The Ultimate Guide to Outdoor Movie Screenings in – Secret Los Angeles

‘Tis the season for magical movie nights beneath the stars. We’ve rounded up all the city’s outdoor screenings to fill your calendar this summer. Spoiler: some are completely free!
Andrea Alonso Andrea Alonso – Staff Writer
The official start to summer is quickly approaching, which means it’s time to mark your calendar with all of the best outdoor movie screenings in Los Angeles. From rooftops to boats to cemeteries to the majestic Hollywood Bowl — this city has the greatest outdoor venues for reveling in the magic of cinema. Pack your favorite snacks, grab your coziest blankets and round up the crew for a perfect movie night at these open-air screenings.
Street Food Cinema is back for its 11th year of bringing Hollywood classics to idyllic outdoor locations throughout the city including Will Rogers State Historic Park, Westdrift Manhattan Beach and LA State Historic Park. You’re free to picnic with your own snacks, but per its name, you can expect delicious eats from some of the city’s best food trucks at every event including Angelenos’ Wood Fired PizzaDaddy JiFlamin Hot ChickenDistrict Burger and Coco’s Lipsmacking Cupcakes among others. To spice things up even more, you can enjoy live music performances before the sun sets and the screening begins. Snag your tickets below!
🍿 June 3: Fight Club at The Autry Museum | 8:15 p.m.
🍿 Jun 10: The Sandlot at Will Rogers State Historic Park | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 June 17: Do the Right Thing at LA State Historic Park | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 June 17: The Birdcage at The Autry Museum | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 June 24: The Goonies at Verdugo Park | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 July 1: Back to the Future at LA State Historic Park | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 July 1: La La Land at Will Rogers State Historic Park | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 July 8: 10 Things I Hate About You at Westdrift Gold Course | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 July 8: Scooby-Doo (2002) at The Autry Museum | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 July 15: Holes at The Autry Museum | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 July 15: Casablanca at LA State Historic Park | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 July 22: Purple Rain at Exposition Park | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 July 22: The Karate Kid at LA State Historic Park | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 July 29: Aladdin at Santa Anita Park | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 July 29: John Wick at The Autry Museum | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 5: School of Rock at The Autry Museum | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 5: The Princess Bride at Westdrift Golf Course | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 12: Bring It On at West LA College | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 12: Who Framed Roger Rabbit at The Autry Museum | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 19: The Parent Trap at The Autry Museum | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 19: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark at La Cienega Park | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 26: Almost Famous at The Autry Museum | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 26: Dirty Dancing at Will Rogers State Historic Park | 8:30 p.m.
 
Catch your favorite film with a side of stunning skyline views at Rooftop Cinema Club. Perfect for date night or a night out with the fam, you can find these outdoor screenings hosted in DTLA, the Arts District and El Segundo. Contrary to other screenings where the sound can be difficult to hear, Rooftop Cinema Club uses state-of-the-art wireless headphones so you can sit back and relax without missing half the dialogue due to deafening choppers overhead. Each venue is complete with a full bar and food, so you can take the dinner and a movie experience to soaring new heights.
🍿 DTLA Rooftop screenings
🍿 Arts District Rooftop screenings
🍿 El Segundo Rooftop screenings
 
Founded in 2002, Cinespia brings movie magic to life in some of the most iconic venues across the city, most notably The Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Consider this one of the more traditional, DIY outdoor movie screenings. There’s no seating provided, so come equipped with your best picnic blankets, pillows and low chairs (high chairs aren’t permitted). There is some food sold on site, but the best move is to pack your own picnic (or go all out and bring a mini BBQ). Get your tickets below.
🍿 June 3: The Lost Boys at The Greek Theatre | 9:00 p.m.
🍿 June 10: The SpongBob SquarePants Movies at The Greek Theatre | 9:00 p.m.
🍿 June 16: She’s All That at Los Angeles State Historic Park | 9:00 p.m.
🍿 June 17: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes at Hollywood Forever Cemetery | 9:00 p.m.
🍿 June 24: The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Los Angeles State Historic Park | 9:00 p.m.
🍿 July 1: Pee Wee’s Big Adventure + Fireworks at Hollywood Forever Cemetery | 9:00 p.m.
🍿 July 8: Fight Club at Hollywood Forever Cemetery | 9:00 p.m.
🍿 July 15: Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion at Hollywood Forever Cemetery | 9:00 p.m.
🍿 July 21: The Fifth Element at Los Angeles State Historic Park | 9:00 p.m.
🍿 July 22: Gremlins at Hollywood Forever Cemetery | 9:00 p.m.
🍿 July 29: Valley Girl at Hollywood Forever Cemetery | 9:00 p.m.
 
Similar to Rooftop Cinema Club, the Melrose Rooftop Theatre located on the roof of E.P. & L.P. provides personal headphones, along with extra comfy beanbag chairs. If you’re looking for dinner and a show, they offer a special package that includes dinner at E.P. & L.P. downstairs before heading to the rooftop for the screening. They also offer date night packages that include snacks and a bottle of bubbly to be enjoyed while watching the film. Check out the screening dates below.
🍿 June 2: The Greatest Showman | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 June 3: Fight Club | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 June 4: The 40-year-old Virgin | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 June 5: The Birdcage | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 June 6: I Know What You Did Last Summer | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 June 9: Bohemian Rhapsody | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 June 10: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 June 11: The Goonies | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 June 12: Brokeback Mountain | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 June 13: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 June 15: Notting Hill | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 June 16: Grease | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 June 17: Air | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 June 18: She’s All That | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 June 19: Philadelphia | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 June 20: Muriel’s Wedding | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 June 21: The Wolf of Wall Street | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 June 22: There’s Something About Mary | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 June 23: La La Land | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 June 24: Bring It On | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 June 25: Sleepless in Seattle | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 June 26: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 June 27: The Matrix | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 June 28: Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 June 29: Black Swan | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 June 30: A Star Is Born | 8:30 p.m.
 
Sip on pool-side cocktails while enjoying cult classics at the iconic Hollywood Roosevelt hotel. These “Dive-in” movie nights are held every Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. starting June 6. and ending August 15. Food and drinks are available for purchase at the bar and rumor has it guests who dress up in the theme of the movie and post on Instagram get a free cocktail.
🍿 June 6: Rocketman | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 June 13: La La Land | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 June 20: Pretty Woman | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 June 27: Crazy, Stupid, Love | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 July 11: Beverly Hills Cop | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 July 18: Rush Hour | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 July 25: The Italian Job | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 1: The Big Lebowski | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 8: The Usual Suspects | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 August 15: Pulp Fiction | 8:30 p.m.
 
Get lost in your favorite Hollywood films in the heart of Hollywood itself. The Montalban Summer Movie Series is another rooftop venue that provides personal headphones and seating for an extra comfy movie night. A full bar and concessions are available on-site, as well as UMAMI Burger. Feel free to bring extra blankets and pillows on chilly summer nights.
🍿 June 17: The Goonies | 8:00 p.m.
🍿 June 18: Footloose | 8:00 p.m.
🍿 June 23: Grease | 8:00 p.m.
🍿 June 24: 10 Things I Hate About You | 8:00 p.m.
🍿 June 25: The Blues Brothers | 8:00 p.m.
🍿 June 30: Jaws | 8:00 p.m.
🍿 July 1: The Big Lebowski | 8:00 p.m.
🍿 July 2: The Breakfast Club | 8:00 p.m.
🍿 July 7: The Shawshank Redemption | 8:00 p.m.
🍿 July 8: Pulp Fiction | 8:00 p.m.
🍿 July 9: The Crow | 8:00 p.m.
🍿 July 14: Scarface | 8:00 p.m.
🍿 July 15: Hocus Pocus | 8:00 p.m.
🍿 July 16: Natural Born Killers | 8:00 p.m.
🍿 July 16: Hocus Pocus | 8:00 p.m.
Experience the glamor and glitz of Hollywood’s Golden Age at the Skirball Cutural Center with an outdoor screening of the classic 1953 film Roman Holiday on June 9, followed by High Noon on June 23. This three-part outdoor movie screening series wraps up with the 1973 romantic drama The Way We Were. Make the most out of your visit to the Skirball Cultural Center by arriving early and checking out their current exhibitions: Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare, Peter Krasnow: Breathing Joy and Light and Visions and Values. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase on site, but you’re also encouraged to bring your own food. Note: alcohol is not permitted at this venue.
🍿 June 9: Roman Holiday | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 June 23: High Noon | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 July 7: The Way We Were | 8:30 p.m.
 
Experience the absolute magic of the Los Angeles Philharmonic performing some of the greatest movie scores live as you watch the film on a mega screen at the Hollywood Bowl. These immersive screenings make for some of the dreamiest summer nights in the city, with each film coming to life in a way you’ve never seen before. Be sure to snag tickets early as these popular nights are quick to sell out.
🍿 June 9: Sound of Music Sing-A-Long | 8:00 p.m.
🍿 August 3: 2001: A Space Odyssey | 8:00 p.m.
🍿 September 1: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi | 8:00 p.m.
🍿 September 2: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi | 8:00 p.m.
 
Breathe in the balmy ocean breeze at Moonlight Movies on the Beach, a free series that takes place at Granada Beach and Long Beach City College from June to August. These family-friendly screenings are completely DIY — bring all your best beach gear and stake your territory early to be sure to get a good spot.
🍿 June 20: The Goonies at Granada Beach | 8:00 p.m.
🍿 June 27: Stand By Me at Granada Beach | 8:00 p.m.
🍿 June 29: The Princess and The Frog at Long Beach City College, LAC Campus | 8:00 p.m.
🍿 July 11: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at Granada Beach| 8:00 p.m.
🍿 July 13: Grease at Long Beach City College, LAC Campus| 8:00 p.m.
🍿 July 25: Lilo & Stitch at Granada Beach| 8:00 p.m.
🍿 August 1: Top Gun: Maverick at Granada Beach| 8:00 p.m.
🍿 August 8: Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone at Granada Beach| 8:00 p.m.
🍿 August 15: Back to the Future at Granada Beach| 8:00 p.m.
🍿 August 24: Puss In Boots: The Last Wish at Long Beach City College, PCC Campus | 8:00 p.m.
 
Although the films have yet to be released for the City of Inglewood’s annual Movies in the Park series, be sure to keep your eyes out for the forthcoming announcement. Held at three different parks in the neighborhood, these screenings are completely free and always family-friendly.
🍿 June 24: Film TBA at Edward Vincent, Jr. Park | 6:00 p.m.
🍿 July 15: Film TBA at Inglewood City Hall – South Mall | 6:00 p.m.
🍿 August 12: Film TBA at the lawn at North Park | 6:00 p.m.
You’ve heard of drive-ins and dive-ins, but now Castaic Lake is bringing “float-ins” to add to your summer plans. Just about an hour out from Los Angeles, The Boat Cinema screens cult classics on the shore while visitors can rent mini boats to experience the film from the water. Come early for Captain’s Cocktail Hour starting at 5 p.m. before the screening begins shortly after sundown. You can bring your own food and drinks (with a $30 corking fee) or hail down the snack boat that’ll deliver movie snacks, artisanal pizzas and charcuterie boards right to you. Book your nautical night at the movies here.
🍿 June 3: Jaws 
🍿June 4: The Goonies
🍿 June 9: Halloween
🍿 June 10: Jaws
🍿 June 11: Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
🍿 June 16: Grease: 45 Year Anniversary
🍿 June 17: Titanic
🍿 June 18: 10 Things I Hate About You
🍿 June 23: Moana
🍿 June 24: Shrek
🍿 June 25: Finding Nemo
🍿 June 30: Hamilton
🍿 July 1: Sandlot
🍿 July 2: Armageddon: 25-Year Anniversary
🍿 July 7: Jaws
🍿 July 8: Friday the 13th Part 4
🍿 July 9: Pirates of the Caribbean Curse of The Black Pearl: 20-Year Anniversary
🍿 July 14: Jurassic Park: 30-Year Anniversary
🍿 July 15: There’s Something About Mary
🍿 July 16: Hocus Pocus: 30-Year Anniversary 
🍿 July 21: The Dark Knight: 15-Year Anniversary
🍿 July 22: Bring It On
🍿 July 23: Lady and The Tramp
🍿 July 28: Selena
🍿 July 29: Cinderella
🍿 July 30: Megan
🍿 August 4: Sharknado
🍿 August 5: Bohemian Rhapsody
🍿 August 6: 10 Things I Hate About You
🍿 August 11: Top Gun Maverick
🍿 August 12: Jason vs. Freddy: 20-Year Anniversary
🍿 August 13: The Little Mermaid (1989)
🍿 August 18: Hustlers
🍿 August 19: Magic Mike
🍿 August 20: Burlesque
🍿 August 25: The Super Mario Bros. Movie
🍿 August 26: Avatar
🍿 August 27: Mean Girls
🍿 September 2: Scream
🍿 September 9: Jaws
 
Cinemalibu is an outdoor movie series that takes place at Malibu Bluffs Park on the third Saturday of June, July and August. Pre-movie activities (including giveaways, D’Amore’s Pizza Truck and Apollo’s Expresso and Shave Ice) begin about one hour before sunset and the screenings begin at sunset. Seating isn’t provided, so be sure to pack up your chairs, blankets, pillows and snacks to make the evening extra comfy.
🍿 June 17: Top Gun | 7:00 p.m.
🍿 July 15: E.T. | 7:00 p.m.
🍿 August 19: The Karate Kid | 6:30 p.m.
 
Escape the chaos of the city at The Garland, a warm and retro hotel situated in North Hollywood that hosts movie nights by the pool every Wednesday through Saturday. While they haven’t announced their film line-up just yet, this quiet and cozy venue is the perfect place to sit back, relax and revel in a good Hollywood classic.
🍿 Every Wednesday-Sunday at sunset, find more info here
Wrap up the weekend with a beachside movie night at Marina del Rey’s Jamaica Bay Inn. Hosted every Sunday night at 7:00 p.m. on the beachfront lawn, this boutique hotel screens classics from the ’90s and early 2000s completely free of charge. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, and enjoy drinks specials and food available for purchase from the hotel.
🍿 June 4: Mama Mia | 7:00 p.m.
🍿 June 11: Clifford | 7:00 p.m.
🍿 June 18: Space Jam: A New Legacy | 7:00 p.m.
🍿 June 25: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days | 7:00 p.m.
🍿 July 2: School of Rock | 7:00 p.m.
🍿 July 9: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle | 7:00 p.m.
🍿 July 16: Grown Ups | 7:00 p.m.
🍿 July 23: Puss in Boots: The Last Wish | 7:00 p.m.
🍿 July 30: Legally Blonde | 7:00 p.m.
 
Last but not least, One Colorado in Old Pasadena is hosting a free outdoor movie series this summer with three ’90s classics. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to come a bit early to snag a comfortable seat. There’s also premier seating available for guests that show a receipt for a minimum purchase of $50 (per person) from any One Colorado restaurant or shop. Book dinner reservations ahead of time (Sushi Roku is a great pick) before heading to the screening. Perfect summer nights await.
🍿 July 8: Sister Act | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 July 15: Groundhog Day | 8:30 p.m.
🍿 July 22: Hook | 8:30 p.m.
 
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