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, outdoor movies in Los Angeles are the best of all worlds: classic films and modern hits are shown on a big screen under the stars, along with plenty of delicious food and drinks. And thanks to LA's great weather, the outdoor movie season runs well into fall. Gather your friends and enjoy an "endless summer" of entertainment with our guide to the best outdoor movies in LA.

Barbie The Movie: In Concert at the Hollywood Bowl
Barbie The Movie: In Concert | Photo: Live Nation

Hollywood Bowl

Movie nights are some of the most popular events at the world-famous Hollywood Bowl, from the annual John Williams: Maestro of the Movies (July 12-14) to the perennial favorite The Sound of Music Sing-Along on September 21. Featuring live accompaniment by the LA Phil, the Bowl's 2024 movie screenings include Singin' in the Rain (Aug. 27) and the Marvel Studios Infinity Saga Concert Experience (Aug. 30-31).

On Saturday, July 27, dance the night away with the Barbie Land™ Sinfonietta as Barbie The Movie: In Concert comes to the Hollywood Bowl! The record-shattering, full-length feature film will be accompanied live by an all-women, majority women-of-color orchestra renowned for their musical skill and style. The Barbie Land Sinfonietta is conducted by Tony Award-winner Macy Schmidt. Barbie® fans of all ages are invited to celebrate the music of the film in a one-of-a-kind immersive experience!

Purple fireworks at Cinespia Hollywood Forever
Fireworks at Hollywood Forever | Photo: Cinespia


Cinespia hosts classic films and modern favorites at historic locations across LA. Upcoming screenings at the famed Hollywood Forever Cemetery include What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (June 29), Rocky + Fireworks (July 4), Charlie's Angels + Fireworks (July 5), Shrek 2 + Fireworks (July 6), Midsommar (July 13), Empire Records (July 20) and La Bamba (July 27).

"Purple Rain" movie poster
"Purple Rain" movie poster | Photo: Warner Bros.

Rooftop Cinema Club

Rooftop Cinema Club offers a premier outdoor movie experience at LEVEL in Downtown LA.

Upcoming screenings include To Wong Foo (Jun. 23), The Great Gatsby (Jun, 24), Pulp Fiction, (Jun. 25), Everything Everywhere All at Once (Jun. 26), Purple Rain + Silent Disco (Jun. 27), The Best Man (Jun. 28), Immaculate (Jun. 28), How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (Jun. 29), Scream (Jun. 29), The Favourite (Jun. 30), Grease (Jul. 1), Drive Me Crazy (Jul. 3), Independence Day (Jul. 4 & 5), A Nightmare On Elm Street (Jul. 4), Dirty Dancing (Jul. 5), The Sandlot (Jul. 6), The Blackening (Jul. 6) and 10 Things I Hate About You (Jul. 7).

For tickets and the complete movie schedule, visit the Rooftop Cinema Club website.

Street Food Cinema "Mary Poppins" 60th Anniversary
"Mary Poppins" 60th Anniversary | Photo: Street Food Cinema

Street Food Cinema

Featuring a wide range of films, gourmet food trucks and live music, Street Food Cinema presents Saturday night screenings at outdoor locations from Los Angeles State Historic Park to The Autry Museum, Griffith Park, Will Rogers State Historic Park and more.

Upcoming screenings at The Autry include National Treasure (July 6), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (July 13), Garden State (July 20), Back to the Future Part III (July 27), Mad Max Fury Road (Aug. 3), The Mummy (Aug. 10), Super Troopers (Aug. 17), Spider-Man 2 (Aug. 24) and 10 Things I Hate About You (Aug. 31).

On June 29, D23 and SFC are teaming up to present a special 60th anniversary screening of Mary Poppins at the famous Griffith Park Carousel, renowned as one of Walt Disney's original inspirations for Disneyland. The Merry-Go-Round has been closed to the public for years, but for one night only fans will be able to get up-close and take pics!

For most events, doors open at 5:30pm, the band plays at 7pm and the movie starts at 8pm. LA State Historic Park, The Autry and Griffith Park are dog-friendly! Full schedule and tickets at the Street Food Cinema website.

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling dancing in Griffith Park in "La La Land"
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling dancing in Griffith Park in "La La Land" | Photo: Lionsgate

The Hollywood Roosevelt

Tropicana Movie Nights returns to the landmark Hollywood Roosevelt. Screening at the famed David Hockney pool, the series showcases different themes each month. Swimming is encouraged!

August features "Los Angeles" movies: Almost Famous (Aug. 1), Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Aug. 8), Boyz n' the Hood (Aug. 15), Swingers (Aug. 22) and La La Land (Aug. 29). September "Musicals" include Purple Rain (Sep. 5), Grease Sing-Along (Sep. 12), Cabaret (Sep. 19) and Chicago (Sep. 26).

"Pan's Labyrinth"
"Pan's Labyrinth" | Photo: Skirball Cultural Center

Skirball Cultural Center

Open to the public since 1996, the Skirball Cultural Center is renowned as one of the world's most dynamic Jewish cultural institutions. This year's Friday night outdoor movie screenings are inspired by Wild Things Are Happening: The Art of Maurice Sendak. Now on view through September 1, the exhibition is the largest and most complete exhibition of the celebrated Jewish American artist's 60-year career.

The 2024 season kicked off with The Neverending Story (1984). Upcoming screenings include Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are (2009) on June 28; and Guillermo del Toro's Oscar-winning Pan's Labyrinth (2006) on July 12. Doors at 6pm for guests to stroll the museum. Movies start at 8:30pm. Tickets are $20 for General Admission and $15 for Members and Full-Time Students.

Dive-In Movies by the pool at The Garland
Dive-In Movies at the pool | Photo: The Garland

Dive-In Movies - The Garland

Located in North Hollywood just minutes from Universal Studios Hollywood, The Garland mixes a vintage SoCal vibe with 21st century chic. The hotel was originally opened by actress Beverly Garland, best known for her role as Fred MacMurray's wife on the final three seasons of My Three Sons.

Situated at the heart of this lush urban oasis, the pool offers a retreat from the hustle and bustle of LA along with Dive-In Movies, where the whole family can enjoy a classic flick starting at sundown.

Outdoor Movie Night at Jamaica Bay Inn in Marina del Rey
Outdoor Movie Night at Jamaica Bay Inn | Photo: Eventbrite

Outdoor Movie Night - Jamaica Bay Inn

Located in Marina del Rey, Jamaica Bay Inn is hosting Outdoor Movie Night, a FREE outdoor movie series taking place on their beachfront lawn every Sunday. Upcoming screenings include The Little Mermaid (June 23) and Space Jam (June 30).

Seating starts at 7pm and is first-come, first-served. The movie starts at dusk. Low chairs, blankets and pillows are welcome. High camping style chairs are not allowed. $4 off half-bottle red or white wine; picnic pack and full menu will be available for purchase. RSVP at Eventbrite.