Keep the good times rolling.
Reopenings have rolled back and we’re more or less operating under the same Safer-At-Home order as we were back in spring. The current surge has meant we’re left with very few options when it comes to keeping ourselves entertained. Luckily, drive-ins are allowed to remain open and there’s a ton of pop-ups that have pivoted from the usual al fresco affairs on picnic blankets to a safer (and cozier) drive-in model.
Here are some of the best ones happening in L.A. this month:
1. Drive-In Movie Nights at Pizzeria Da Michele
From Thursday to Sunday, starting at sundown and ending at 9 p.m., you can enjoy delicious pizzas and a film at Pizzeria Da Michele. The films are completely free and they’ve introduced a car-hop service so you can order food and have it brought to your car.
Location: 1534 N McCadden Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Call 323-366-2408 to reserve a spot.
2. Rooftop Cinema Club
The roaming pop-up landed on the Santa Monica Airport runway with a 52-foot screen for the holidays and due to popular demand, they’ve decided to stick around for another month.
Location: 3233 Donald Douglas Loop S, Santa Monica, CA 90405
3. Hollywood Legion Post 43
Meet the first-ever drive-in located in the heart of Hollywood! The historic Legion Theater has taken its screenings outdoors with a 4K projection system and a Hollywood hills’ backdrop. You can catch Christopher Nolan’s new film, Tenet, for $65 per car, including candy, popcorn and soda.
Location: 2035 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90068
4. Street Food Cinema [February]
Buckle up and prepare for a cinematic feast. Street Food Cinema is known for matching up the movie, food, and settings to the season. Whether it’s a classic horror film at the Million Dollar Theater replete ghouls and spooky treats or the Yuletide Cinemaland outside the heritage museum, you’re always in for a charming (and delicious) surprise. This year, they’ve adapted to a drive-in model and the food provisions follow the ever-changing health & safety restrictions. While there’s currently no lineup for January, a month of romance is scheduled and on sale for February. Tickets sell fast so you’ll want to plan ahead.
5. L.A. Arts Society Drive-In Cinema
Cinephiles, take note: The usual screenings of curated films have moved outdoors to Gardena Cinema theater’s open-air lot. It’s a lowkey affair showing excellent films with talent occasionally dropping in for talks. It’s also a steal at $25 per ticket, which includes everyone in the vehicle.
Location: Gardena Cinema, 14948 Crenshaw Boulevard, Gardena, CA 90249
6. Hollywood Roosevelt Drive-In Theatre
This glamorous Hollywood landmark is bringing a small selection of feel-good movies to their parking lot this month. January will have a lineup of films with sensational female roles and delicious concessions available from an Airstream trailer.
Location: 7000 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028
7. The Frida Cinema
The non-profit is bringing an excellent mix of arthouse and cult classics to a venue in Tustin and Anaheim this month. The schedule includes Taxi Driver, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Clueless.
See more: The Best Drive-In Theatres Open In L.A. Right Now
Featured Image: Hollywood Legion Post 43