It’s officially summer in the city, which means it’s time to mark your calendar with all of the best outdoor movie screenings in Los Angeles. From rooftops to lake boats to cemeteries to the majestic Hollywood Bowl — this city has the greatest outdoor venues for reveling in the magic of cinema. Pack your favorite snacks, grab your coziest blankets and round up the crew for a perfect movie night at these open-air screenings.
Street Food Cinema is back for its 11th year of bringing Hollywood classics to idyllic outdoor locations throughout the city including Will Rogers State Historic Park, Westdrift Manhattan Beach and LA State Historic Park. You’re free to picnic with your own snacks, but per its name, you can expect delicious eats from some of the city’s best food trucks at every event including Angelenos’ Wood Fired Pizza, Daddy Ji, Flamin Hot Chicken, District Burger and Coco’s Lipsmacking Cupcakes among others. To spice things up even more, you can enjoy live music performances before the sun sets and the screening begins. Snag your tickets below!
🍿 July 22: Purple Rain at Exposition Park | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 July 22: The Karate Kid at LA State Historic Park | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 July 29: Aladdin at Santa Anita Park | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 July 29: John Wick at The Autry Museum | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 5: School of Rock at The Autry Museum | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 5: The Princess Bride at Westdrift Golf Course | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 12: Bring It On at West LA College | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 12: Who Framed Roger Rabbit at The Autry Museum | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 19: The Parent Trap at The Autry Museum | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 19: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark at La Cienega Park | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 26: Almost Famous at The Autry Museum | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 26: Dirty Dancing at Will Rogers State Historic Park | 8:30 p.m.
2. Rooftop Cinema Club
Catch your favorite film with a side of stunning skyline views at Rooftop Cinema Club. Perfect for date night or a night out with the fam, you can find these outdoor screenings hosted in DTLA, the Arts District and El Segundo. Contrary to other screenings where the sound can be difficult to hear, Rooftop Cinema Club uses state-of-the-art wireless headphones so you can sit back and relax without missing half the dialogue due to deafening choppers overhead. Each venue is complete with a full bar and food, so you can take the dinner and a movie experience to soaring new heights.
Founded in 2002, Cinespia brings movie magic to life in some of the most iconic venues across the city, most notably The Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Consider this one of the more traditional, DIY outdoor movie screenings. There’s no seating provided, so come equipped with your best picnic blankets, pillows and low chairs (high chairs aren’t permitted). There is some food sold on site, but the best move is to pack your own picnic (or go all out and bring a mini BBQ). Get your tickets below.
🍿 July 21: The Fifth Element at Los Angeles State Historic Park | 9:00 p.m.
🍿 July 22: Gremlins at Hollywood Forever Cemetery | 9:00 p.m.
🍿 July 29: Valley Girl at Hollywood Forever Cemetery | 9:00 p.m.
4. Melrose Rooftop Theatre
Similar to Rooftop Cinema Club, the Melrose Rooftop Theatre located on the roof of E.P. & L.P. provides personal headphones, along with extra comfy beanbag chairs. If you’re looking for dinner and a show, they offer a special package that includes dinner at E.P. & L.P. downstairs before heading to the rooftop for the screening. They also offer date night packages that include snacks and a bottle of bubbly to be enjoyed while watching the film. Check out the screening dates below.
🍿 July 20: Cocaine Bear | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 July 21: Back to the Future | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 July 22: Die hard | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 July 23: Inception | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 July 24: Crazy Rich Asians | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 July 25: The Mummy | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 July 26: Wedding Crasher | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 July 27: Pretty Woman | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 July 28: Mean Girls | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 July 29: What a Girl Wants | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 July 30: Joker | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 July 30: The Great Gatsby | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 1: The Devil Wears Prada | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 2: The Fifth Element | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 3: Bridesmaids | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 4: Pulp Fiction | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 5: Risky Business | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 6: A Star is Born | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 7: Rocky | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 8: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 9: Dirty Dancing | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 10: Charlie’s Angels | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 11: American Pie | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 12: Jerry Maguire | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 13: Indiana Jones & The Raiders of the Lost Ark | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 14: The Super Mario Bros. Movie | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 15: How To Lose a Guy In 10 Days | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 16: Shrek | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 17: White Chicks | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 18: Clueless | 8:30 p.m.
5. Tropicana Movie Nights
Sip on pool-side cocktails while enjoying cult classics at the iconic Hollywood Roosevelt hotel. These “Dive-in” movie nights are held every Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. starting June 6. and ending August 15. Food and drinks are available for purchase at the bar and rumor has it guests who dress up in the theme of the movie and post on Instagram get a free cocktail.
🍿 July 25: The Italian Job | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 1: The Big Lebowski | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 8: The Usual Suspects | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 15: Pulp Fiction | 8:30 p.m.
Get lost in your favorite Hollywood films in the heart of Hollywood itself. The Montalban Summer Movie Series is another rooftop venue that provides personal headphones and seating for an extra comfy movie night. A full bar and concessions are available on-site, as well as UMAMI Burger. Feel free to bring extra blankets and pillows on chilly summer nights.
🍿 July 21: Lost In Translation | 8:15 p.m.
🍿 July 22: The Shining | 8:15 p.m.
🍿 July 27: Cinema Paradiso | 8:15 p.m.
🍿 July 28: Dirty Dancing | 8:15 p.m.
🍿 July 29: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind | 8:15 p.m.
🍿 July 30: Total Thrash: The Teutonic Story | 8:15 p.m.
🍿 August 3: Pan’s Labyrinth | 8:15 p.m.
🍿 August 10: Y Tu Mama También | 8:15 p.m.
🍿 August 12: The Wedding Singer | 8:15 p.m.
🍿 August 17: Amores Perros | 8:15 p.m.
🍿 August 18: Blade Runner | 8:15 p.m.
🍿 August 19: Pretty Woman | 8:15 p.m.
🍿 August 24: Mad Max | 8:15 p.m.
🍿 August 25: The Lost Boys | 8:15 p.m.
🍿 August 26: Her | 8:15 p.m.
🍿 August 26: Parasite | 8:15 p.m.
🍿 September 1: Fargo | 8:15 p.m.
🍿 September 2: The Notebook | 8:15 p.m.
🍿 September 7: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles | 8:15 p.m.
🍿 September 8: Straight Outta Compton | 8:15 p.m.
🍿 September 9: Silver Lining Playbook | 8:15 p.m.
🍿 September 14: City of God | 8:15 p.m.
🍿 September 15: A Nightmare On Elm Street | 8:15 p.m.
🍿 September 16: La La Land | 8:15 p.m.
🍿 September 22: The Ring | 8:15 p.m.
🍿 September 23: Before Sunrise | 8:15 p.m.
🍿 September 30: Crazy, Stupid, Love | 8:15 p.m.
🍿 October 5: Let the Right One In | 8:15 p.m.
7. Watch at Water Garden
Bring the whole family for a night of fun at Water Garden in Santa Monica, a 17-acre campus with eight office buildings centered around a beautiful lake and lush gardens. This summer they’re hosting screenings on the main lawn starting at 8 p.m. depending on the time of the sunset. The movie night is completely free event and open to the public!
🍿 August 17: Super Mario Bros. | 8 p.m.
8. Hollywood Bowl
Experience the absolute magic of the Los Angeles Philharmonic performing some of the greatest movie scores live as you watch the film on a mega screen at the Hollywood Bowl. These immersive screenings make for some of the dreamiest summer nights in the city, with each film coming to life in a way you’ve never seen before. Be sure to snag tickets early as these popular nights are quick to sell out.
🍿 August 3: 2001: A Space Odyssey | 8:00 p.m.
🍿 September 1: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi | 8:00 p.m.
🍿 September 2: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi | 8:00 p.m.
9. Moonlight Movies on the Beach
Breathe in the balmy ocean breeze at Moonlight Movies on the Beach, a free series that takes place at Granada Beach and Long Beach City College from June to August. These family-friendly screenings are completely DIY — bring all your best beach gear and stake your territory early to be sure to get a good spot.
🍿 July 25: Lilo & Stitch at Granada Beach| 8:00 p.m.
🍿 August 1: Top Gun: Maverick at Granada Beach| 8:00 p.m.
🍿 August 8: Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone at Granada Beach| 8:00 p.m.
🍿 August 15: Back to the Future at Granada Beach| 8:00 p.m.
🍿 August 24: Puss In Boots: The Last Wish at Long Beach City College, PCC Campus | 8:00 p.m.
10. City of Inglewood Movies in the Park
Although the films have yet to be released for the City of Inglewood’s annual Movies in the Park series, be sure to keep your eyes out for the forthcoming announcement. Held at three different parks in the neighborhood, these screenings are completely free and always family-friendly.
🍿 July 15: Film TBA at Inglewood City Hall – South Mall | 6:00 p.m.
🍿 August 12: Film TBA at the lawn at North Park | 6:00 p.m.
You’ve heard of drive-ins and dive-ins, but now Castaic Lake is bringing “float-ins” to add to your summer plans. Just about an hour out from Los Angeles, The Boat Cinema screens cult classics on the shore while visitors can rent mini boats to experience the film from the water. Come early for Captain’s Cocktail Hour starting at 5 p.m. before the screening begins shortly after sundown. You can bring your own food and drinks (with a $30 corking fee) or hail down the snack boat that’ll deliver movie snacks, artisanal pizzas and charcuterie boards right to you. Book your nautical night at the movies here.
🍿 July 21: The Dark Knight: 15-Year Anniversary
🍿 July 22: Bring It On
🍿 July 23: Lady and The Tramp
🍿 July 28: Selena
🍿 July 29: Cinderella
🍿 July 30: Megan
🍿 August 4: Sharknado
🍿 August 5: Bohemian Rhapsody
🍿 August 6: 10 Things I Hate About You
🍿 August 11: Top Gun Maverick
🍿 August 12: Jason vs. Freddy: 20-Year Anniversary
🍿 August 13: The Little Mermaid (1989)
🍿 August 18: Hustlers
🍿 August 19: Magic Mike
🍿 August 20: Burlesque
🍿 August 25: The Super Mario Bros. Movie
🍿 August 26: Avatar
🍿 August 27: Mean Girls
🍿 September 2: Scream
🍿 September 9: Jaws
Cinemalibu is an outdoor movie series that takes place at Malibu Bluffs Park on the third Saturday of June, July and August. Pre-movie activities (including giveaways, D’Amore’s Pizza Truck and Apollo’s Expresso and Shave Ice) begin about one hour before sunset and the screenings begin at sunset. Seating isn’t provided, so be sure to pack up your chairs, blankets, pillows and snacks to make the evening extra comfy.
🍿 August 19: The Karate Kid | 6:30 p.m.
13. Dive-In Movies at The Garland
Escape the chaos of the city at The Garland, a warm and retro hotel situated in North Hollywood that hosts movie nights by the pool every Wednesday through Saturday. While they haven’t announced their film line-up just yet, this quiet and cozy venue is the perfect place to sit back, relax and revel in a good Hollywood classic.
🍿 Every Wednesday-Sunday at sunset, find more info here
14. Outdoor Movie Night at Jamaica Bay Inn
Wrap up the weekend with a beachside movie night at Marina del Rey’s Jamaica Bay Inn. Hosted every Sunday night at 7:00 p.m. on the beachfront lawn, this boutique hotel screens classics from the ’90s and early 2000s completely free of charge. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, and enjoy drinks specials and food available for purchase from the hotel.
🍿 July 23: Puss in Boots: The Last Wish | 7:00 p.m.
🍿 July 30: Legally Blonde | 7:00 p.m.
15. Movies Under the Stars (One Colorado)
Last but not least, One Colorado in Old Pasadena is hosting a free outdoor movie series this summer with three ’90s classics. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to come a bit early to snag a comfortable seat. There’s also premier seating available for guests that show a receipt for a minimum purchase of $50 (per person) from any One Colorado restaurant or shop. Book dinner reservations ahead of time (Sushi Roku is a great pick) before heading to the screening. Perfect summer nights await.
🍿 July 22: Hook | 8:30 p.m.
16. Movies On The Roof at Westfield Fashion Square
The cinema series Movies On The Roof is back at Westfield Fashion Square in collaboration with My Valley Pass! This alfresco movie screening experience includes comfortable seating on plush bean bag chairs or deep-seated Adirondack chairs, state-of-the-art projection and sound and valley views on the rooftop of Westfield Fashion Square parking deck. Your ticket also includes complimentary water and popcorn. Tickets are $10, with 100% of the proceeds benefitting the Hope The Mission organization whose mission is to prevent, reduce and eliminate poverty, hunger and homelessness.
🍿 July 21: Despicable Me | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 July 22: DC League of Super Pets | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 July 28: The Sandlot | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 July 29: A League of Their Own | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 4: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 5: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 11: My Big Fat Greek Wedding | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 12: Mamma Mia! | 8:30 p.m.
17. The Screen at Century Park
For those nearby Century City, Century Park has launched their own summer movie series called The Screen at Century Park hosted right on their lush, green lawn. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, comfy cushions and picnic goodies, although there will be snacks for purchase on-site. Screenings will begin at 7:30 pm depending on sunset. Follow their Instagram for more information.
🍿 August 10: Super Mario Bros | 7 p.m.