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10 Of The Best Drive-In Experiences Happening In L.A. This Month

By Ashlyn Davis January 14, 2021

You’re in for an exciting ride…

Open-air spaces across L.A. have become the center stage for a host of exciting (and safe) entertainment. This month, major venues and arenas will light up as the California sun sets in the background and Angelenos roll into a month filled with events reimagined for the new era of drive-ins and drive-thrus. There are pop-up cinemas in unique L.A. settings, live performances and entire worlds to immerse yourself in. And it can all be enjoyed from the safety of your car.

Here’s what you have to look forward to (so far):

1.Enjoy A Slaying Drive ‘N Drag Ft Ru Paul’s Drag Race Super Queens

Rev your engines for the fiercest show in town. The fiercest of all drive-ins featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni will be rolling into Rose Bowl, Pasadena. The super queens Aquaria, Asia O’Hara, Kameron Michaels, Naomi Smalls, Plastique Tiara and Violet Chatchki will be joining Bianca Del Rio on a mission to save us from the dreaded 2020! Book your tickets to Drive N’ Drag Saves 2021 before they’re all gone!

2. Catch A Classic Movie On A 52-Foot Screen

Rooftop Cinema Club
Credit: Rooftop Cinema Club

The Rooftop Cinema Club has taken over the Santa Monica Airport with an incredible lineup of films. While it was only supposed to be around for the holidays, the movie mavens have chosen to bless Angelenos with another month of magic. Tickets sell out fast and this cinematic experience is not to be missed, so don’t wait! Find out more here.

3. Drive-Into The Upside Down With This ‘Stranger Things’ Experience In L.A.

Shift gears and drive-into another dimension with this official Stranger Things experience taking over Downtown LA. At the highly-anticipated event, fans will travel back to Hawkins and go on a nostalgic adventure with Eleven and the gang. Book your tickets, hop in your car and head to Starcourt Mall. A living, breathing world awaits!

4. Roll In With The Homies And Catch A Cult Classic At Frida Cinema Drive-In

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:

Clueless – January 15

Lupin III: The First (subbed) – January 16

Repo Man – January 19

Basket Case & Brain Damage

Twilight – January 23

Taxi Driver – January 26

Fists of Fury & The Way of the Dragon – Janurary 29

5. Head Out For A Cinematic Feast At The Street Food Cinema Drive-In[February]

Credit: Street Food Cinema

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.

Location: Various

6. Indulge In Food And A Film Drive-In Movie Nights at Pizzeria Da Michele

Credit: 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. 

7. Rooftop Cinema Club

Credit: 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

Find out more here.

8.Take In A Screening In The Heart Of Hollywood At The Legion Post 43 Pop-Up

Credit: Hollywood Legion

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

9. Join Fellow Cinephiles For Curated Films At The 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

Find out more here

10. Catch A Female-Focused Films At Hollywood Roosevelt Drive-In Theatre

Credit: Hollywood Roosevelt

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

Find out more here.

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