Outdoor Movie Screenings in L.A. to Check Out This Summer

Outdoor movie screenings and Los Angeles seem to go hand-in-hand.

The city has no shortage of venues to catch a movie under the stars, as several outdoor screening series spend the summer taking over iconic L.A. landmarks.

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Having become a Hollywood staple, it’s hard to scroll through social media in the summer without seeing at least one picture taken at Cinespia screening at the iconic Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Meanwhile, Street Food Cinema offers screenings at several venues including Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades and The Autry Museum, located inside Griffith Park.

Whether you’re looking for a fun night out with friends or a family friendly summer activity, there are a slew of screenings around L.A. Check out some of them below.

Cinespia

Crowd at Hollywood Forever cemetery.
Cinespia at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

The long-running outdoor movie series, currently presented by Amazon MGM Studios, offers a variety of outdoor screenings that bring in large crowds. It’s not uncommon to see large groups of friends carting bags of food and drinks (guests are allowed to bring their own beer and wine) for a summer night picnic. Cinespia often encourages moviegoers to dress up in costume — their recent screening of D.E.B.S. with L.A. Pride brought a slew of fans dressed in plaid school uniforms like the characters in the film. While Hollywood Forever Cemetery remains a mainstay for the series, Cinespia has also hosted screenings at L.A. Historic State Park, The Rose Bowl Stadium and The Greek Theatre.

Cinespia’s current calendar is below. Tickets can be found here.

  • July 4: Rocky (plus fireworks show) at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (6000 Santa Monica Blvd.)

  • July 5: Charlie’s Angels (plus fireworks show) at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (6000 Santa Monica Blvd.)

  • July 6: Shrek 2 (plus fireworks show) at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (6000 Santa Monica Blvd.)

  • July 13: Midsommar at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (6000 Santa Monica Blvd.)

  • July 20: Empire Records at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (6000 Santa Monica Blvd.)

  • July 27: La Bamba at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (6000 Santa Monica Blvd.)

  • Aug. 3: Bridesmaids at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (6000 Santa Monica Blvd.)

  • Aug. 10: True Romance at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (6000 Santa Monica Blvd.)

  • Aug. 17: Kirsten Dunst Slumber Party: Bring It On and The Virgin Suicides at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (6000 Santa Monica Blvd.)

  • Aug. 24: The Nightmare Before Christmas at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (6000 Santa Monica Blvd.)

Street Food Cinema

Crowd watches Barbie.
Street Food Cinema.

Street Food Cinema hosts over 50 events in the L.A. area throughout the year. Having launched in 2012, the outdoor movie series puts on screenings across the city from The Autry Museum in Griffith Park to Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades. For those who want to regularly attend the outdoor screenings, Street Food Cinema offers a season pass beginning in April and lasting through October. True to its name, the screening series also hosts a variety of food trucks at each event.

Street Food Cinema’s current calendar is below. Tickets can be found here.

  • July 6: 20th Anniversary of National Treasure at The Autry Museum in Griffith Park (4700 Western Heritage Way)

  • July 6: The Devil Wears Prada (with DTLA Alliance) at Grand Hope Park in DTLA (919 S. Grand Ave.)

  • July 13: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) at The Autry Museum in Griffith Park (4700 Western Heritage Way)

  • July 13: The Princess Diaries at Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades (1501 Will Rogers State Park Rd.)

  • July 17: Cobra Kai Season 6 Fan Event with Netflix at The Autry Museum in Griffith Park (4700 Western Heritage Way)

  • July 20: 20th Anniversary of Garden State (with Searchlight Pictures and special guest Zach Braff) The Autry Museum in Griffith Park (4700 Western Heritage Way)

  • July 20: Jurassic Park at L.A. State Historic Park in DTLA (1245 N Spring St.)

  • July 27: Back to the Future III at The Autry Museum in Griffith Park (4700 Western Heritage Way)

  • Aug. 3: Mad Max: Fury Road (with IGN) at The Autry Museum in Griffith Park (4700 Western Heritage Way)

  • Aug. 3: Grease at Westdrift Golf Course in Manhattan Beach (1400 Parkview Ave.)

  • Aug. 5: 20th Anniversary of The Incredibles (with D23) at Pearson Park Amphitheatre in Anaheim (401 N Lemon St.)

  • Aug. 10: 25th Anniversary of The Mummy at The Autry Museum in Griffith Park (4700 Western Heritage Way)

  • Aug. 10: Clueless (with DTLA Alliance) at Grand Hope Park in DTLA (919 S Grand Ave.)

  • Aug. 17: Super Troopers (with Searchlight Pictures) at The Autry Museum in Griffith Park (4700 Western Heritage Way)

  • Aug. 24: Spider-man 2 at The Autry Museum in Griffith Park (4700 Western Heritage Way)

  • Aug. 24: Crazy Stupid Love at Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades (1501 Will Rogers State Park Rd.)

  • Aug. 31: 25th Anniversary of 10 Things I Hate About You (with special guest Gil Junger) at The Autry Museum in Griffith Park (4700 Western Heritage Way)

  • Sept. 1: The Princess Bride at L.A. Equestrian Center in Burbank (480 Riverside Dr.)

  • Sept. 14: La La Land in Concert (with composer Justin Hurwitz) at L.A. State Historic Park in DTLA (1245 N Spring St.)

  • Sept. 15: La La Land in Concert (with composer Justin Hurwitz) at L.A. State Historic Park in DTLA (1245 N Spring St.)

  • Sept. 21: Selena (with DTLA Alliance) at Grand Hope Park in DTLA (919 S Grand Ave.)

Summer Poolside Cinema Series

People sitting around a pool watching a movie.
Poolside Cinema Series.

The Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows has partnered up with Hulu to bring movies poolside at the Santa Monica hotel. The streamer has curated a selection of movies for the intimate setting. Hotel guests are able to join a screening free of charge, meanwhile, guests that buy tickets are offered free popcorn and a $45 food & beverage credit.

The Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows’ and Hulu’s Summer Poolside Cinema Series current calendar is below. Tickets can be found here.

  • July 7: Independence Day at Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows (101 Wilshire Blvd.)

  • July 14: Sideways at Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows (101 Wilshire Blvd.)

  • July 21: Aquamarine at Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows (101 Wilshire Blvd.)

  • July 28: Flamin’ Hot at Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows (101 Wilshire Blvd.)

  • Aug. 4: The Proposal at Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows (101 Wilshire Blvd.)

  • Aug. 11: Bohemian Rhapsody at Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows (101 Wilshire Blvd.)

  • Aug. 18: Super Troopers at Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows (101 Wilshire Blvd.)

  • Aug. 25: Undisclosed “Special Feature” at Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows (101 Wilshire Blvd.)

  • Sept. 1: Napoleon Dynamite at Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows (101 Wilshire Blvd.)

Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA

Box Office sign.
Rooftop Cinema Club Premiere Night at NeueHouse Los Angeles on March 19, 2019.

True to its name, Rooftop Cinema Club, located on the fourth floor terrace of the Level Hotel, offers moviegoers a chance to check out movies and a view. The downtown screening series sets itself apart by offering guests a pair of their own personal headphones to watch the movie. With screenings nearly daily, Rooftop Cinema Club has the widest variety of outdoor movies in the city.

Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA’s current calendar is below. Tickets can be found here.

  • July 2: White Chicks at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • July 3: Drive Me Crazy at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • July 4: Independence Day at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • July 4: A Nightmare On Elm Street at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • July 5: Dirty Dancing at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • July 5: Independence Day at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • July 6: The Sandlot at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • July 6: The Blackening at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • July 7: 10 Things I Hate About You at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • July 8: La La Land at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • July 9: Bob Marley: One Love at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • July 11: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • July 11: Juice at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • July 12: American Pie at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • July 12: Goodfellas at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • July 13: White Chicks at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • July 13: Scream at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • July 14: The Greatest Showman at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • July 15: The Notebook at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • July 17: 500 Days of Summer at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • July 19: The Wood at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • July 19: The Blair Witch Project at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • July 20: La La Land at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • July 20: Superbad at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • July 21: Coyote Ugly (plus silent disco) at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • July 22: Twilight at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • July 23: Pride and Prejudice at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • July 24: Selena at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • July 25: White Chicks at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • July 25: High Fidelity at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • July 26: Across The Universe at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • July 26: Scream at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • July 27: A Star Is Born at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • July 28: Grease (sing-along) at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • July 29: How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • July 30: The Devil Wears Prada at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • July 31: 10 Things I Hate About You at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 1: The Mask at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 1: American Psycho at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 2: Legally Blonde at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 2: Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 3: Drop Dead Gorgeous at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 3: Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 4: The Great Gatsby at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 5: Pretty Woman at at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 6: La La Land at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 7: Jurassic Park at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 8: The Proposal at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 8: The Sixth Sense at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 9: Dick at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 9: Friday at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 10: 50 First Dates at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 10: Jennifer’s Body at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 11: Inception at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 12: Anyone But You at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 13: Mamma Mia! at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 14: Love Jones at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 15: American Pie at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 16: Crazy, Stupid, Love at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 16: Pulp Fiction at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 17: She’s All That at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 17: 500 Days of Summer at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 18: Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 19: The Fall Guy at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 20: The Wood at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 21: The Notebook at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 22: White Chicks at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 22: The Fall Guy at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 23: Jawbreaker at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 23: The Dark Knight at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 24: Twilight at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 24: Fight Club at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 25: Scarface at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 26 Pride and Prejudice at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 27: 10 Things I Hate About You at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 28: Poetic Justice at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 29: Challengers at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 29: Everything Everywhere All At Once at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 30: Scream at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 31: The Virgin Suicides at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Aug. 31: La La Land at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Sept. 1: Back To The Future at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Sept. 1: Pretty Woman at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Sept. 2: The Sandlot at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

  • Sept. 2: Goodfellas at Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA (888 S Olive St., 4th Floor)

Movies at The Steps

For those looking for a spot to catch movies under the stars with kids, The Culver Steps in Culver City are hosting family friendly movies every Friday night. The screenings begin around 8:30 p.m., or sunset, and complimentary popcorn is provided. The biggest highlight is without a doubt the price though: free.

Movies at The Steps current calendar is below.

  • July 12: Stuart Little at the Lower Plaza at The Steps (9300 Culver Blvd.)

  • July 19: Honey, I Shrunk The Kids at the Lower Plaza at The Steps (9300 Culver Blvd.)

  • July 26: 101 Dalmatians at the Lower Plaza at The Steps (9300 Culver Blvd.)

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