Spring Fling: The Best Outdoor Movie Screenings in Los Angeles This Season

As Angelenos adjust to rubbing shoulders again with perfect strangers, we present the most unique movie experiences in town

Rooftop Cinema Club Whether you’re visiting the Arts District or the Downtown Historic Core location, expect a spectacular view of the L.A. skyline alongside Hollywood’s cult classics, which range from family-appropriate The Sandlot to adult favorite Pulp Fiction. You can grab vegan popcorn and a beer or mocktail. For a more immersive experience, try the wireless headphones. There’s even extra-cushy seating for the more sensitive tuchus. ($20 to $25). ROW DTLA, 777 S. Alameda St.; Level Hotel, 888 S. Olive St. rooftopcinemaclub.com.

American Cinematheque A self-proclaimed “year-round film festival,” this L.A.-based nonprofit organization focuses on bringing cinephiles together to celebrate the art of cinema. Screenings are regularly held at the Aero Theatre and the Los Feliz 3 Theatre. The Egyptian Theatre is currently closed until further notice. Follow the group’s Instagram or visit its website for updates on films, discussions, book signings, and other events. ($8 to $13). Multiple locations. americancinematheque.com.

Brain Dead Studios Built as a silent-film theater in 1942, Brain Dead Studios has become a meeting ground for film, food, and fashion enthusiasts alike. Each month, it releases a calendar of selected films based on a theme. Recent screenings billed under “XXX” included Showgirls and Barbarella. Visit the Slammers Cafe patio for coffee, food, and sweets, or shop at the store upstairs, where you’ll find clothing, accessories, and vinyl records. ($12). 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Beverly Grove. studios.wearebraindead.com.

Cinespia Famous for events at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Cinespia will celebrate its twenty-second anniversary this summer with picnic-style movie showings held also at the Greek Theatre and Los Angeles State Historic Park. As with Street Food Cinema, guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or low-seated chairs. Last year’s offerings included Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Ghostbusters, and Twilight. A highlight was special screenings at the French Baroque-styled Los Angeles Theatre, built in 1931. ($22). Multiple locations. cinespia.org.

David Geffen Theater Located at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, this 34,000-square-foot state-of-the-art theater seats nearly 1,000 people and presents acclaimed films, old and new. Experience the Sunday Supper menu at Fanny’s restaurant, which currently pairs Italian wine with Godfather-inspired dishes such as Don Vito Corleone’s Bread and Olive Oil and Clemenza’s Sunday Gravy. ($5 to $10). 6067 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-City. academymuseum.org.

Ipic Westwood If theaters adopted the luxury tenets of air travel, then Ipic would qualify as first-class. Seating is spacious and plusher than most home couches. A side table accommodates all the accoutrements of a movie experience or an actual meal, like spicy tuna on crispy rice and tandoori chicken skewers. Feeling chilly? At the touch of a button, a server will deliver a blanket. This kind of pampering doesn’t come cheap. Membership costs $29, but the payoff in discounted tickets and peace of mind is immediate. ($12 to $25). Multiple locations, ipic.com.

Melrose Rooftop Theatre Cozy up on warm summer nights and experience rooftop cinema where some of America’s favorite films were born. Nestled in West Hollywood on the roof of E.P. & L.P. restaurant, the venue offers several viewing experiences, such as the ultimate date night, which includes reserved beanbag chairs, champagne, blankets, gelato, charcuterie, popcorn, and candy. ($25 to $199). 603 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, melroserooftoptheatre.com.

Street Food Cinema Street Food Cinema brings together some of the city’s best street-food vendors and fan-favorite films to the Autry Museum, Los Angeles State Historic Park, Will Rogers State Historic Park, and other noteworthy sites. This month, it’ll show Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and host separate Golden Girls-themed nights, screening several acclaimed episodes featuring the silver-haired darlings. ($25 to $119). Multiple locations, streetfoodcinema.com

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