Front Porch Cinema

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Front Porch Cinema
Photograph: Courtesy Santa Monica Pier Front Porch Cinema.

With summer movie season behind us, get your outdoor film fix at an equally alluring venue: the Santa Monica Pier. Every Friday night in October, this Eat|See|Hear-curated series unfolds a chair on the Pacific's front porch. Enjoy a combination of music and films in the ocean breeze—ranging from fun family flicks to throught-provoking docs. Plus, you can show up early for the "Cinema Lounge," which pairs movie-themed cocktails and food vendors with each film.

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Probably my favorite way to watch a movie in LA. The timing always works out where you catch the most spectacular sunset on the pier before the movie begins. You can bring your own chair (no enforced height limits) or you can rent onsite. There are food trucks, but Pier Burger is always the best idea. The carnival rides can be a little distracting, but the light can be helpful when trying to maneuver to the bathroom in the dark, and it just serves as a reminder that you're watching a movie on the pier.