Cinespia Cemetery Screenings

Movies Hollywood Forever Cemetery , Hollywood Saturday May 28 2016 - Sunday May 29 2016
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Photo courtesy Cinespia at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

It isn't summer in LA until the first cemetery screening brings hoards of movie-lovers to Hollywood Forever, toting folding chairs, picnic blankets, snack spreads and lots of booze. Each year, Cinespia brings classic cult favorites to the hallowed resting place of such Hollywood greats as Rudolph Valentino and Bugsy Siegel. An inspired concept, and one Angelenos line up for hours to partake in, enjoy DJ sets, dance parties, sleepovers and more magical mischief otherwise strictly forbidden behind the cemetery gates. It's an LA rite of passage, a quintessential summer experience and one of the best film venues in the city. Just be sure to get your ticket early, arrive early, pee early... it's getting a bit overcrowded, to say the least.

Venue name: Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Address: 6000 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles

Opening hours: Summer 8am-7pm daily; Winter 8am-6pm daily
Price: $16
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Eric L

Cinespia fuses two of my favorite activities: surrounding myself with dead people and listening to drunk, living people talk over a movie. 

No, all kidding aside, Cinespia is a fantastic way to spend a summer evening in Los Angeles. If you're new to LA, visiting, or a long-time resident, Cinespia is a must-do. Anyone who is anyone has attended at least one Cinespia Cemetery Screening. I have absolutely no idea if that is accurate, but I will say there are a few very cool, unique pluses to Cinespia for those who may be weary. 

First, I've never felt or thought about the fact that I was in a cemetery. There are usually so many people there that you're not anxiously pondering who you're sitting on top of (the answer is no one, because you're not in that section of the cemetery). Second, you can bring food, beverages, wine (also a beverage), blankets, and more! Some people call it BYOB. I call it genius and a recipe for a good time. My recommendation is to bring extra layers, as some summer nights tend to get unusually cool. (READ: In LA, Below 60 = "Cold", Below 55 = "Chilly", and Below 50 = "Death, We Will Soon Be Joining the Other Corpses")

Lastly, the sound quality is always great so don't fret over other distractions/people/noise/zombies. The movie lineup is always top notch, so sit back and enjoy whichever classic you plan on attending.

ALSO, go early! Find a space, lay out your blanket, and bring games and food. Do it!