My Journey by Donna Karan

What are some of the best spots in Los Angeles to watch a film this summer? Well, outdoors of course. While LA’s usually stellar weather – when we are through with our rainy season of course – makes year ‘round outdoor screenings fun, summer is the time to hit the beach, the rooftop, the park, the drive-in, and the cemetery for a terrific filmgoing experience in the great outdoors.

Vineland Drive-In

For a true, traditional drive-in experience, there’s the Vineland in City of Industry. First run films, inexpensive general admission, and more than 1500 spaces for your vehicle makes this the perfect SoCal in-car filmgoing evening. FM radio provides the nice crisp audio, and a snack bar offers up all the junk food of yore so there’s no need to bring your own popcorn.

Vineland Drive-In
443 N. Vineland Ave., City of Industry
www.vinelanddriveintheater.com

Rooftop Cinema Club

Where can you go to watch a film with the skyline of Hollywood glittering around you? Up on the roof at the Rooftop Cinema Club perched atop The Montalban Theater. Enjoy both retro and fairly current releases, a gourmet burger, chocolate and other snacks, cocktails and beer – all from the comfort of a luxurious striped Brighton Beach deck chair. This astro-turfed rooftop is really the ultimate in plush outdoor movie going. Not only is the seating comfortable and the food great, cutting edge technology in the form of wireless headphones offers absolutely stellar audio – without having to hear the folks munching and chatting around you.

Rooftop Cinema Club
1615 Vine St., Los Angeles
http://rooftopcinemaclub.com

Cinespia

Cinespia might be the quintessential outdoor film series in Los Angeles. Heading into its 16th season, this venerable, edgy, well curated venue is located in a cemetery. And not just any cemetery, but the iconic Hollywood Forever. Attendees bring picnics and beverages – alcohol allowed; and get a pre- and post-screening D.J. spinning great tunes. Perhaps best of all are the ornate photo booths the venue offers, each themed to specific screenings. Ringed by palm trees and what could be the whisper of illustrious filmmaker ghosts – or just the traffic on nearby Santa Monica Blvd. or Melrose Ave. – this is as beautiful and special an outdoor venue as they come.

Cinespia
6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles
http://cinespia.org/

Eat/See/Hear

Eat/See/Hear visits a variety of locations all around Los Angeles from the Rose Bowl to the Santa Monica High School amphitheater. Sponsored by Showtime, this series hosts screenings of recent films and the occasional classic. Food trucks and live music pre-show add to the festive nature of these screenings, which are also pet friendly. The rotating locations are listed on their website.

Eat See Hear
http://www.eatseehear.com/

Street Food Cinema

Another roving venue is Street Food Cinema. It too includes hot area food trucks and a live band performing pre-screening. Street Food Cinema also offers several overnight campouts at King Gilette Ranch in Malibu, replete with games, dancing lessons, or other film-appropriate activities. The group’s eleven area locations include Griffith Park, Los Angeles Historic Park in DTLA, Exposition Park, and others. The line-up focuses on recent films, but some classics are also in the mix.

Street Food Cinema
http://www.streetfoodcinema.com/

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