picture Show

Griffith Park Boulevard & Edgecliffe Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90026

The SLPS hosts hipster-friendly movies and live music at the Sunset Triangle Plaza through September.

Griffith Park Boulevard & Edgecliffe Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90026

16. Old Pasadena Film Festival

20 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105

Old Town's One Colorado hosts free screenings of 20 new and old classics on Fridays and Saturdays throughout July. The schedule won't be up until June.

20 South Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105

17. Summer Movie Series

900 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Starting July 11, the Natural History Museum will again be showing movies in its Nature Gardens. Pack a picnic or don't: there will be food trucks and "garden-inspired cocktails." Ooooh!

900 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90007

18. Dodger Stadium Movie Series

1000 Elysian Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Watch baseball-themed classics in the Stadium on May 31 and August 16 (both Saturdays), post-game. [Image via Wikipedia]

1000 Elysian Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

19. Alcove Movie Nights

1929 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Free movies at this Los Feliz cafe's movie night, where films and snacks are probably for adults only. Flicks run through September.

1929 Hillhurst Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

20. Summer Movie Fest at CSUN

18111 Nordhoff Street, California State University Northridge, Northridge, CA 91330

Movies at Cal State Northridge run the gamut from family friendly to more adult-oriented comedies and action films. The first show (Ferris Bueller's Day Off) is June 5. [Image via CSUN Sundial]

18111 Nordhoff Street, California State University Northridge
Northridge, CA 91330

21. Free Marina Movie Nights

13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Four kid-appropriate films will screen at Burton Chace Park between July 31 and August 23. [Image via Dept. of Beaches & Harbors]

13650 Mindanao Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292