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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 in your own car

Michael Juliano
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Michael Juliano
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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 and continue into the fall, be it atop rooftop bars, at L.A.’s best parks or even at a Hollywood cemetery.

Most of our old favorites have returned outdoors, but there are still a couple of notable drive-in ones—enough so that we’ve split up our schedule between true outdoor screenings and drive-in ones. Wherever they end up, moviegoers can still pack together some picnic food or pick up some on-site snacks and catch films both old and new. (If you’re looking for a fun date idea, this one takes the cake.) Be sure to check back all year long for updates on the list, as new screenings are always being added.

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

For screenings with multiple movies on a single night, each film is separately ticketed unless otherwise noted.

OUTDOOR SCREENINGS

December

Dec 1: Rooftop Cinema Club presents The Royal Tenenbaums at LEVEL (DTLA).

Dec 2: Rooftop Cinema Club presents Elf at LEVEL (DTLA).

Dec 3: Rooftop Movies at the Montalbán presents National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at the Montalbán.

Dec 3: Rooftop Cinema Club presents Edward Scissorhands + Love Actually at LEVEL (DTLA).

Dec 3: Movies on the Roof presents Miracle on 34th Street at Westfield Fashion Square.

Dec 4: Yuletide Cinemaland presents Elf at Heritage Square Museum.

Dec 4: Rooftop Movies at the Montalbán presents The Holiday at the Montalbán.

Dec 4: Rooftop Cinema Club presents Little Women + Friday After Next at LEVEL (DTLA).

Dec 4: Movies on the Roof presents Bad Santa at Westfield Fashion Square.

Dec 5: Rooftop Movies at the Montalbán presents Friday After Next at the Montalbán.

Dec 5: Melrose Rooftop Theatre presents Home Alone at E.P. & L.P.

Dec 5: Rooftop Cinema Club presents Home Alone + National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at LEVEL (DTLA).

Dec 6: Melrose Rooftop Theatre presents Elf at E.P. & L.P.

Dec 7: Melrose Rooftop Theatre presents Four Christmases at E.P. & L.P.

Dec 7: Rooftop Cinema Club presents Elf at LEVEL (DTLA).

Dec 8: Melrose Rooftop Theatre presents How the Grinch Stole Christmas at E.P. & L.P.

Dec 8: Rooftop Cinema Club presents Carol at LEVEL (DTLA).

Dec 9: Melrose Rooftop Theatre presents Trading Places at E.P. & L.P.

Dec 9: Rooftop Cinema Club presents Serendipity + Last Holiday at LEVEL (DTLA).

Dec 10: Rooftop Movies at the Montalbán presents The Family Man at the Montalbán.

Dec 10: Rooftop Cinema Club presents Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone + Black Christmas at LEVEL (DTLA).

Dec 10: Movies on the Roof presents Home Alone 2 at Westfield Fashion Square.

Dec 11: Yuletide Cinemaland presents The Santa Clause at Heritage Square Museum.

Dec 11: Rooftop Movies at the Montalbán presents Love Actually at the Montalbán.

Dec 11: Rooftop Cinema Club presents Home Alone + Home Alone 2: Lost in New York at LEVEL (DTLA).

Dec 11: Movies on the Roof presents Batman Returns at Westfield Fashion Square.

Dec 12: Rooftop Movies at the Montalbán presents It’s a Wonderful Life at the Montalbán.

Dec 12: Melrose Rooftop Theatre presents Bad Santa at E.P. & L.P.

Dec 12: Rooftop Cinema Club presents Elf + Fargo at LEVEL (DTLA).

Dec 13: Melrose Rooftop Theatre presents National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at E.P. & L.P.

Dec 14: Melrose Rooftop Theatre presents The Holiday at E.P. & L.P.

Dec 14: Rooftop Cinema Club presents The Holiday at LEVEL (DTLA).

Dec 15: Melrose Rooftop Theatre presents Lethal Weapon at E.P. & L.P.

Dec 15: Rooftop Cinema Club presents Love Actually at LEVEL (DTLA).

Dec 16: Melrose Rooftop Theatre presents Home Alone 2 at E.P. & L.P.

Dec 16: Rooftop Cinema Club presents Elf + Night of the Comet at LEVEL (DTLA).

Dec 17: Rooftop Cinema Club presents National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation + The Night Before at LEVEL (DTLA).

Dec 17: Movies on the Roof presents Jingle All the Way at Westfield Fashion Square.

Dec 18: Yuletide Cinemaland presents Home Alone 2 at Heritage Square Museum.

Dec 18: Rooftop Movies at the Montalbán presents How the Grinch Stole Christmas + Gremlins at the Montalbán.

Dec 18: Rooftop Cinema Club presents It’s a Wonderful Life + Die Hard at LEVEL (DTLA).

Dec 18: Movies on the Roof presents Elf at Westfield Fashion Square.

Dec 19: Yuletide Cinemaland presents It’s a Wonderful Life at Heritage Square Museum.

Dec 19: Rooftop Movies at the Montalbán presents Just Friends + White Christmas at the Montalbán.

Dec 19: Melrose Rooftop Theatre presents Home Alone at E.P. & L.P.

Dec 19: Rooftop Cinema Club presents Home Alone + Elf at LEVEL (DTLA).

Dec 20: Yuletide Cinemaland presents A Christmas Story at Heritage Square Museum.

Dec 20: Melrose Rooftop Theatre presents Die Hard at E.P. & L.P.

Dec 21: Yuletide Cinemaland presents Home Alone at Heritage Square Museum.

Dec 21: Rooftop Movies at the Montalbán presents The Nightmare Before Christmas at the Montalbán.

Dec 21: Melrose Rooftop Theatre presents Home Alone 2 at E.P. & L.P.

Dec 22: Yuletide Cinemaland presents How the Grinch Stole Christmas at Heritage Square Museum.

Dec 22: Melrose Rooftop Theatre presents Love Actually at E.P. & L.P.

Dec 23: Yuletide Cinemaland presents Elf at Heritage Square Museum.

Dec 23: Melrose Rooftop Theatre presents Jingle All the Way at E.P. & L.P.

Dec 24: Melrose Rooftop Theatre presents Elf at E.P. & L.P.

Dec 26: Yuletide Cinemaland presents When Harry Met Sally… at Heritage Square Museum.

DRIVE-IN SCREENINGS

December

Dec 4: Rooftop Cinema Club presents National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation + The Holiday at Santa Monica Airport.

Dec 6: Rooftop Cinema Club presents Elf + Love Actually at Santa Monica Airport.

Dec 7: Rooftop Cinema Club presents Home Alone + Fargo at Santa Monica Airport.

Dec 9: Rooftop Cinema Club presents Arthur Christmas + The Holiday + The Thing at Santa Monica Airport.

Dec 10: Rooftop Cinema Club presents Elf + Love Actually + National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at Santa Monica Airport.

Dec 11: Rooftop Cinema Club presents How the Grinch Stole Christmas + A Christmas Story + Gremlins + Die Hard at Santa Monica Airport.

Dec 12: Rooftop Cinema Club presents The Polar Express + A Muppet Christmas Carol + The Santa Clause + Jingle All the Way + Batman Returns at Santa Monica Airport.

Dec 13: Rooftop Cinema Club presents Home Alone + Elf at Santa Monica Airport.

Dec 14: Rooftop Cinema Club presents Love Actually + Office Christmas Party at Santa Monica Airport.

Dec 15: Rooftop Cinema Club presents Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone + Bad Santa at Santa Monica Airport.

Dec 16: Rooftop Cinema Club presents The Grinch + Anna & the Apocalypse at Santa Monica Airport.

Dec 17: Rooftop Cinema Club presents Happy Feet + National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation + The Night Before at Santa Monica Airport.

Dec 18: Rooftop Cinema Club presents The Polar Express + Elf + Home Alone + Home Alone 2: Lost in New York + Friday After Next at Santa Monica Airport.

Dec 19: Rooftop Cinema Club presents Arthur Christmas + How the Grinch Stole Christmas + It’s a Wonderful Life + Love Actually + Black Christmas at Santa Monica Airport.

Dec 20: Rooftop Cinema Club presents The Grinch + Elf + Home Alone at Santa Monica Airport.

Dec 21: Rooftop Cinema Club presents The Polar Express + National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation + The Holiday at Santa Monica Airport.

Dec 22: Rooftop Cinema Club presents It’s a Wonderful Life + Home Alone + Die Hard at Santa Monica Airport.

Dec 23: Rooftop Cinema Club presents Elf at Santa Monica Airport.

Dec 27: Rooftop Cinema Club presents Paw-Patrol: The Movie + La La Land + The Shining at Santa Monica Airport.

Dec 28: Rooftop Cinema Club presents 10 Things I Hate About You + About Time + Pulp Fiction at Santa Monica Airport.

Dec 29: Rooftop Cinema Club presents Sing + Forrest Gump + A Nightmare on Elm Street at Santa Monica Airport.

Dec 30: Rooftop Cinema Club presents Ratatouille + The Great Gatsby + Scream at Santa Monica Airport.

Dec 31: Rooftop Cinema Club presents Happy Feet + Guardians of the Galaxy + The Wizard of Oz at Santa Monica Airport.

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