clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

A Guide to LA's Coolest Outdoor Movie Screenings This Summer

Photo: Cinespia

Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.

In this city, where the cotton candy sunsets and trail of palm trees provide the perfect backdrop to a summer evening, an outdoor movie screening is not only an ideal outing — it's an LA rite of passage. And super lucky for us, there's a crapload of them to take advantage of.

That said, we've taken the liberty of gathering some of the best viewing sessions in town, so regardless of if your preference it poolside with craft cocktails and gourmet treats or copping a squat on the grass with your squad while snacking on junk food, there's definitely a spot — and a fun flick! — for you enjoy here. Don't forget to check back throughout the summer, as we'll be adding to this list as more outdoor screenings emerge.

Cinespia at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

A Guide to LA's Coolest Outdoor Movie Screenings This Summer Photo: Cinespia

There's so much to love about these quintessential Saturday night (with the addition of Sunday, July 3rd) summertime screenings: sitting in the iconic cemetery where Cecil B. DeMille and Jayne Mansfield were laid to rest, epic picnicking (extra cool points for bringing comfy chairs, actual wine glasses, and baskets filled with gourmet goodies), expertly designed, themed photobooths, and a lineup of the most beloved flicks. 6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood, 90038. Doors open at 7:15pm, screening starts at 9pm. Tickets are $15 to $35 and available here.

· June 18th: Goodfellas
· June 25th: Raising Arizona
· July 2nd: Purple Rain
· July 3rd: Grease (fireworks finale)
· July 9th: The Sandlot
· July 16th: Kill Bill Vol. I & II
· July 23rd: The Muppet Movie
· July 30th: Sabrina

Dive In Theater at the Mondrian

A Guide to LA's Coolest Outdoor Movie Screenings This Summer Photo: Girl Tripping

Gen Art teams up with the Mondrian Hotel for a chic poolside series of Monday night screenings. The lineup of mostly contemporary films also includes a few classics from our adolescence. Sponsored by Moet & Chandon and Stella Artois, these events are strictly for the 21+ set. 8440 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood 90069. Screenings start at 8pm. RSVP only, first come first serve seating or purchase reserve packages with food and drinks for $40 to $70 per duo.

· June 20th: Whiplash
· June 27th: The Talented Mr. Ripley
· July 11th: Mistress America
· July 18th: Coco Before Chanel
· July 25th: That Thing You Do
· August 1st: Now and Then
· August 8th: Romeo and Juliet
· August 15th: Advanced Style
· August 22nd: Julie and Julia
· August 29th: Reality Bites

Mr. C Poolside Cinema

A Guide to LA's Coolest Outdoor Movie Screenings This Summer Photo: Mr. C Beverly Hills/Facebook

Every other Tuesday, Mr. C's offers a luxe poolside setting for their free summer film series where guests can enjoy craft cocktails, fresh popcorn, candy, and gourmet eats like margherita pizza, tuna tartar, and fried calamari when they purchase a prix-fixe menu. 1224 Beverlywil Dr, Beverly Hills 90035. Doors open at 7pm; seating is first-come, first-serve and screening starts at sunset. Free to attend, prix-fixe menu options go for $35 to $45. Reserve a spot by emailing restaurantbh@mrchotels.com.

· June 21st: Silver Linings Playbook
· July 5th: Grand Budapest Hotel
· July 19th: Fargo
· August 2nd: Vicky Christina Barcelona
· August 16th: Breakfast at Tiffany's
· August 30th: Chef

Eat See Hear

A Guide to LA's Coolest Outdoor Movie Screenings This Summer Photo: We Like LA

Showtime presents this all-summer-long series offered at multiple locations throughout the city. In addition to this year's wide range of films (which packs in everything from Hitchcock to Hughes), guests can peruse the curated selection of food trucks (Cool Haus ice cream and Jogasaki sushi burritos among them) and enjoy live music. Locations and times vary. Tickets are $12 to $20. View details and purchase tickets here.

· June 16th: Mommy Dearest at Laemmle NoHo 7
· June 18th: Trainwreck at Santa Monica High School Amphitheater
· June 23rd: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at Laemmle NoHo 7
· June 25th: Dazed and Confused at Autry Museum in Griffith Park
· June 30th: Auntie Mame at Laemmle NoHo 7
· July 2nd: Coming to America at Autry Museum in Griffith Park
· July 9th: Hairspray at Santa Monica High School Amphitheater
· July 16th: North by Northwest at Autry Museum in Griffith Park
· July 23rd: 500 Days of Summer at Centennial Square at Pasadena City Hall
· July 30th: Trainspotting at Autry National Center
· August 6th: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory at Centennial Square at Pasadena City Hall
· August 13th: Big at Autry Museum in Griffith Park
· August 20th: The Goonies at La Cienega Park in Beverly Hills
· August 27th: Spaceballs at Santa Monica High School Amphitheater
· September 3rd: The Hateful Eight at Autry Museum in Griffith Park
· September 10th: Pretty in Pink at Santa Monica High School Amphitheater
· September 17th: Purple Rain at Santa Monica High School Amphitheater

Rooftop Cinema Club

A Guide to LA's Coolest Outdoor Movie Screenings This Summer Photo: Rooftop Cinema Club

With a scenic view of the city from the rooftop of the historic Montalban Theater, this popular summer series frequently sells out. Besides the lineup of dynamic films, the events also provides cozy lounge chairs (no need to bring your own seating!) and offers tasty eats courtesy of Farmer's Belly. 1615 Vine St, Los Angeles 90028. Rooftop opens at 6pm, screenings start at 8:00pm (through June) and 8:15pm (through July). Tickets are $19 and you can purchase here.

· June 17th: Straight Outta Compton
· June 18th: Top Gun
· June 21st: 500 Days of Summer
· June 22nd: Pan's Labyrinth
· June 23rd: Dirty Dancing · June 24th: Interstellar
· June 25th: Raiders of the Lost Ark
· June 28th: The Notebook
· June 29th: Harold and Maude
· June 30th: Less Than Zero · July 1st: Straight Outta Compton
· July 2nd: Rear Window
· July 5th: Dirty Dancing
· July 6th: Deadpool
· July 7th: Room · July 8th: Blade Runner
· July 9th: Top Gun
· July 12th: The Notebook
· July 13th: Sunset Boulevard
· July 14th: Cinema Paradiso · July 15th: Pulp Fiction
· July 16th: The Revenant
· July 19th: Some Like It hot
· July 20th: The Grand Budapest Hotel
· July 21: Star Wars: The Force Awakens · July 22nd: High Rise
· July 23rd: Dazed and Confused
· July 26th: Romy and Michele's High School Reunion
· July 27th: The Craft · July 28th: V for Vendetta
· July 29th: Raiders of the Lost Ark
· July 30th: The Godfather

Summertime Cinema at Westfield Fashion Square

A Guide to LA's Coolest Outdoor Movie Screenings This Summer

The Sherman Oaks shopping center returns with another season of complimentary and crowd pleasing flicks every Friday through the third week of July. In addition enjoying a viewing, guests can enter to win giveaways and prizes and take advantage of themed tie-ins. 14006 Riverside Dr, Sherman Oaks 91423. Seating at 6pm, screenings start at 8:00pm. Admission is free.

· July 1st: Minons
· July 8th: Clueless
· July 15th: Zootopia
· July 22nd: Grease

Summertime Cinema at Westfield Culver City

A Guide to LA's Coolest Outdoor Movie Screenings This Summer Photo: Westfield Culver City

Culver City's Westfield shopping center has another season of summer-perfect flicks in store. Fun-for-the-whole-family flicks will be screened Fridays from July 15th through August 12th. In addition to the movie, guests will enjoy themed treats, music, and more. 6000 Sepulveda Boulevard, Culver City 90230. Seating at 6pm, screenings start at 8:00pm. Admission is free.

· July 15th: Enchanted
· July 22nd: Inside Out
· July 29th: Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
· August 5th: Star Wars: The Force Awakens · August 12th: Lilo & Stitch