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Everywhere You Can Watch Outdoor Movies in LA Right Now

From rooftop cinemas to screenings on the lake, plus drive-ins, and more.

Photo courtesy of Melrose Rooftop Theatre
Photo courtesy of Melrose Rooftop Theatre
Photo courtesy of Melrose Rooftop Theatre

Just because summer is drawing to a close doesn’t mean that our social lives have to go into hibernation. One of our favorite LA pastimes is outdoor movie screenings that happen everywhere from parks to rooftops-with some even gracing our favourite rooftop bars-to movies on the water and at swanky hotels. Food trucks, live music, boats, and photo booths-not to mention the star-speckled sky above-elevate these al fresco screenings above your ordinary movie-going experience. We’ve compiled this list of every single spot in every corner of the city to watch movies outdoors this fall, including family-friendly flicks and cinematic classics-there’s something for everyone.

Tribeca Drive-in

Rose Bowl/Pasadena
Select dates through August 26
Head to the Rose Bowl parking lot each week in August for a nostalgic cinema experience. Hosted by the same organization behind the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, some evenings offer double showings that you can enjoy from the comfort of your car. Grab concessions from local spots and enjoy blockbusters and classics such as Saturday Night Fever (August 20), Fame (August 25), and Little Shop of Horrors and Dreamgirls (August 26).
Cost: $30 per vehicle

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JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE

Poolside Dinner and a Movie

JW Marriott at LA Live/Downtown
Sundays through August 29
Head to the rooftop deck on the fourth floor of JW Marriott at LA Live for screenings of Maleficent (August 22) and Legally Blonde (August 29). Dinner includes one appetizer and one entree per guest and of course, unlimited popcorn and complimentary soft drinks. Dress warm and bring blankets as heaters are not provided, although a full bar is available (not included in the ticketed price). For those who want to make a staycation out of it, overnight packages at the hotel are also available.
Cost: $45

Electric Dusk Drive-in

Glendale
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through August 29
Entertaining the kids just got a lot easier with Electric Dusk’s Drive-in, which hosts screenings three times a week in the old Sears parking lot. Sing-along to The Little Mermaid (August 22), join The Goonies for an adventure (August 29). Adult-skewed screenings include a double-feature of Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Dazed and Confused (August 28). Bring snacks, drinks, and blankets to enjoy the films from the comfort of your own car.
Cost: $8

Brentwood Country Mart

Santa Monica
Fridays through September 3
Head to the iconic barn-style Brentwood Country Mart for a kid-friendly dinner and a movie every Friday. Grab dinner at attached restaurants like Reddi Chick BBQ, Barney’s Burgers, Frida Taqueria, and Farmshop, and enjoy sweets that include Edelweiss Chocolates‘ movie night gold snack boxes and frozen treats from Sweet Rose Creamery before the show starts. Pixar shorts will roll before showings like Finding Nemo (August 27) and Monsters Inc (September 3).
Cost: Free to watch the movie.

The Hollywood Roosevelt
The Hollywood Roosevelt
The Hollywood Roosevelt

Tropicana Movie Nights

Hollywood Roosevelt
Mondays through September 4
Book ahead and snag a spot at the Hollywood Roosevelt’s Tropicana Pool & Cafe for a movie under the stars. Ticket options include a loveseat for two, poolside single and double beds for up to four people, and a VIP L-shaped couch for up to five viewers. Catch classic films like Road House (August 23) and Dazed and Confused (August 30), while enjoying complimentary popcorn. Towels, blankets, and heaters are available upon request on a first-come, first-served basis.
Cost: $16-44 + fees.

Cinespia

Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Weekends through September 5
Presented by Amazon Prime Video and Amazon Studios, check out this annual outdoor movie series at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Watch classics like Boogie Nights (September 4), and The Breakfast Club (September 5) screened on a mortuary wall with guests spread out on picnic blankets across a grassy field, with themed photo booths and a DJ spinning live music before and after the screening. Outside food and drink are permitted, so pack a picnic, but there are also food and drink vendors available if you get a craving for something else.
Cost: $20-30

Marina Drive-in Movies

Marina Del Rey
Fridays and Saturdays through September 5
Drive up to the boat launch ramp on Fiji Way in Marina Del Rey for an old-school screening from the comfort of your own car. The LA County Department of Beaches & Harbors presents these movie nights with two showings every Friday and Saturday. Catch films new and old, like Stand By Me (August 28) and A Quiet Place (September 5). Bring your own food and drinks, or order to-go from nearby restaurants for an impromptu dinner and a show.
Cost: $20 per vehicle

Rooftop Cinema Club
Rooftop Cinema Club
Rooftop Cinema Club

Rooftop Cinema Club

Downtown, El Segundo, and Santa Monica
Nightly through September 6
Catch cult-classics like Raiders of the Lost Ark (August 22), La La Land (August 26), and more at Rooftop Cinema Club’s Downtown location on the fourth floor rooftop of LEVEL. For those in the South Bay, movies are screened atop a parking structure under the stars in El Segundo, including Pulp Fiction (August 22), Forrest Gump (August 23), Get Out (September 1), and more. Reserve a love seat for two or a single adjustable lounge seat-there’s also a student discount for 10% off tickets and a full bar on site. Located on the Westside? The movie club also hosts a drive-in at the Santa Monica Airport with food trucks, designated tailgating areas, and new lawn box seating, for enjoying films like Love Jones (August 26), Queen and Slim (September 2), and A Nightmare On Elm Street (September 4).
Cost: $25-55

Seeing Red at the Wende Museum

Wende Museum/Culver City
Fridays through September 10
For a more historical outdoor screening series, head to the Wende Museum for a showing of films from the 1980s that examined the conflict between the Soviet Union and the United States. The “Seeing Red: Cold War Blockbusters of the 1980s” series explores the heightened anxiety and fear of the last decade of the Cold War through films such as War Games (August 20), The Hunt for Red October (August 27) and Top Secret! (September 10). Complimentary freshly popped popcorn will be on offer, along with speakers prior to each of the free outdoor showings.
Cost: Free

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Boat Cinema

Castaic Lake
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays through September 19
Located just 30 minutes from Downtown LA in Santa Clarita Valley, you can rent a mini boat on Castaic Lake for an outdoor screening unlike any other. Expect food and drink (hello, boat-side concessions!), music, and even a pre-show, before the film rolls on the floating big screen. Cozy up on the beach with a picnic, reserve a mini electric boat, or bring your own boat after enjoying a day on the lake for this one-of-a-kind summer-into-fall series. Movies include some water-themed showings such as Jaws (August 29), Titanic (September 5), Pirates of the Caribbean (September 9), Blue Crush (September 10), and more.
Cost: $20-89

The Montalban
The Montalban
The Montalban

The Montalban

Hollywood
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays through September 19
Check out this three-week pop-up with nine showings under the stars. Head to the historic Hollywood venue’s rooftop to watch movies like Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (September 17) and Pulp Fiction (September 19). Doors and the bar open at 6 pm.
Cost: $30

Street Food Cinema

Various Locations
Saturdays through September 25
Street Food Cinema is known for taking over outdoor venues across the city – from Men in Black in Pasadena and Big at Pacific Palisades (both on August 21) to Back to the Future (September 11) at LA Historic State Park-every Saturday through the end of September. Expect food trucks, live music, and dog-friendly seating with a premier reserved ticket. Some locations offer on-site bars as well.
Cost: $18-23 for adults; $6-11 for children ages 5-12.

Arena Cinelounge Hollywood
Arena Cinelounge Hollywood
Arena Cinelounge Hollywood

Cinelounge Outdoors Hollywood

Hollywood
Nightly through September 28
Snag a seat under string lights while reclining in striped chairs on astroturf in Hollywood. Order gourmet popcorn before watching little-known art house films like Annette, The Green Knight, Pig, The Big Boss, First Blood, Whirlybird and more, nightly. Movies are also screened nightly indoors (with capacity limited to 25%) on the lobby level of Cinelounge Sunset. Be sure to purchase tickets in advance.
Cost: $20

Photo courtesy of Melrose Rooftop Theatre
Photo courtesy of Melrose Rooftop Theatre
Photo courtesy of Melrose Rooftop Theatre

Melrose Rooftop Theatre

E.P. & L.P./West Hollywood
Nightly through September 30
This rooftop theatre series is attached to the recently revamped New American restaurant E.P. & L.P., and includes a convenient option to add a three-course, pre-theatre dinner to complete your movie date night. They screen a wide array of classics and newly released Hollywood blockbusters, with tickets still available for screenings of Almost Famous (August 22), Blade Runner 2049 (September 3), Clueless (September 13), and more.
Cost: $28-49 + fees.

Movies on Location

Various Locations
Fridays and Saturdays through October 30
The San Fernando Valley’s visitors’ guide, My Valley Pass, hosts this series of outdoor screening across various Southern California locations, featuring movies that were filmed at or relate to local landmarks that coincide with the films. Screenings include The Founder (September 18) at the first original McDonald’s Museum in San Bernardino, and Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (October 1) at the Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser Plant) in Van Nuys.
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8 LA Fundraisers that Support Abortion Rights and Reproductive Justice

In light of the recent Supreme Court decision, LA businesses and organizations are stepping up to raise money and support reproductive justice for all.

Matt Gush/Shutterstock
Matt Gush/Shutterstock
Matt Gush/Shutterstock

As Beyonc√©’s talented sister Solange once sang, “I got a lot to be mad about.” At the top of that growing list is the Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, clearing the way for states to regulate abortion. Since the ruling, abortion is now illegal in states like Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Kentucky, while others like Utah, Idaho, and Missouri, have signaled plans to ban or create significant barriers to accessing abortion services.

Many are outraged by this decision, which is certain to disproportionately impact low-income and BIPOC communities. Protests have erupted in cities across the country and legal battles are already underway in attempts to counteract the ruling. Many are calling for the Supreme Court to be reformed, calling into question other recent decisions, including a ruling that limited the federal government’s power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions at existing power plants.

Those in California are lucky to be protected by a state constitution where abortion is recognized as an individual right, with Governor Newsom recently vowing to continue to safeguard these rights, as well as women who travel west for reproductive care. But just because we don’t currently have to worry about our reproductive rights being stripped doesn’t mean that we can’t step up and provide support for those who are in the thick of these struggles. From donating to on-the-ground activism, there are plenty of ways to get involved in the national fight to protect abortion care and access for all.

LA’s hospitality industry is doing just that, providing plenty of delicious and fun opportunities to stand up for reproductive rights and abortion care, including food pop-ups, bake sales, wine and mezcal tastings, shopping deals, and more.

Satisfy your munchies at a stoner food pop-up

Ongoing
Genever, Historic Filipinotown
One of our favourite bars in LA right now, women-owned Genever is hosting a weekly Friday pop-up with food from Bodega that they describe as Asian Stoner Food. Every pop-up donates 50% of proceeds to a rotating reproductive rights organization.
Cost: Varies

Photo courtesy of Local Angeles
Photo courtesy of Local Angeles
Photo courtesy of Local Angeles

Order a Westside Cocktail

Ongoing throughout July
Winston House, Venice Beach
Each month, the team at Winston House, a lively supper club off the Venice Boardwalk, donates $1 from every sale of their Westside Cocktail to a different charity. In June, they donated proceeds to The Trevor Project and for July, they’re donating to the National Network of Abortions Funds. The cocktail is made with butterfly pea- and cucumber-infused Future Gin, lime juice, and mint syrup.
Cost: $15

Photo courtesy of Madre
Photo courtesy of Madre
Photo courtesy of Madre

Sip on women-made mezcals at Madre Restaurant

Ongoing from July 11 for four weeks
West Hollywood, Torrance, and Palms
Get an education in mezcal while supporting women with a special mezcal flight curated by owner Ivan Vasquez, featuring women-owned or produced brands. Dubbed Her Mezcal, the flight includes a one-ounce pour of Real Minero, Agua Del Sol, and Rezpiral, available for $45 beginning Monday, July 11, with 10% of the net sales from each flight going to the National Network of Abortion Funds. And if you buy a bottle of one of the three featured brands, Madre will donate 10% of those sales, too.
Cost: $45

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@vanillabeansanddaydreams

Bakers Against Racism: Bake Sale For Reproductive Justice

Saturday, July 17
These Hands Makers Collective, Culver City
Launched during April 2020 as a pop-up, Bakers Against Racism is a social community “connecting bakers and creatives all across the globe to fight against racism in all of its forms.” On Saturday, July 17 from 11 am to 3 pm, they’re firing up their ovens to raise money and awareness for reproductive justice, with all sorts of treats and desserts available for sale, including cookies, pies, cakes, pastries, traditional Southern desserts, gluten-free and vegan options, and more. All proceeds will be donated to the National Network of Abortion Funds. Bakers who are interested in joining the sale can reach out to LA lead @winterfatebakes on Instagram.
Cost: Free to participate, baked goods vary.

Photo by Jenny Caloca, courtesy of Vinovere
Photo by Jenny Caloca, courtesy of Vinovere
Photo by Jenny Caloca, courtesy of Vinovere

Taste natural, women-made wines with Vinovore

Saturday, July 23
Virtual tasting
Woman- and LGBTQ-owned Vinovore stocks predominantly small-batch, natural, and woman-produced labels in its Virgil Village and Eagle Rock wine shops. On Saturday, July 23 at 5 pm, they’ll host a WINEsplaining event over Zoom, which includes two bottles of natural, women-made wine that attendees can enjoy as they discuss tasting notes with owner Coly Den Haan. All proceeds will be donated to The National Network of Abortion Funds. Register online and wines will be ready for pick-up, shipping, or delivery the week before the tasting, with the Zoom link sent the day before.
Cost: $75

Join a community bake sale for reproductive rights

Saturday, July 23
The Oinkster, Eagle Rock
Over in East LA, chef Andre Guerrero is opening up the patio to local bakers for a massive community bake sale, with proceeds benefiting Planned Parenthood, Plan C Pills, and Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project. And since you’re there, you might as well grab a stacked Frito Pie burger, a house-cured Pastrami Sandwich, or some Chili Fries. For more info and to participate, reach out to chef Kristi Descher on Instagram.
Cost: Free to participate, baked goods vary.

Photo courtesy of Botanica
Photo courtesy of Botanica
Photo courtesy of Botanica

Snag a cute tee from Botanica

Ongoing
Purchase online
Women-owned restaurant and market Botanica is selling their five-year anniversary tee that’s made in collaboration by LA’s Lamero Studio. The shirt features a “vegetables in space” design created by bar manager and artist, Ryan Halie Gossett. All profits from the shirts benefit the National Network of Abortion Funds.
Cost: $45

Photo courtesy of Helen's Wines x The Goods Mart
Photo courtesy of Helen’s Wines x The Goods Mart
Photo courtesy of Helen’s Wines x The Goods Mart

Order a summer snack box filled with women-owned treats

Ongoing
Purchase online
Another one of our favourite women-owned natural wine shops in LA, Helen’s Wines teamed up with NYC’s The Goods Mart for a summer snack box featuring female-founded brands, including Azziah’s Herbal Green Popcorn, Magic Dates Salted Walnut Brownie, Moonshot Sourdough Crackers, and a bottle of natural ros√© from women producers, chosen by founder Helen Johannesen and her team, and rotating with each box. Even better, 50% of proceeds from the box will be donated to the Women’s Reproductive Right’s Assistance Project, the largest national, independent, nonprofit abortion fund providing urgently-needed financial assistance to individuals seeking abortion services or emergency contraception nationwide.
Cost: $75

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