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Cinespia’s headed back to the cemetery this summer. Here’s a look at the lineup.

Including a Pride night at Hollywood Forever.

Michael Juliano
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Michael Juliano

What’s summer in L.A. without a little bit of classic cinema in a cemetery? Cinespia has already announced a brief slate of off-site movies in May in Chinatown and Pasadena, but now the cemetery screening series has released the first batch of films it’ll be showing at its Hollywood home.

Se7en (May 26), Legally Blonde (June 1), Dazed and Confused (June 8), Across the Universe (June 15), an L.A. Pride-partnered screening of D.E.B.S. (June 22) and What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? (June 29) round out the first of Cinespia’s screenings at Hollywood Forever Cemetery this year.

If L.A.’s not-as-macabre-as-it-sounds rite of passage has eluded you, here’s the deal: Since 2002, Cinespia has projected movies onto the side of a mausoleum at Hollywood Forever. Thousands of picnickers show up early to claim a spot on the Fairbanks Lawn and dig into their BYO snacks and drinks (yep, including beer and wine—though not at the L.A. State Historic Park screenings). That’s in addition to the hot food, popcorn and beer and wine for sale on the grounds of the outdoor movie series.

It’s not just the cemetery setting that sets Cinespia apart: Each screening is preceded and followed by a DJ set, as well as some remarkably elaborate photo backdrops that you can pose in front of for free. For example, for this June’s lineup you can expect a bubblegum pink photo booth for Legally Blonde and a Beatles-themed one for Across the Universe.

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Before it heads back to the cemetery, as has been the tradition for the past few years now, Cinespia will kick off its 2024 season with a pair of screenings at L.A. State Historic Park, plus its first-ever event at the Rose Bowl. You can see Mamma Mia! (May 10) and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (May 17) in Chinatown and Almost Famous (May 25) in Pasadena.

General admission tickets for the cemetery screenings, presented by Amazon MGM Studios, cost $22, while on-site parking is $30. You can search for free street parking in the streets surrounding the cemetery, but it’s pretty limited—chances are you may have to resort to one of the paid garages near the Paramount Pictures studio to the south.

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