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Cinema Under the Stars: LA’s Best Outdoor Theaters

June 2, 2015
Written by: Yasha Wallin

Los Angeles is a car city. They’re a necessity for getting around, but nothing puts your car to better use than checking out a good old fashioned drive-in movie. With plenty of summer hits to watch under the stars, we’ve rounded up the five best drive-in and outdoor theaters in and around LA.

Electric Dusk Drive-In
Where: 1000 San Julian St, Los Angeles, CA
Now playing: The Big Lebowski, E.T., Clue, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Why we love it: This retro-style drive-in is year round, and pretty conveniently locating. If the car isn’t your thing, you can grab a seat close to the screen, relax on the astroturf and mingle with other moviegoers.
Snacks: Bring your own or check out their BBQ items, candy, and baked goods.

LA Drive In Movie

The Library Summer Movie Series
Where: The Redbury Hotel 1717 Vine St. Los Angeles, CA
Now playing: Almost Famous, Empire Records, Across the Universe
Why we love it: No admission fee, cozy couches with blankets all brought to you by iPic.
Snack: Serving Cleo food and specialty cocktails directly to the couches!
For reservations: thelibrary@sbe.com


Vineland Drive-In Theater
Where: 443 N. Vineland Ave, City of Industry, CA
Now playing: Mad Max: Fury Road, Tomorrowland, Poltergeist, San Andreas
Why we love it: Not many drive-ins play contemporary movies, so you can catch the latest films, and even go for a double feature all for $9 per person.
Snack: Bring your own, or grab their standard movie fare of hot dogs, nachos, popcorn.

Vineland Drive In Theater

Cinespia at The Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Where: 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, CA
Now playing: Harold and Maude, Do the Right Thing, Wizard of Oz, Showgirls
Why we love it: It doesn’t get much or cooler (or creepier—it is in a cemetery) than this when it comes to outdoor movie experiences. There are pre-show DJs, themed photo booths, and the 4th of July summer climax of a Top Gun screening and a fireworks show.
Snacks: Bring a picnic dinner and drinks. Wine and beer are permitted, but no spirits


Street Food Cinema
Where: Various Locations
Movies playing: Donnie Darko, Rebel Without a Cause, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Bridesmaids
Why we love it: This place isn’t just about movies, it’s also about indulging in the gourmet food trucks, listening to live music, and getting cozy under the stars with a bunch of strangers.
Snacks: Yes! So many amazing food truck options to choose from including homemade ice cream sandwiches, lobster rolls, sushi, cupcakes, soul food and more.