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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

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 both our long-standing outdoor series favorites as well as some new ones as they flip to more social-distancing–friendly formats. 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. 

September

Sept 3: Come See Summer Movie Series presents Big at Westfield Century City.

Sept 3: The Plant Drive-In presents The Goonies at Regency Theatres Van Nuys Plant 16.

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

Sept 4: Sony Pictures Drive-In Experience presents Men in Black at Sony Pictures Studio Lot.

Sept 4: Late Night Drive-In presents Wild in the Streets at Andaz West Hollywood.

Sept 4: Come See Summer Movie Series presents Big at Westfield Century City.

Sept 4: The Plant Drive-In presents Instructions Not Included at Regency Theatres Van Nuys Plant 16.

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

Sept 5: Sony Pictures Drive-In Experience presents Bad Boys for Life at Sony Pictures Studio Lot.

Sept 5: Late Night Drive-In presents The Talented Mr. Ripley + Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at Andaz West Hollywood.

Sept 5: Poolside Cinema presents The Sandlot at the Fairmont Miramar.

Sept 5: Come See Summer Movie Series presents Big at Westfield Century City.

Sept 5: Drive-in at the Park presents Cool Runnings at Exposition Park.

Sept 5: The Plant Drive-In presents Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse at Regency Theatres Van Nuys Plant 16.

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

Sept 6: Sony Pictures Drive-In Experience presents Jumani: The Next Level at Sony Pictures Studio Lot.

Sept 6: The Plant Drive-In presents Selena at Regency Theatres Van Nuys Plant 16.

Sept 10: Come See Summer Movie Series presents Hook at Westfield Century City.

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

Sept 11: Late Night Drive-In presents Thunderbolt and Lightfoot at Andaz West Hollywood.

Sept 11: Come See Summer Movie Series presents Hook at Westfield Century City.

Sept 11: Street Food Cinema presents Bridesmaids at Brandeis-Bardin Campus.

Sept 11: Parking Lot Cinema presents Alien + Aliens at Electric Dusk Drive-In.

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

Sept 12: Late Night Drive-In presents Catch Me If You Can at Andaz West Hollywood.

Sept 12: Poolside Cinema presents Toy Story at the Fairmont Miramar.

Sept 12: Come See Summer Movie Series presents Hook at Westfield Century City.

Sept 12: Street Food Cinema presents Jurassic Park at Brandeis-Bardin Campus.

Sept 12: Rose Bowl Drive-In presents Black Panther at the Rose Bowl.

Sept 12: Parking Lot Cinema presents Star Wars: A New Hope + Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back at Electric Dusk Drive-In.

Sept 13: Street Food Cinema presents Purple Rain at Brandeis-Bardin Campus.

Sept 13: Rose Bowl Drive-In presents The Greatest Showman at the Rose Bowl.

Sept 13: Parking Lot Cinema presents Wall-E at Electric Dusk Drive-In.

Sept 17: Parking Lot Cinema presents Tron + The Last Starfighter at Electric Dusk Drive-In.

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

Sept 18: Late Night Drive-In presents Blow-Up at Andaz West Hollywood.

Sept 18: Cinemauto presents Selena at 713 North Hill Street (Chinatown).

Sept 18: The Frida Cinema Drive-In Experience presents Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope at Zion Lutheran Church & School (Anaheim).

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

Sept 19: Late Night Drive-In presents Dead Calm at Andaz West Hollywood.

Sept 19: Poolside Cinema presents Harry Potter at the Fairmont Miramar.

Sept 19: Cinemauto presents Selena at 713 North Hill Street (Chinatown).

Sept 19: Movies in Your Car presents My Big Fat Greek Wedding at Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Sept 19: The Frida Cinema Drive-In Experience presents Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back at Zion Lutheran Church & School (Anaheim).

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

Sept 20: Drive-In Movie Nights at Mel’s presents Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at Mel’s Drive-In West Hollywood.

Sept 20: The Frida Cinema Drive-In Experience presents Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi at Zion Lutheran Church & School (Anaheim).

Sept 22: The Frida Cinema Drive-In Experience presents Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster at Mess Hall at FLIGHT (Tustin).

Sept 23: Movies in Your Car presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Sept 23: Upstairs Cinema Series presents The Dark Divide at Upstairs at Ace Hotel.

Sept 25: Late Night Drive-In presents The Big Sleep + Double Indemnity at Andaz West Hollywood.

Sept 25: The Frida Cinema Drive-In Experience presents Scanners + The Brood at Mess Hall at FLIGHT (Tustin).

Sept 26: Late Night Drive-In presents Truck Turner at Andaz West Hollywood.

Sept 26: Poolside Cinema presents Madagascar at the Fairmont Miramar.

Sept 26: Drive-in at the Park presents Black Panther at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.

Sept 26: The Frida Cinema Drive-In Experience presents Psycho + The Birds at Zion Lutheran Church & School (Anaheim).

Sept 27: Drive-In Movie Nights at Mel’s presents Grease at Mel’s Drive-In West Hollywood.

Sept 29: Movies in Your Car presents The Big Lebowski at Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Sept 29: The Frida Cinema Drive-In Experience presents Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me at Mess Hall at FLIGHT (Tustin).

Sept 30: Movies in Your Car presents Pretty Woman at Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Sept 30: Upstairs Cinema Series presents Foster Boy at Upstairs at Ace Hotel.

October

Oct 1: Movies in Your Car presents Jerry Maguire at Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Oct 2: Late Night Drive-In presents Burn! at Andaz West Hollywood.

Oct 2: Drive-in at the Park presents Remember the Titans at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area.

Oct 2: Family Style Fest & Blondie Beach’s Drive-Thru Theater presents Back to the Future + Back to the Future II at 713 North Hill Street (Chinatown).

Oct 2: The Frida Cinema Drive-In Experience presents Night of the Living Dead + Evil Dead at Mess Hall at FLIGHT (Tustin).

Oct 3: Late Night Drive-In presents Breathless at Andaz West Hollywood.

Oct 3: Poolside Cinema presents Hook at the Fairmont Miramar.

Oct 3: Drive-in at the Park presents Moana at Magic Johnson Park.

Oct 3: Family Style Fest & Blondie Beach’s Drive-Thru Theater presents Back to the Future + Back to the Future II at 713 North Hill Street (Chinatown).

Oct 4: Family Style Fest & Blondie Beach’s Drive-Thru Theater presents Back to the Future + Back to the Future II at 713 North Hill Street (Chinatown).

Oct 4: Drive-In Movie Nights at Mel’s presents Jaws at Mel’s Drive-In West Hollywood.

Oct 7: Upstairs Cinema Series presents The Planters at Upstairs at Ace Hotel.

Oct 9: Late Night Drive-In presents The Long Goodbye at Andaz West Hollywood.

Oct 9: The Frida Cinema Drive-In Experience presents Possessor (UNCUT) at Mess Hall at FLIGHT (Tustin).

Oct 10: Late Night Drive-In presents The Man Who Fell to Earth at Andaz West Hollywood.

Oct 10: Poolside Cinema presents How to Train Your Dragon at the Fairmont Miramar.

Oct 11: Drive-In Movie Nights at Mel’s presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Mel’s Drive-In West Hollywood.

Oct 16: San Fernando Valley Drive-In presents Edward Scissorhands + Pet Sematary at Westfield Fashion Square.

Oct 16: Cinemauto presents TBA at 713 North Hill Street (Chinatown).

Oct 16: The Frida Cinema Drive-In Experience presents Chopping Mall + Puppet Master at Mess Hall at FLIGHT (Tustin).

Oct 17: San Fernando Valley Drive-In presents Labyrinth + Child’s Play at Westfield Fashion Square.

Oct 17: Poolside Cinema presents Cheaper by the Dozen at the Fairmont Miramar.

Oct 17: Cinemauto presents TBA at 713 North Hill Street (Chinatown).

Oct 23: San Fernando Valley Drive-In presents Casper + Poltergeist at Westfield Fashion Square.

Oct 24: San Fernando Valley Drive-In presents Hotel Transylvania + Scream at Westfield Fashion Square.

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November

Nov 13: Cinemauto presents TBA at 713 North Hill Street.

Nov 14: Cinemauto presents TBA at 713 North Hill Street.

December

Dec 11: Cinemauto presents TBA at 713 North Hill Street.

Dec 12: Cinemauto presents TBA at 713 North Hill Street.

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

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