LA’s Outdoor Movie Scene

Angelenos take their movies seriously. Battleship. Jack & Jill. Raging Bull II… That’s why it’s nice to see movies be enjoyed in a more laid back environment that encourage you to bring your own craft beer or cheap wine. Check out the list of outdoor movie screenings in Los Angeles this summer.


The Cinespia events are the Godfather of summer movie screenings and a tradition long held by locals. Recently, it’s a tradition longheld by nearly everyone in Los Angeles, so the standby lines get long and reserve tickets sell out quickly. However, buying in advance or waiting in line is well worth it to watch any of the silver screen classics in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, in the summer, with friends, and wine.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery:
6000 Santa Monica Blvd. at gower [map]

Oscars Outdoors

There are two places to find academy award winning movies this summer: stuck in your Netflix queue waiting until after that third screening of My So Called Life or you can head to the middle of Hollywood to a well-manicured park to screen some of the most-loved Oscar winners. With screenings on both Friday’s and Saturday’s this series has The Goonies, Ghost, and The 1996 version of The Nutty Professor (really?). At $5 a ticket with free parking, it’s a steal.

Academy Hollywood
1341 Vine Street Hollywood

Enter from Homewood Avenue (turn west off Vine Street) [map]

Devil’s Night Drive-In

Located in the middle of Downtown LA Devil’s Night Drive-In is home to offbeat classic films (see Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and Donnie Darko). Buy your tickets and cheap wine ahead of time. Remember to bring both because they are equally important. Feel free to sit in your convertible or on the astroturf that is provided.

240 W. 4th St. (at Broadway) – 2nd Floor [map]

Vineland Drive-In

For a more classic approach to the Drive-In movie, take your car and a date to City of Industry to catch a flick under the stars. This Drive-In has been preserved from the time where this was the only place to see movies, so taking that into consideration the sound may be dodgy and the screen may not be bright enough, but it’s a blast. Go to have the fun of being there and you will have that fun.

Vineland Swap Meet
443 N Vineland Ave City of Industry, CA 91746 [map]

Street Food Cinema

People will line up around the block just to get food, so why not add a quality movie? Transformers with a side of Grill ‘Em All. Or Rocky Horror Picture Show with a Crepe. Or maybe Twilight with a Greasy Weiner? It’s entirely your choice at this brand new summer series. Located in Exposition park across the street from USC, which means it’s metro adjacent. Not sure what the booze policy is on this one, so bring your flasks, or just as a USC student.

Exposition Park
700 Exposition Park Drive 90037 [map]

Eat, See, Hear

A smorgasbord of entertainment, these summer night events promise to bring you something to eat, something to see and something to hear. All in one night. Sounds ambitious. With locations raging from Santa Monica to San Pedro this series is something that everyone can catch. I won’t pretend to know any of the bands, but it should be worth checking out.