The Best Drive-In Experiences In L.A. This Summer

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The Best Drive-In Experiences In L.A. This Summer

These are the hottest drive-in events rolling into the city this summer.

Roll into reimagined open spaces across L.A., where screens and stages will light up as the sun sets in the background. The pandemic has canceled summer for the most part, but it’s also given way to a revival of a bygone era of entertainment: the drive-in theater. There are multiple pop-up cinemas, live performances and immersive experiences happening all from the safety of your car.

Here’s what you have to look forward to (for now).

1. The Tribeca Film Festival Drive-In Theater Edition At The Rose Bowl 

Credit: Rose Bowl Stadium

New York’s prestigious Tribeca film festival is coming to Los Angeles in the form of a series of drive-in classic movie screenings and comedy acts in what’s set to be a much-needed nostalgic ritual for all ages (old enough to drive). All the events will take place at the Pasadena Rose Bowl parking lot for the entire month of July. There’s still time to catch films before it’s over.

2. RuPaul’s Fabulous Stars Taking Over The Stage At The Rose

It’s the summer of drive-ins and rooftops and we’re oh so glad it is! ‘Drive ‘N Drag’, the latest and fiercest show to join the line-up of summer drive-ins, will be rolling into the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena this August. Just 20 minutes from DTLA, the show will feature performances by RuPaul’s Drag Race alum and drag royalty Gigi Goode, Kameron Michaels, Jaida Essence Hall, Naomi Smalls, Vanessa Vanjie, Violet Chachki and more.

3. The Street Food Cinema Drive-In Series

street food cinema
Credit: Street Food Cinema

Street Food Cinema’s usual alfresco summer screenings with food truck fare is taking on a drive-in format this year. This means you can still gather your quarantine clique and enjoy a night under the stars with the delicious offerings from local food trucks.

4. The Classic Drive-in Theaters That Are Open In L.A.

Roll into an open car park and tune in for the evening show as a pink Californian sunset glows in the background. During this phase of “social distancing,” drive-in theatres around the US are seeing a rise in popularity, according to the Times. Audiences are finding the unexpected joy of simpler times as they seek ways to enjoy the outdoors.

5. The Fab Four Ultimate Beatles Drive-In Tribute Concert 

Go on a journey through the incredible eras of the Beatles with The Fab Four: Ultimate Tribute live drive-in concert! Known as one of the best tribute bands around, the Emmy Award-winning group will take the stage at The OC Fair & Event Center, to bring you the true spirit of the English rock band that changed music forever.

Featured Image: Rose Bowl Stadium

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