240 W. 4th St., 2nd Floor, Los Angeles; www.angelcitydrivein.com
Angel City Drive In is a bi-monthly movie night hosted on the second floor of a roof parking lot. With a brand new 24 by 18-foot screen, Astroturf speakers and a FM transmitter, which allows moviegoers to hear the movie inside their cars, the sheer experience is half the fun.
Traditional movie food items such as hot dogs, nachos, popcorn and candy are available for purchase from the Angel City Derby Girls, who arrive at the flash of your car lights. Plus DJ Morgan spins for pre-show entertainment.
See Breakfast at Tiffany’s June 28, Dazed and Confused July 12 or Xanadu July 26. Gates open at 7:30 p.m., and the show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person, and pre-sale ends at 2 p.m. on the day of the screening.
ArcLight’s Unique 21+ Screenings
6360 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; www.arclightcinemas.com
The infamous dome-shaped venue, featuring a ’60s-inspired layout and rounded screen and the latest in movie showing technology, now features 21+ screenings of first-time movies (a.k.a. B.Y.O.B.). It’s the first theater in California to receive a license for it. Feel free to bring the booze of your choice for an enhanced viewing experience.
The Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre
611 N Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles (323) 655-2510; www.silentmovietheatre.com
Built in 1942 by John and Dorothy Hampton, the Silent Movie Theatre ran as America’s only functioning silent movie theater. Since then, it has been fully restored to its original, vintage 1940s art deco design, complete with a brand new screen and sound system. The venue also has a stage, a Spanish patio and a cappuccino lounge upstairs.
The theater features unique and different films for the artsy-fartsy individual Wednesday through Sunday. Each day has a different theme or two: “Silent Wednesdays,” “Music Thursdays,” “Noir Matinee” Saturdays and occasionally "Asian" Sundays. The theater also features quirky special monthly events such as potty-mouthed, pre-code cartoons and a performance by Noisy People, a group of San Francisco improvisational theater musicians that like to use their instruments unique ways. Movie tickets are $10.
Cinespace: Dinner and a Movie
6356 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles (323) 817-3456; www.cinespace.info
Cinespace’s trademark and world famous Dinner and a Movie – what else is there to say? Every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. feast on a gourmet meal while watching a recent Hollywood flick.
Movies are free, just show up for dinner (food prices vary). Reservations recommended.
6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles; www.cinespia.org
Cinespia is one of Los Angeles’ most famous and talked about movie events of the summer. Films are projected on the side of a huge mausoleum in Hollywood Forever Cemetery as flocks of people picnic on the lawn. Indie DJs spin music before and after the show.
See The Man Who Knew Too Much June 28 and The T.A.M.I. Show June 29. Parking on cemetery grounds is $5. Gates open at 7:30 p.m., and the show starts at 9 p.m.
There is a $10 donation fee. Alcohol is allowed. Pets, however, are not allowed.
High Noon Film Series
Fowler Museum, North Campus, UCLA (310) 825-8655; www.fowler.ucla.edu
Planned in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition subject, Mami Wata: Arts for Water Spirits in Africa and Its Diaspora, view these flicks about mermaids and the sea every Wednesday at noon through July 23. FREE.
See La Sirene/The Mermaid and Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid June 25, Million Dollar Mermaid July 2, The Incredible Mr. Limpet July 9, Secret of Roan Inish July 16 and Splash July 23.
Hollywood Mobile Movies
Unlike most drive-in movie locations, the Mobmov is never held in the same place twice. The event occurs at a different location each time – whenever and wherever a parking lot able to host 50 cars is available adjacent to a white wall.
Organized online, the Mobmov, which began in Berkeley, is similar to old fashioned drive-in movie theaters, except one car projects the movie onto a white backdrop while everyone else tunes into listen on their FM radios. The grassroots group prides itself on bringing back the nostalgia of drive-in movies in modern times and does not charge a fee.
If you want to be in the know, join the mailing list, and the location, movie and time will be e-mailed to you the day before.
10850 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles (888) 724-6362; www.landmarktheatres.com
Landmark Theatres’ flagship theater has all the amenities of an expensive Hollywood starlet’s home theater. With 12 state of the art auditoriums, oversized leather couches and loveseats and specialized concessions featuring items from Yogurtberry, Peet’s Coffee and La Brea Bakery, the nation’s largest theater chain of independent film has more than outdone itself.
The theater also features a wine bar, where of-age moviegoers can enjoy their favorite beer or wine during certain screenings. The posh venue also boasts over 3,000 free parking spaces.
Mission Tiki Drive-in
4407 State St., Montclair (909) 627-3564; www.missiontiki.com
Two first-run movies are shown together on four screens (that’s eight movies total), seven days a week at Mission Tiki Drive-in. The ticket booths are tiki huts, and a Moai garden adds to the Polynesian-inspired theme.
The formerly decrepit venue, revamped in 2006, has a snack bar complete with several different kinds of traditional movie food, Mexican food and breakfast food. It also boasts a “world famous” swap meet with over 300 vendors every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. with free parking. Movie tickets are $7.
Cinémoca: Six Saturdays of Art and Cinema
The Geffen Contemporary at Moca
152 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles; www.moca.org/cinemoca
Bring your lawn chair or blanket and revel in an evening of art and celluloid under the stars. Beer, wine and snacks can be purchased from Patinette Café (Outside food and drink are no-nos.). Through July 12.
See The Ox-Bow Incident June 28,Los Muertos July 5 and Brother Sun, Sister Moon July 12. 7 p.m.-11 p.m. $10 for adults, $5 for students with I.D.
Movies in the Park
333 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach; www.longbeach.gov/park
The projection and popcorn are free, so bring a chair or blanket, picnic dinner and a handful of friends. Films begin at dusk. See Bee Movie July 21-25, Surf’s Up July 28-Aug. 1 and many more. Through Aug. 29.
Movies on the Beach
1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach; www.newportdunes.com
Showing family friendly flicks like Lilo and Stitch, Finding Nemo and Happy Feet every Friday and Saturday through Sept. 27 at the first sign of dusk, this location makes it easy to chill out for some mindless fun surrounded by a beautiful landscape. Movies are free and vary by day.
The Vineland Drive-In
443 N. Vineland Ave., City of Industry (626) 961-9262; www.socaldims.com/thevinelanddrivein.htm
Pacific Theatre’s Vineland Drive-In boasts four screens featuring Technalight, and all showing the latest blockbuster movies as well old favorites. Films start at dusk on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only.