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Outdoor Summer Movies in LA

Updated for 2024

Summer means it’s time to get outside and have fun. What better way to celebrate than taking the family to a movie under the stars? Parks, schools, museums, and even rooftops are some of the great places to see outdoor movies in Los Angeles.

We’ve checked and updated the schedules, and we’ll keep checking all summer to make sure this info is fresh.

There are pop-up drive-ins all over SoCal, and you can find their schedules here, too. Plus, we are very excited about seeing movies while sitting on a blanket or in beach chairs.

But, what if you’d rather stay indoors? No problem! We’ve got a great list of bargain movies showing at some of the theater chains this summer, too: like the Regal Summer Movie Express and the AMC Summer Movie Camp.

Wherever you catch a movie this summer, we hope you’ll enjoy it!

Outdoor Summer Movies in Los Angeles and SoCal for 2024

Street Food Cinema
Multiple locations

Street Food Cinema makes going to the movies an event. They offer a wide range of movies, food trucks, live music (before the film), and community fun. This summer, their locations include the Autry Museum and LA State Historic Park, among others. Check the website for details about dates, films, and locations — and to purchase tickets in advance.

Note: Not all movies are family-friendly, so check the schedule to find ones your family will enjoy.

movie screen set up outdoors in Los Angeles

Rooftop Cinema Club
888 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, CA 90014

Watch movies on a rooftop while seated in a comfortable deck chair. State-of-the-art wireless headphones are available so nothing will distract you from the classic dialogue and summer movie fun!

Rooftop Cinema Club is also offering special Adirondack loveseats for two so you can snuggle close with your sweetheart and enjoy a show this summer. RCC’s movie times vary from night to night, so watch movie start times closely so you can enjoy a movie night under the sky. Check out their website to view their entire schedule!

Rooftop Cinema Pop-up Drive-in
Rooftop Cinema Club The Drive-In at Santa Monica Airport (photo used with permission)

Movies On The Roof 
Westfield Fashion Square On The Roof of the Parking Garage
14006 Riverside Dr., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Movies On The Roof offers an alfresco summer movie-screening experience at Westfield Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks every weekend from May 10th – November 30th. The screenings include comfortable seating, state-of-the-art projection and sound, and valley views in an upscale event space on the parking garage rooftop of Westfield Fashion Square. Tickets are $20 and include complimentary popcorn.

Come early to the screening and enjoy live music from local musicians, raffle giveaways, lawn games, and more. Upcoming screenings at Movies On The Roof include Wonder Woman (May 10), Guardians of the Galaxy (June 8), Independence Day (July 5), Remember the Titans, and more!

Movies on the Roof at Westfield Fashion Square
Movies on the Roof at Westfield Fashion Square

Multiple locations:

Cinespia screens terrific movies at locations around LA, like Hollywood Forever Cemetery, LA State Historic Park, and The Greek Theatre. Audiences enjoy pre-show fun including DJs and themed photo booths — and don’t forget to bring a picnic.

Cinespia Outdoor Summer Movie titles include:

  • Mamma Mia! — Friday, May 10th at LA State Historic Park
  • Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers — Friday, May 17th at LA State Historic Park
  • Legally Blonde — Saturday, June 1st at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
  • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? — Saturday, June 29th at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
  • and more!

Note: not all movies are family-friendly.

Movies in the Park
Summitridge Park, 1425 Summitridge Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765

The City of Diamond Bar invites families to its Concerts and Movies in the Park series happening on Wednesday evenings from June 12th through August. These free events begin at 6:30 pm and end at 8:00 pm and feature a variety of musical genres. There will be a special patriotic concert to celebrate Independence Day as well! A family-friendly movie will follow each concert at sundown.

Movies in the Park @ Warner Park
5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Movies are a great summer tradition, and for these movies, hosted by the Valley Cultural Foundation, everyone is welcome. Saturday nights in August, bring a picnic, blankets, low chairs, and pillows, and get ready for good music and good times.

Movies on the Lawn
Jamaica Bay Inn, 4175 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Head over to the Jamaica Bay Inn on Sundays and you can watch free movies — and maybe purchase one of their tasty picnic meals to go! Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. with movies starting at dusk. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. It’s acceptable to bring blankets, pillows, and low chairs for seating comfort during the movie screenings. Guests are encouraged to register ahead of time online.

Queen Mary Movie Nights
1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, CA 90802

One Wednesday per month this summer, starting on May 15th, come enjoy themed outdoor movie nights aboard the Queen Mary. Movies will be held through September and are free with a reservation. You can arrive as early as 6 p.m. but movies start at dusk. And, for a fee, you can upgrade to a date night package (must be at least 21 years old) that includes reserved couch seating, small snacks, and more.

poolside cinema with the family and dinner at the Fairmont Miramar hotel in Santa Monica
Want to watch a family-friendly movie poolside? Check out the Poolside Cinema Series at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica. (Photo courtesy of the Fairmont Miramar.)

PCH Movies and Moonlight
6400 East Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, CA 90803

PCH Movies & Moonlight returns this summer for their annual screenings at 6 p.m. Movies are complimentary to the community; self-seating will be available on a first-come first-serve basis. Pets are welcome but must remain leashed and under physical control at all times. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. 2ND & PCH offers an array of restaurants, retailers, and specialty services within the center for the community to enjoy before, during, or after the movie.

Related: Summer Bargain Movies for Kids at Los Angeles Movie Theater Chains

Moorpark Movies in the Park
Arroyo Vista Community Park

4550 Tierra Rejada Rd., Moorpark, CA 93021

On the second Saturday of each month starting in June, you can see a free movie in the park in Moorpark. Shows will start at dusk with gates opening an hour earlier. Grab your lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks, and get ready for a fun evening. Vendors will be available. No animals are allowed other than service animals.

Movie Night Under the Stars
1196 Portside Dr., Ventura, CA 93001

You can watch a funny movie under the stars seaside this summer at Ventura Harbor on May 17th. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. and the movie, The Parent Trap, starts at 8:00 p.m. Bring your blanket or a low chair and watch for free. Food will be available for purchase.

Related: Summer Concerts all over SoCal

Outdoor Movies at the Skirball
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

Watch the sunset and “Delight in movie magic under the stars, cocktails, popcorn, and a trip to the galleries — all in one night!” The Skirball will be showing one movie per month in May, June, and July. Each film is on a Friday night at 8:30 p.m. and each one is family friendly. See more details online, including where to park for free and how to get tickets to each movie.

Summer Outdoor Movie Nights at Ventura Harbor
Summer Outdoor Movie Nights at Ventura Harbor, photo used with permission

Parks After Dark
34 LA County Park Locations all over SoCal

LA County is bringing back its popular FREE summer movie and concert series at 34 area parks this summer. With movies, concerts, and events for families of all ages, you’re bound to have fun! The movie nights also include an arts and crafts activity as well as health resources for all. Click over to see the event schedule at a park near you.

Want to see a movie at a Classic SoCal Drive-in? Check out this list of great places.

City of San Gabriel Summer Movies
Multiple locations around San Gabriel

San Gabriel’s popular annual summer entertainment series returns with free movies, providing residents and guests with plenty of family-friendly fun and free experiences to enjoy on southern California’s cool summer nights. Bring a blanket and enjoy free outdoor movies throughout San Gabriel on select dates in June and July.

Outdoor Summer Movies in Los Angeles and SoCal — Not Yet Confirmed for 2024

Boat Cinema
32132 Castaic Lake Dr., Castaic, CA 91384

Yes, you can watch movies on a boat this summer. Head out to Castaic and have a super fun summer experience with your family. It’s pet-friendly, too! Picnic meals are made to order and served on your very own boat for the evening! Or you can even get a season pass. Enjoy!

Plaza West Covina
Summer Movie Night Flix Series, 112 Plaza Dr., West Covina, CA 91790

Plaza West Covina — in partnership with the City of West Covina and sponsored by Regal Medical Group and Athens Services — is excited to announce its Summer Movie Night Flix Series, on the roof of the parking garage. Attendees are asked to bring their own beach/lawn chairs and come ready to enjoy a night of family entertainment, games, and giveaways.

Summer Outdoor Movie Nights
Ventura Harbor Village, 1583 Spinnaker Dr., Ventura, CA 93001

The 2023 Summer Outdoor Movie Nights will take place on the last Saturday of each month: June 24, July 29, and August 26, 2023, at sunset on the Ventura Harbor Village Main Lawn. Gather under the starry skies and enjoy a fantastic lineup of films against the picturesque backdrop at sunset at Ventura Harbor.  Parking and admission to the movie nights are complimentary. Movie-goers are encouraged to bring blankets, low chairs, and their enthusiasm to support local businesses at Ventura Harbor Village for a summer night movie fun. Movie lineup: June 24: Jaws, July 29: Goonies, and August 26: Moana.

Marina Movie Nights
13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Marina Movie Nights returns for a free summer series on select summer Saturdays in July and August. Movies will play at 8 pm, but arrive early to pick your spot on the grass — seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. You can bring a picnic, a blanket, and a low beach chair. Stay tuned to their website to get the upcoming movie line-up!

Melrose Rooftop Theatre
603 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

A unique outdoor cinema experience nestled in the heart of West Hollywood’s fashion and design precinct. The Melrose Rooftop Theatre is attached to the property occupied by E.P. & L.P. and the entry is via the lobby at 603 N La Cienega Boulevard, West Hollywood.

poolside cinema with dinner at the Fairmont Miramar hotel in Santa Monica
The Poolside Cinema experience, complete with dinner, at the Fairmont Miramar (photo used with permission)

Pleasant Valley Movies in the Park
Community Center Park, 1605 Burnley St., Camarillo, CA 93010

On select Fridays from June through August you can watch free movies in the park, enjoy live music, and play family games. Movies start at 8:15 pm and food trucks will be available as early as 6 pm. Seating will be on the lawn at each event and is on a first-come, first-served basis. You can “bring blankets, low folding chairs, and a picnic to enjoy during the movie”.

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