8 quirky outdoor movie experiences in Los Angeles

The City of Angels lives up to its Hollywood roots with these incredible outdoor cinemas.

Combine stunning rooftops with classic movies and you've got the perfect night in Los Angeles.

For Aussie travellers escaping winter for the glorious California sunshine, there are lots of quirky outdoor events to experience in the entertainment capital of the world.

Check out eight of the best outdoor movie experiences in Los Angeles this summer.


Cinespia - Hollywood Forever

May - August 2017

Ever watched a movie in a cemetery? Cinespia hosts on-site screenings of classic films across LA, with its most popular series on Saturday night at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Guests picnic under the stars and watch films digitally projected against the wall of the Cathedral Mausoleum, which houses the crypt of Rudolph Valentino among many others. You may even spot a celebrity there with popular names such as Brooklyn Beckham known to watch flicks there.

Location: Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Electric Dusk Drive In

July - September 2017

Enjoy a movie from the comfort of your car with the retro drive-in movie setting featuring top films of the ‘80s, ‘90s and 2000s. The Outdoor Astroturf section offers the closest seats to the screen, where you’ll sit under the stars, mingle with your fellow moviegoers, and listen to the audio through outdoor speakers.

Location: Van De Kamp Innovation Centre of Los Angeles City College

Poolside Cinema Series

July 2017

Taking place every Tuesday at 7pm, the film series invites guests to enjoy a variety of Venetian-inspired poolside and culinary experiences. Movies screen at sunset and the line-up includes recent favourites and classics. Relax on chic, comfortable loungers and reserve your seats with advance purchase of a Mr. C Cinema Prix Fixe Menu.

Location: Mr. C Beverly Hills

Silver Lake Picture Show

22 June - 14 September 2017

Features free outdoor movies at Sunset Triangle Plaza. Taking place every other Thursday, each screening is preceded by a free musical performance and short film from local artists.

Location: Sunset Triangle Plaza

Dinner & a Movie

June - September 2017

Every third Monday of the month, Big Bar at Alcove Café presents Dinner & a Movie. The series features classic and cult films paired with special food and cocktail menus inspired by the featured flick. Films are shown on a 17-foot screen on the garden patio.

Location: Big Bar

Rooftop Cinema Club

July - August 2017

For those after a luxe experience, the leading outdoor cinema is back to celebrate iconic film moments in the heart of Los Angeles. For summer 2017, Rooftop Cinema Club is bringing new releases, classics, and cult favourites to the quirky rooftop terrace of Downtown LA. Enjoy the movie which is screened on the side of a building, while taking in the LA. skyline on the grassy rooftop.

Location: LEVEL Furnished Living, Downtown LA

Street Food Cinema

Through October 2017

The largest outdoor movie series in LA, with more than 50 events at 11 locations from Pasadena to Pacific Palisades. Featuring a wide range of films, gourmet food trucks and live music. Those wanting to take the movie going experience to the next level can attend a two weekend camping event at King Gillette Ranch in Malibu. Features include themed activities, music and food.

Top locations: Los Angeles State Historic Park, Griffith Park

Hollywood Bowl

24 June - 7 September 2017

For a classic movie experience, look no further than the Hollywood Bowl. Movie nights are some of the most popular events at the world-famous location. Continuing a beloved Bowl tradition, John Williams: Maestro of the Movie (1-3 September), features the legendary composer conducting many of his greatest moments of movie music magic.

Location: Hollywood Bowl

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