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

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

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. Cruise Into A Multisensory Wonderland At The Electric Mile Drive-Thru Experience

Credit: Electric Mile

The creators of Electric Daisy Carnival–the largest electronic dance music festival in North America–have brought an electrifying drive-thru event to Santa Anita Park in Arcadia until January 31, with their signature high-octane festival energy! Expect a kaleidoscopic experience that will have the whole family completely mesmerized. The opening week sold out fast, so don’t wait to book your tickets here.

2.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!

3. Head Out For A Cinematic Feast At The Street Food Cinema Drive-In

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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. Tickets sell fast, so you’ll want to plan ahead.

Location: 3233 Donald Douglas Loop S, Santa Monica, CA 90405, 90405

4. 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!

5. Catch Pop-Culture Hits At The Frida Cinema Drive-In

The non-profit is bringing an excellent mix of arthouse and cult classics to a venue in Tustin and Anaheim these next couple of months, and the schedule includes:

“Moulin Rouge!” –  Tuesday, February 23

Black Panther – Friday, February 26

“The Shining” – Saturday, February 27

“Minari” – Friday, March 5; Saturday, March 6

“Twilight” – Saturday, March 13

6. Watch Two New Hollywood Feature Films At This Drive-In At A Historic Santa Monica Location

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WE Drive-Ins​ will be taking over the iconic Santa Monica Sears parking lot to screen Hollywood’s latest movie releases, starting February 11. Cinephiles will experience the simmering anticipation of films fresh off the Sundance circuit within a setting steeped in history. Be a part of this exciting new era of outdoor cinema and book tickets to this unique cinematic affair.

7. Electric Dusk Drive-In Returns For Its 9th Season

Ride into the sweet nostalgia of yesteryear with Drive-In movies in the heart of Glendale. Electric Dusk Drive-In has partnered up with Secret Movie Club to bring Angelenos their ninth season of unforgettable al fresco drive-in experiences. You know you’re in for an enchanting ride when the longest-running pop-up drive-in cinema marries their nostalgic flair with a whole new slate of fan-favorite movies.

Location: Glendale Sears Parking Lot, 211 W. California Avenue Street, Glendale, CA 91203

Find out more here.

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

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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. Drive Into Pure Happiness At This Secret Location, Filled With Real Unicorns And Magic 

Credit: The Unicorn Experience™

Go on a journey through the magical Unicorntopia, where real, live unicorns await you in a world full of magic and wonder! Experience surprises around every corner and receives a small, unicorn-worthy gift. All from the safety of your own car! Book your ticket to the Unicorntopia’s Unicorn Experience™: Drive Into Happiness! here.

Location: Revealed upon purchase.

10. 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

11. Catch A Mix Of Fan-Favorite 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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