A dark, air-conditioned theater is a great place to get away from the steamy summer sun. But why not grab a picnic and beach chair and head outside for a movie after the sun goes down? There are so many places to see a great movie al fresco these days…

Oscars Outdoors, The Princess BrideThe Academy knows how to do movies right, and Oscars Outdoors is no exception. They’ve bought the property next to their Hollywood campus on Vine and converted into an intimate, state-of-the-art outdoor screening space. We inaugurated their second season with a spectacular screening of “Much Ado About Nothing” and KCRW will be there on the 28th for “Style Wars.” Note that many of their screenings are already sold out – but they have a stand-by line…

images (14)If you’re in the OC, check out the Segerstrom Center for the Arts Free For All Movie Mondays. I’ll be down on the 15th to host a screening of “Buena Vista Social Club” – Wim Wenders’ lovely, tune-filled documentary about Ry Cooder’s travels to Cuba to unite legendary musicians of pre-revolutionary Havana.

Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood is the hippest of LA outdoor screenings.  Watch great old Hollywood films with real old Hollywood dead people!  A warning: What was once the purview of a few insiders has become very popular, so be prepared for a bit of a (super fun) mob.

Vineland Drive-In just southeast of downtown in the City of Industry is one of the last remaining original drive-ins the metro LA area. Enjoy great first-run movies…or not (wink wink).

There are screening series with food…Eat, See Hear all around the city and Street Food Cinema in Exposition Park. Oscars Outdoors also has food trucks on site…

Readers have added great suggestions: TR writes about Hitchcock at the Santa Barbara Courthouse (so great!), Bonnie reminds me that some of the screenings at the Topanga Film Festival (7/18-21) are outdoors, Sandra says the Petersen Automotive Museum (I love “On Any Sunday!”) has the “Reels & Wheels” series and Miranda says the LA River Corp. has some outdoor screenings as well! So many outdoor movies, so little outdoor time!

Broke LA has a great list of more venues HERE
and another great list courtesy of Curbed LA HERE!


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