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On the list of ?Things You Must Do In LA? you will undoubtedly find ?attend a screening at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery." If you're fortunate enough to have already checked that off your list, then you might be curious about other unique Los Angeles screenings. Check out our guide to some of the hottest outdoor movie screenings in LA going on right now.
Updated: August 20, 2010
Once upon a time, there were these things called drive-in movies. These theaters are now practically extinct, but Devil's Night Drive-In recreates the nostalgic experience. Located on a rooftop in the heart of Downtown LA, the Devil's Night screenings take place bi-monthly in the summer, and monthly during the rest of the year. You're welcome to bring all the food and drinks you want (including alcohol). Although if you prefer a more authentic experience there are car hops on roller skates available to bring you popcorn, hot dogs and other theater snacks. If you don't have a car or don't feel like dealing with one, they also have an Astroturf area for walk-ins/bike-ins. Screenings include "Grease 2," "Rushmore" and "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark."
The W Westwood's ?Show Me the Movies? screenings give film buffs just the kind of chic experience that you?d expect from a popular Hollywood hotel. Sunday nights, May through August, the W turns its Backyard Pool into a cinema for all to enjoy. There's a special show menu that includes retro movie treats and creative cocktails. Blankets are provided, you can dip your feet in the pool, and you can even reserve a cabana for a more VIP viewing experience. Some of the movies that you can expect to see are "Nine," "I Love You, Man" and "Up."
Palihouse joins the outdoor screening circuit this year with a Summer Rooftop Screening Series. Their newly remodeled roof provides an enchanted Moroccan-themed setting for the Sunday evening shows. RSVP is required and the movie starts at 8:30pm. Arrive an hour early to grab a drink and nibble on the light fare such as cheese, fruit and finger sandwiches. Films on their roster include "House of Sand," "A Fish Called Wanda" and "Princess Bride."
Another new addition to the outdoor screening scene in LA, Outdoor Cinema Food Fest sets itself apart from the pack by catering to foodies as well as cinephiles. Taking place Saturdays through the end of August, this fest rotates between Exposition Park, Grand Hope Park and La Cienega Park. No outside food is allowed (drinks are okay) which shouldn't be a problem since there are dozens of trucks on hand to serve you. Trucks vary from week to week but include Frysmith, The Buttermilk Truck, Coolhaus, Nom Nom and the Grilled Cheese Truck. Doors open at 6pm, music begins at 6:30pm and the show starts at 8:30pm. "The Breakfast Club" and "Princess Bride" are among their list of screenings.
If you're looking for a movie night suitable for the whole family, Alfredo's Beach Club in Long Beach has free screenings during the week. This is the 6th year that they are doing their ?Moonlight Movies on the Beach? Tuesdays (Granada Beach) on Wednesdays (Cherry Beach), and Thursdays (Alamitos Beach). Screenings move between the three locations and all start around 8pm. These are family-friendly screenings so it's important to remember that no alcohol is permitted. Movies include "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "Jaws."
Unwind from a busy week and head to this Sunset Strip spot for the free Friday Night Summer Movie Series. Held in August, the London West Hollywood will open their third-level Hampton Court for moviegoers to enjoy a night under the stars. Bring a blanket, order up some food and drinks from Gordon Ramsay's restaurant and celebrate the end of summer in style. Friday, August 20 features "(500) Days of Summer" with seating starting at 7pm and movie at 8pm.