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The Ultimate Guide to Summer 2018 Outdoor Movies in Los Angeles

By / May 2, 2018

Pack a picnic, bring along Fido, and text your friends—outdoor movie season in Los Angeles has returned, and the lineups for 2018 are looking better than ever before. From Casablanca to Get Out, Woodland Hills to Santa Monica, and grassy parks to sports stadiums, keep reading for the full lowdown on where screens are going up this summer.

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When: Saturdays, May 5 to September 15
Where: Autry Museum; Centennial Square; La Cienega Park; Los Angeles State Historic Park; North Hollywood Recreation Center; Rose Bowl Stadium; Santa Monica High School Amphitheater; Santa Monica Pier
Why: Voted Best Outdoor Movie Event by Los Angeles Magazine, outdoor movie series Eat|See|Hear, presented by Showtime, returns for another season of film favorites. Each event offers a curated mix of local food trucks and live music for both humans and their pups—four-legged guests are welcome, with a free biscuit given out at the door.

Highlights: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (May 19); Lady Bird (June 30); Rear Window (July 7); The Sandlot 25th Anniversary (August 18)
$14 | Tickets

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When: Saturdays, May 12 to June 30
Where: Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Why: Cinespia took what could have been a crazy idea—holding an outdoor movie series at a cemetery—and made it one of the coolest events in LA. An annual favorite, Cinespia’s summer series is both the first and longest-running outdoor movie event in the city—with events that feel more like outdoor parties than buttoned-up film screenings, it’s the perfect place for a date, a group of friends, or tourists looking for an off-the-beaten-path experience. But be warned: Because of this environment, these shows often sell out. Don’t wait on purchasing tickets (and parking passes).

Highlights: The Neverending Story (May 12); Casablanca (May 27); Spirited Away (June 2)
$16 | Tickets

Melrose Rooftop Cinema

When: Sundays through Thursdays, May 1 to November 15
Where: E.P. & L.P.
Why: After a sold-out first season, this rooftop movie series returns to West Hollywood with views of the Hollywood Hills, specialty cocktails on the patio bar, and all-new custom VIP seating for up to 100 guests. Tickets include reserved seating and wireless, noise-canceling headsets for the screening, while the dinner-and-a-movie package—offered for the first time this year—includes a three-course modern Asian dinner by Executive Chef Louis Tikaram before the show. Also new for 2018 is a custom concession stand, a cinema cocktail program, and extra-Instagrammable décor.

Highlights: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (May 6); Superbad (June 6); Black Panther (June 27)
$27.50-$65.00 | Tickets

Movies on the Green

When: Saturdays, July 21 to August 18
Where: Warner Center Park
Why: The Valley’s premiere outdoor movie series returns this July for a full season of free movies at Lou Bredlow Pavilion in Woodland Hills’ Warner Center Park. The family-friendly screenings are held on the open lawn, and attendees should be prepared with blankets and/or low chairs; take full advantage of this Saturday-night activity by packing a picnic, or indulging in the onsite concessions stand.

Highlights: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (July 28); Coco (August 11)
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Outdoor Movies at the Skirball

When: Fridays, June 15, 29; July 13
Where: Skirball Cultural Center
Why: Experience the Skirball like never before with outdoor screenings of three beloved films featured in the cultural center’s summer exhibitions, Leonard Bernstein at 100 and The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited. Movies are open to the whole family and shown under the stars alongside cocktails, wine, beer, and light fare available for purchase.

Highlights: West Side Story (June 15); The Muppet Movie (June 29); Labyrinth (July 13)
$12 | Tickets

Rooftop Cinema Club

When: Most nights through May
Where: The Montalban and LEVEL
Why: Also held in New York City and London, Rooftop Cinema Club has quickly earned its place as one of the top outdoor movie series in the nation—including in LA, where the series was so successful, it had to add a Downtown LA location to the original Hollywood venue this year. Attendees take in screenings from beach-style lounge chairs and through wireless headsets, eliminating some of the discomforts of the traditional outdoor movie experience.

Highlights: No Country for Old Men (May 17); The Dark Knight (May 26)
$17-$28 | Tickets

Silver Lake Picture Show

When: Every other Thursday, June 21 to September 13
Where: Sunset Triangle Plaza
Why: This summer, Silver Lake’s longest-running—and most-beloved—outdoor movie series returns with a lineup of seven free screenings, held through mid September. Get there early with a picnic and chairs in tow to snag a prime spot of real estate in the Sunset Triangle Plaza.

Highlights: Dirty Dancing (June 21); Mrs. Doubtfire (July 19); Sister Act (August 16)
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Street Food Cinema

When: Saturdays through October 27
Where: Brand Library Park; Crystal Springs Park; Eagle Rock Recreation Center; Exposition Park; Glendale Central Park; Griffith Park; King Gillette Ranch; La Arboretum; Los Angeles State Historic Park; Marriott Golf Course Manhattan Beach; Pan Pacific Park; Park Center; Poinsettia Recreation Center; Verdugo Park; Veterans Memorial Park; Victory Park; Will Rogers State Historic Park
Why: Known for grassy, picnic-style vibes, Street Food Cinema also draws in local food trucks and live music to help create a 360-degree experience that goes far beyond the standard outdoor movie night. Street Food Cinema’s stacked lineup sets itself apart by offering multiple screenings on the same night at different venues, letting fans choose the film and location that works best for them.

Highlights: The Land Before Time (May 19); The Greatest Showman (June 16); Bring It On (June 23); Mean Girls (September 22); It (October 6)
$14-$19 | Tickets

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Nile Cappello is obsessed with: words, cotton candy, Southern California and eating her way across the world. She’s an online and offline over-sharer, screenwriter, only child and total klutz. She’s an expert in LA coffee shops, iced tea varieties and uncovering compelling and unique true stories.

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