The Guide to Outdoor Movies in Los Angeles

Watch classic movies, modern hits, and cult favorites under the stars

"Purple Rain" at Cinespia
"Purple Rain" at Hollywood Forever Cemetery | Photo: Kelly Lee Barrett/Cinespia

For movie fans, the summer outdoor movie season in Los Angeles is the best of all worlds: classic films and modern hits are shown on a big screen under the stars, along with plenty of great food and drinks. Gather your friends and enjoy an endless summer of entertainment with our guide to the best outdoor movies in L.A.

Cinespia at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Cinespia at Hollywood Forever Cemetery | Photo: Cinespia, Facebook

Cinespia - Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Celebrating its 20th anniversary season in 2021, Cinespia hosts classic films and modern favorites at historic locations across L.A. Its most popular series runs weekly at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The outdoor screenings take place on the Fairbanks Lawn, named for the adjacent crypt housing both Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. and Jr. Guests picnic under the stars and watch films digitally projected against the wall of the Cathedral Mausoleum, which houses the crypt of Rudolph Valentino among many others. Upcoming movies include The School of Rock, Coming to America, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Labyrinth, Blade, and The Shining. Cinespia is also hosting screenings at The Greek Theatre.

Drive-In at the Park at Castaic Lake
Photo: Drive-In at the Park

Drive-In at the Park

Tailgating is encouraged at Drive-In at the Park, which is screening movies at Kenneth Hahn Disc Golf Course in Culver City, and Castaic Lake Park in Santa Clarita. Showtimes at 8:15pm and 10:30pm. Bring your own picnic, or order food and drinks from local food trucks. Pricing is $33 per vehicle.

Upcoming Culver City screenings include: The Goonies (July 10), Legally Blonde (July 10), Raya & The Last Dragon (July 16), Best in Show (July 24), and The Lion King (July 31).

Castaic Lake is offering "Beach Edition" movies by the water: Raya & The Last Dragon (July 16), Raiders of the Lost Ark (July 17), Get Out (July 18), Fast & Furious 7 (July 23), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (July 24), Finding Nemo (July 25), and Godzilla vs. Kong (July 30 & 31).

John Williams and the LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl
John Williams and the LA Phil | Photo: Hollywood Bowl, Facebook

Hollywood Bowl

Movie nights are some of the most popular events at the world-famous Hollywood Bowl. Continuing a beloved Bowl tradition, John Williams: Maestro of the Movies (Sept. 3-5) features the legendary composer conducting many of his greatest moments of cinematic music magic. A selection of clips will be featured on the big screen.

It would be inconceivable to miss the Bowl's movie screenings, featuring live accompaniment by the L.A. Phil and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra: The Princess Bride (July 31), Sound of Music Sing-A-Long (Aug. 21), Black Panther featuring Baaba Maal (Sept. 10-12), and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Sept. 17).

Marina Drive-In Movies in Marina del Rey
Marina Drive-In Movies | Photo: Visit Marina del Rey

Marina Drive-In Movies

Now through September 5, the L.A. County Department of Beaches & Harbors presents Marina Drive-In Movies at the Public Boat Launch in Marina del Rey (13477 Fiji Way). Pricing is $20 per vehicle, per movie. Films screen at 5pm and 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays, so you can dine at a local restaurant, order from an on-site food truck, or bring your own food and drink.

Upcoming screenings include: Trolls and The Goonies (July 9), The Wizard of Oz and Ferris Bueller's Day Off (July 10), Raya and the Last Dragon and Jurassic Park (July 16), Trolls World Tour and Rocketman (July 17), Honey I Shrunk the Kids and Jumanji (July 23), Get Out and Us (July 24), Moana and Grease (July 30), Coco and La La Land (July 31), Toy Story and 42 (Aug. 6), Finding Nemo and Jack Reacher (Aug. 7), Inside Out and Crazy Rich Asians (Aug. 13), Mean Girls and Clueless (Aug. 14), Finding Dory and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (Aug. 20), Pretty in Pink and Dirty Dancing (Aug. 21), The Lion King and Mildred Pierce (Aug. 27), Stand By Me and Breakfast Club (Aug. 28), Zoolander and Zoolander 2 (Sept. 3), Sonic the Hedgehog and Godzilla vs. Kong (Sept. 4), A Quiet Place and A Quiet Place II (Sept. 5).

Bean bags at Melrose Rooftop Theatre
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Melrose Rooftop Theatre - E.P. & L.P.

Located on the rooftop adjacent to the patio at E.P. & L.P., the Melrose Rooftop Theatre (MRT) offers an unforgettable outdoor cinema experience with the Hollywood Hills as the stunning backdrop. The MRT experience features a state-of-the-art Da Lite 16’ x 19’ screen, wireless headphones, classic concessions, and bean bag seats.

The 2021 season includes: Love Actually (July 12), Ghost (July 19), Crazy Rich Asians (July 20), Boyz N the Hood (July 21), Joker (July 22), A Star Is Born (July 25), Ferris Bueller's Day Off (July 26), Superbad (July 28), The Lost Boys (July 29), Knives Out (July 31), Drive (Aug. 1), Bohemian Rhapsody (Aug. 2), Anchorman (Aug. 3), Selena (Aug. 4), Pretty In Pink (Aug. 5), Casino Royale (Aug. 6), Grand Budapest Hotel (Aug. 7), The Devil Wears Prada (Aug. 9), The Greatest Showman (Aug. 10), Horrible Bosses (Aug. 11), Psycho (Aug. 12), Tenet (Aug. 13), Fight Club (Aug. 14), Mamma Mia (Aug. 15), Pretty Woman (Aug. 16), Straight Outta Compton (Aug. 17), 50 First Dates (Aug. 18), The Usual Suspects (Aug. 19), Crocodile Dundee (Aug. 20), Gladiator (Aug. 21), Almost Famous (Aug. 22), La La Land (Aug. 23), Get Out (Aug. 24), Coco (Aug. 25), Black Swan (Aug. 26), Ex Machina (Aug. 27), Moulin Rouge (Aug. 28), The Wedding Singer (Aug. 29), and The Notebook (Aug. 30).

Priced at $49 per person, the "Dinner and a Movie" pre-theatre menu includes a three-course meal at E.P. and reserved seating for the movie. Doors at 7:30pm, screenings begin at sunset (8pm to 8:30pm).

Poolside Cinema at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
Poolside Cinema | Photo: Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

Poolside Cinema - Fairmont Miramar

The Fairmont Miramar presents Poolside Cinema, taking place at sunset on Saturdays and occasional Thursdays. Dinner & a Movie reservations are available through FIG Restaurant for guests and locals alike. Book a lounge chair with dinner by FIG - $25 minimum food & beverage spend required per reservation, popcorn is complimentary.

Upcoming screenings include: A League of Their Own (July 10), Hook (July 17), Cool Runnings (Thu. July 22), Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Thu. July 29), Happy Feet (Aug. 7), Toy Story (Aug. 14), Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (Aug. 21), Aladdin (Aug. 28).

Pool at Mr. C Beverly Hills
Photo: Mr. C Beverly Hills

Poolside Cinema Series - Mr. C Beverly Hills

Back by popular demand, the Poolside Cinema Series at Mr. C Beverly Hills offers a classy night at the movies, Italian-style. Screenings on Wednesdays at 7pm include: Home Alone (July 14), Home Alone 2 (July 21), Footloose (July 28), Knives Out (Aug. 4), True Romance (Aug. 11), Forrest Gump (Aug. 18), Avengers Endgame (Aug. 25).

Reserve your lounger seat by booking a Classic ($65) or Signature ($75) prix fixe menu.

"La La Land" at Rooftop Cinema Club in DTLA
"La La Land" at Rooftop Cinema Club in DTLA | Photo: @rooftopcinemaclub, Instagram

Rooftop Cinema Club

Rooftop Cinema Club offers a premier outdoor movie experience at three locations: LEVEL in Downtown LA, El Segundo, and The Drive-In at Santa Monica Airport. DTLA and El Segundo offer a full bar, food menu, and movie snacks; The Drive-In features food trucks and snacks.

Upcoming screenings in DTLA include: Friday (July 9), Love & Basketball (July 10), Anchorman (July 10), Pulp Fiction (July 11), 10 Things I Hate About You (July 12), The Breakfast Club (July 13), The Greatest Showman Sing-Along (July 14), Poetic Justice (July 15), Dazed and Confused (July 15), Dirty Dancing (July 16), Paid in Full (July 16), Bridesmaids (July 17), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (July 17), The Great Gatsby (July 18), Mean Girls (July 19), Grease Sing-Along (July 20), Queen and Slim (July 21), Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (July 22), The Big Lebowski (July 22), Coming to America (July 23), Friday the 13th (July 23), 500 Days of Summer (July 24), The Beach (July 24), Léon: The Professional (July 25), Clueless (July 26), The Princess Bride (July 27), The Notebook (July 29), House Party (July 29), The Sandlot (July 30), The Silence of the Lambs (July 30), Pretty Woman (July 31), The Lost Boys (July 31), Breakfast at Tiffany's (Aug. 1).

Street Food Cinema at Los Angeles State Historic Park
Photo: Street Food Cinema

Street Food Cinema

Featuring a wide range of films, gourmet food trucks and live music, Street Food Cinema presents screenings at outdoor locations from Downtown LA to Malibu. Los Angeles State Historic Park will host Raiders of the Lost Ark (July 10), Fear Street Part Three: 1666 (July 14), and How It Ends (July 24). Screenings at Will Rogers State Historic Park include Mean Girls (July 10), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (July 24), and Big (Aug. 21).