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Level 8 Drive-In at the Americana
Photograph: Courtesy Kimberly Zsebe/The Americana at Brand

All of L.A.’s outdoor movies in one calendar

Sit back, relax and catch one of L.A.’s outdoor movie screenings, be it on a rooftop or even at a Hollywood cemetery

By Time Out contributors and Michael Juliano
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Looking for things to do this summer (and beyond)? Outdoor movies combine two things we love about L.A.: appreciation of movie-making and spending as much time as possible outside. Alfresco screenings usually start to pop up across the city in the late spring, be it atop rooftop bars, at L.A.’s best parks or even at a Hollywood cemetery.

But this year is all about the drive-in. And sure, things might be a little different (we’re pretty sure we never uttered the phrase “social distancing” last summer) but moviegoers can still pack together some picnic food and catch films both old and new. (If you’re looking for a fun date idea, this one takes the cake.)

We’ll be keeping track of any long-standing outdoor series that flip to a more social-distancing–friendly format. Be sure to check back all season long for updates on the list, as new screenings are always being added.

Looking to see a movie any night of the week? Check out the best drive-in movie theaters in L.A. 

August

Aug 1: Level 8 Drive-In presents The Princess Bride at the Americana at Brand.

Aug 1: Street Food Cinema presents The Wedding Singer at Brandeis-Bardin Campus.

Aug 7: Parking Lot Cinema presents Ferris Bueller’s Day Off + The Breakfast Club at Electric Dusk Drive-In.

Aug 8: Street Food Cinema presents The Princess Bride at Oak Canyon Park.

Aug 8: The Drive-In presents Queen and Slim at Hotel Figueroa.

Aug 8: Parking Lot Cinema presents National Lampoon’s Vacation + Weird Science at Electric Dusk Drive-In.

Aug 9: Street Food Cinema presents Fight Club at Oak Canyon Park.

Aug 9: Street Food Cinema presents Grease at Brandeis-Bardin Campus.

Aug 10: Movies in Your Car presents Toy Story 4 at Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Aug 11: Movies in Your Car presents The Princess Bride at Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Aug 12: A Night at the Drive-In presents Do the Right Thing + Get Out at Vineland Drive-In Theatre.

Aug 12: Movies in Your Car presents The Princess Bride at Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Aug 12: A Night at the Drive-In presents Do the Right Thing + Get Out at Paramount Drive-In Theatre.

Aug 13: San Fernando Valley Summer Drive-In presents The Sandlot at Westfield Fashion Square.

Aug 14: San Fernando Valley Summer Drive-In presents Grease at Westfield Fashion Square.

Aug 14: Street Food Cinema presents The Breakfast Club at King Gillette Ranch.

Aug 14: ARRAY Drive-In presents Selena at 1055 West 6th Street.

Aug 14: Rooftop Movies at the Montalbán presents La La Land at Ricardo Montalbán Theatre.

Aug 15: San Fernando Valley Summer Drive-In presents Jurassic Park at Westfield Fashion Square.

Aug 15: Street Food Cinema presents Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Brandeis-Bardin Campus.

Aug 15: Street Food Cinema presents Jerry Maguire at King Gillette Ranch.

Aug 15: The Drive-In presents Love and Anarchy at Hotel Figueroa.

Aug 15: ARRAY Drive-In presents Purple Rain at 1055 West 6th Street.

Aug 15: Rooftop Movies at the Montalbán presents Once Upon a Time in Hollywood at Ricardo Montalbán Theatre.

Aug 16: San Fernando Valley Summer Drive-In presents La Bamba at Westfield Fashion Square.

Aug 16: Street Food Cinema presents Mean Girls at King Gillette Ranch.

Aug 16: Rooftop Movies at the Montalbán presents BlacKkKlansman at Ricardo Montalbán Theatre.

Aug 21: Rooftop Movies at the Montalbán presents Dirty Dancing at Ricardo Montalbán Theatre.

Aug 22: Rooftop Movies at the Montalbán presents Joker at Ricardo Montalbán Theatre.

Aug 23: Rooftop Movies at the Montalbán presents The Goonies at Ricardo Montalbán Theatre.

Aug 24: Movies in Your Car presents Frozen II at Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Aug 25: Movies in Your Car presents Edward Scissorhands at Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Aug 26: A Night at the Drive-In presents Coming to America + Girls Trip at Vineland Drive-In Theatre.

Aug 26: Movies in Your Car presents The Sandlot at Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Aug 28: Rooftop Movies at the Montalbán presents Fight Club at Ricardo Montalbán Theatre.

Aug 29: Street Food Cinema presents The Big Lebowski at Brandeis-Bardin Campus.

Aug 29: Rooftop Movies at the Montalbán presents Grease at Ricardo Montalbán Theatre.

Aug 30: Street Food Cinema presents The Breakfast Club at Brandeis-Bardin Campus.

Aug 30: Rooftop Movies at the Montalbán presents TBA at Ricardo Montalbán Theatre.

Aug 31: Movies in Your Car presents The Lion King (2019) at Ventura County Fairgrounds.

September

Sept 4: Street Food Cinema presents Zootopia at Brandeis-Bardin Campus.

Sept 4: Street Food Cinema presents Bridesmaids at King Gillette Ranch.

Sept 5: Street Food Cinema presents Labyrinth at Brandeis-Bardin Campus.

Sept 6: Street Food Cinema presents La La Land at Brandeis-Bardin Campus.

Sept 6: Street Food Cinema presents Purple Rain at King Gillette Ranch.

Sept 7: Street Food Cinema presents Jurassic Park at King Gillette Ranch.

Sept 11: San Fernando Valley Drive-In presents Clueless + Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at Westfield Fashion Square.

Sept 12: San Fernando Valley Drive-In presents Batman + Terminator 2 at Westfield Fashion Square.

Sept 18: Street Food Cinema presents Coco at King Gillette Ranch.

Sept 19: Street Food Cinema presents Get Out at King Gillette Ranch.

Sept 20: Street Food Cinema presents La La Land at King Gillette Ranch.

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Stay tuned for more screenings to be added throughout the year.

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