Dust off that picnic basket and grab the beach chairs because outdoor movie season is upon us once again, Los Angeles. Some formerly prominent al fresco screening locations (Grand Park) have dropped off our outdoor screening map this season, but meanwhile mobile screenings like Eat|See|Hear and Street Food Cinema have expanded to new locations and smaller, local series (usually free) are still cropping up all over. From Scarface on the lawn at Exposition Park to Guardians of the Galaxy on Granada Beach, we've mapped out all of this summer's open-air film screenings, right this way (bookmark it!). *Update 8/8: Point added.Read More
The 2015 Map Guide to Los Angeles Outdoor Movie Screenings
1. Expo Park Street Food Cinema
Los Angeles, CA 90037
It's food trucks, music, and 8 timeless classics (new and old) at this summer-long Expo Park series. Thelma & Louise, Scarface, and Heathers are some of the hits screening here.
2. Electric Dusk Drive-In
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Electric Dusk Drive-In is back for their second year at this Fashion district site/former produce market. They show a mix of adult (The Big Lebowski) and family friendly stuff (E.T) twice a month through August. No car? No problem! Though it is a drive-in, there are astroturf seats available for the carfree. Tickets range from $9 to $13.
3. Silver Lake Picture Show
Los Angeles, CA 90026
The SLPS hosts free, hipster-friendly movies and live music at the Sunset Triangle Plaza from June through September. The season kicks off on June 25 with Pee Wee's Big Adventure.
4. NoHo International Film Festival
Los Angeles, CA 91601
Six movies throughout NoHo will screen at this free, outdoor screening series of mostly family-friendly movies. The first flick, showing May 16, is the Beatles' A Hard Day's Night, and screens at North Hollywood's new People St. plaza. [Image via People St.]
5. Alcove Movie Nights
Free movies at this Los Feliz cafe's movie night include classic LA thriller Speed, The Devil Wears Prada, and Rocky. Flicks are every third Monday at 8 pm, and run through September.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Long-running Cinespia at Hollywood Forever Cemetery is the hippest outdoor movie venue in town, with a DJ, beloved cult programming, and a slightly spooky environment. Classics like Wizard of Oz and modern favorites like Showgirls will be part of the lineup this summer. Tickets are $14-$15.
7. Santa Monica High Eat|See|Hear
Santa Monica, CA 90405
From May 9 to September 12, this peripatetic series will unfurl its inflatable screen in wide open spaces at SaMo High. There is also a one-off showing of Karate Kid in Beverly Hills. Expect food trucks, live music, and dog-friendliness. Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 at the door, and cheaper for kiddies.
8. Autry National Center Eat|See|Hear
The Autry Center in Griffith Park hosts eight ESH screenings, including Fight Club, Almost Famous, and Tarantino classic Reservoir Dogs.
9. Will Rogers Street Food Cinema
The Will Rogers Polo Grounds host six screenings including thrilling selections like The Shining and Nightmare on Elm Street. Tickets for SFC start at $12.
10. Central Park Street Food Cinema
11. Culver City Street Food Cinema
Culver City, CA 90232
Ballona-Creek-adjacent Syd Kronenthal Park hosts five flicks this summer that are pretty firmly for grown-ups (Superbad, Old School). This park is the only SFC spot that doesn't want you to bring your dogs. Tickets for SFC start at $12.
12. Victory Park Street Food Cinema
Street Food Cinema brings eight movies to east Pasadena's Victory Park, starting this Saturday, May 9, with Grease, and ending in October with Back to the Future One *and* Two (double feature!!) Tickets for SFC start at $12.
13. Moonlight Movies on the Beach
Long Beach, CA 90803
More free, family-friendliness is going down on Granada Beach this year. The season starts on June 22 and runs through August 27, with movies showing on weeknights. The season starts with Karate Kid and ends with Ferris Bueller's Day Off, with Labyrinth, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Frozen in between.
14. Summer Movie Fest at CSUN
Northridge, CA 91330
Free movies at Cal State Northridge run the gamut from family friendly to more adult-oriented comedies and action films. The season opens June 4 with Clueless, and closes August 27 with 22 Jump Street. [Image via CSUN Sundial]
15. Friday Night Flicks
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Despite undergoing a transformation, Pershing Square will once again host free outdoor movies this summer. The schedule isn't up yet, but a rep for the park says that the first screening will be July 10; the season will close August 14. Last year, each month got its own theme (teen angst, mob flicks). When the schedule is ready, it'll be posted at Pershing's website.
16. Movies on the Green
Los Angeles, CA
The Valley Cultural Center hosts several kid-friendly movies every weekend in August at the Lou Bredlow Pavilion in Warner Center Park, starting with The Lego Movie on August 1. Tickets are $10.
17. Paramount Drive-In Theater
Not into the classics? The films are first-run and outdoors year-round at this recently re-opened drive-in.
18. Free Marina Movie Nights
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
The schedule isn't up yet for these free, family-friendly films screening at Burton Chace Park, but they're scheduled to take place "on select Saturday nights in July & August." [Image via Dept. of Beaches & Harbors]
19. Cinema on the Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
This free SaMo series is actually just going to show one movie this summer: a sing-along of 1971's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder. It's going down on Friday, July 17 at 8 pm. There will be free chocolate bars for the first 200 people who show up.
20. Pasadena City Hall Eat|See|Hear
Check out Centennial Square showings at Pasadena's lovely City Hall this for ESH presentations of Back to the Future, Clueless and Princess Bride. Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 at the door, and cheaper for kiddies.
21. Rooftop Film Club
This series on top of the Montalbán at Hollywood and Vine brings the best of a theater to the outdoors. RFC supplies ticket holders with chairs and wireless headsets to listen to the movies (instead of the people next to you). There's no picnicking allowed, but all the usual movie snacks (popcorn, candy) are for sale there. Tickets are around $17, and screenings start on August 26 with The Big Lebowski, and go on to show an array of beloved films like Ghostbusters, Goonies, and Back to the Future until mid-September.