Ah, summertime in Los Angeles. Is there a better city for outdoor screenings? Sure, the days can get pretty hot, but the nights? The nights are pure perfection. Angelenos will find practically any excuse to spend their evenings outside during the summer months. Last year we told you about the best rooftops around town, and now we’ve collected our top six spots for outdoor screenings. So grab your blankets and picnic baskets, and get ready to watch amazing movies, whether cult classics or recent blockbusters, under the stars and above the city lights.
Number 6: Silver Lake Picture Show
If you spend any time on the Eastside, you’ve probably seen the farmer’s markets on Saturday mornings and Tuesday afternoons at Sunset Triangle Plaza in Silver Lake. Well, every other Thursday throughout the summer in addition to the farmer’s markets, the tiny park plays host to neighborhood film screenings. The vibe is closer to a community picnic than a movie theatre and it’s always free. They manage to fit about 600 people into the plaza for the outdoor screenings, so get there early to snag a good spot. The best part? There are a lot of delicious restaurants within spitting distance to stock your picnic with. We love Pine + Crane, Kettle Black, and Cliff’s Edge, but honestly, it’s hard to go wrong in this foodie-heaven part of LA.
Number 5: Cinespia at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
It’s both a blessing and a curse that Cinespia’s outdoor screenings have become so unbelievably popular in recent years. On the plus side, the food options, photobooths, and special guests are always getting better. On the negative side, you have to buy your tickets ($16) pretty far in advance and plan to arrive at least 3 hours early to get a good seat on the lawn. Still, Cinespia will always have a special place in our hearts. There’s something truly magical about watching a film in the presence of old Hollywood icons like Cecil B. Demille, Douglas Fairbanks and Judy Garland. You can always count on the films being classic and, even on the hottest summer night, the lawn stays cool. Celebrity guests and super fun photo booths make these screenings an LA mainstay. If you’ve never been, you must. It’s practically a rite of passage.
Number 4: Street Food Cinema
If you love food as much as you love movies, you can catch a variety of outdoor screenings all around LA, both on the East and Westside with Street Food Cinema. Tickets are $14 – $19 and kids tickets are discounted. From now all the way until the end of October, you can watch movies from The Mask to Black Panther, from Space Jam to Moonrise Kingdom, from Halloween to Coco! There really is something for everyone. Plus there’s always live music from local bands and DJs to help get the party started.
Number 3: Eat|See|Hear
Similar to Street Food Cinema, Showtime’s summer series Eat|See|Hear makes a whole night out of their outdoor screenings. At venues in Griffith Park, Pasadena, Santa Monica, and Downtown, you can lay out your blanket, listen to live music and enjoy some delicious food. With a sponsor like Showtime, the cinema lineup is a little more highbrow and features classic titles like Rear Window, Boogie Nights, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. As a bonus, tickets for screenings outside the Autry in Griffith Park include entry to the museum, so you can arrive early at 5:30 and spend some time exploring some of the amazing exhibitions. General admission tickets are $14, kids 12 and under are $8, and to make sure you get a good spot, you can also buy a Fashionably Late Ticket for $21, which guarantees you a spot with a good view regardless of what time you show up.
Number 2: Melrose Rooftop Theatre
If your lifestyle demands a more high-class experience during your outdoor screenings, the Melrose Rooftop Theatre on the roof of E.P. & L.P. is a great option. Every Sunday through Thursday night until November, they’ll be showing cult classics and new releases on the roof. If you want to make a night of it, you can buy a dinner and a movie bundle for $65, which includes a three-course meal from the restaurant downstairs, a movie ticket, plus tax and service. They’ll also reserve your seats for the screening, so you can take your time and enjoy your meal. With views of the Hollywood Hills, tasty cocktails and individual headsets for sound, this is a luxury outdoor theatre experience for even the most high-maintenance moviegoer. Tickets not including dinner are $27.50.
Number 1: Rooftop Cinema Club at NeueHouse
Hands down, our favorite place for outdoor screenings this summer is the Rooftop Cinema Club’s newest venue, NeueHouse Hollywood. We love the hand-picked movie selection, which includes classics like The Bodyguard and Singin’ in the Rain, as well as new artistic films like Isle of Dogs and Call Me By Your Name. The location is perfect–in the heart of Hollywood on the third-floor terrace of the exclusive co-working space, NeueHouse. We love the historic location. The building, built in the 1930s, used to be home to CBS Station during the golden years of radio. Lounge seat tickets are $18, add bottomless popcorn for $3 more, or get a love seat with popcorn included for $50. We think it’s so great, in fact, that we partnered with NeueHouse and Rooftop Cinema Club to give moviegoers free parking. Check their website for the promo code and enjoy!
Did we miss any amazing summer screenings? Let us know! And don’t forget, you can use Pavemint to park at almost all of these outdoor screenings. So check out our web app or download the iOS app to reserve your space!