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Outdoor Summer Movies in LA

Updated for 2021

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!

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Outdoor Summer Movies in Los Angeles

Street Food Cinema

Street Food Cinema makes going to the movies an event. During the pandemic, they launched a pop-up drive-in series, but they will once again show movies for people to sit outside and watch starting May 28th, 2022.

They offer a wide range of movies, food trucks, live music (before the film), and community fun. This summer, their locations include Will Rogers State Historic Park, 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.

Here’s a partial summer schedule:

  • May 28: 10 Things I Hate About You at Will Rogers State Historic Park and Jurassic Park at The Autry Museum
  • June 4: Sunset Blvd. at Poinsettia Park and The Mummy at Brand Park
  • June 11: Pitch Perfect at Verdugo Park and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World at Veterans Memorial Park
  • June 18: Black Panther at The Autry Museum and Mrs. Doubtfire at Will Rogers State Historic Park
  • June 25: Back to the Future at The Autry Museum and Bohemian Rhapsody at Poinsettia Park
  • July 2: A League of Their Own at Veterans Memorial Park, Independence Day at The Autry Museum, and The Avengers at Will Rogers State Historic Park
  • July 9: Friday at Exposition Park and The Princess Bride at The Autry Museum

Parks After Dark
34 LA County Parks Locations all over SoCal

LA County is bringing back their popular FREE summer movie and concert series at 34 area parks this summer. With movies like Scoob!, Godzilla vs. Kong, Onward, and Sonic the Hedgehog, you’re sure 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.

Related: Summer Concerts all over SoCal

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

Rooftop Cinema Club

Rooftop Cinema Club will return to its Downtown LA location this summer! 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!

They also have a location in El Segundo as a pop-up drive-in. Click to get all the details and order tickets in advance. Note that they often show double features, so be sure to look at the showtimes before you purchase tickets; the film you want to see may not begin until 11 pm.

Rooftop is also offering special family-friendly screenings this summer on an LED screen. RCC’s early screenings can start as early as 1 pm or somewhere between 4 and 5 pm, so watch movie times closely. They’ll open their 18+ rooftop venue to younger moviegoers for these early screenings and allow the whole family to enjoy a movie night under the sky.

Be sure to select “Kids” tickets for anyone under 18 years old, and as always, RCC suggests that you check the film’s rating before making plans as ratings will vary. Ticket prices range from $11.75 to $26.50. RCC’s headphones are one size, so we recommend bringing children ages 5 and up to ensure they’re able to tune into the film.

Here’s a partial El Segundo schedule:

  • May 24: Dirty Dancing
  • May 25: Crazy, Stupid, Love
  • May 26: Grease: Sing-Along
  • May 27: Mean Girls and 21 Jump Street
  • May 28: Ratatouille, Back to the Future, 10 Things I Hate About You, and It
  • May 29: Encanto, Casablanca: Open Captions, and When Harry Met Sally…
  • May 30: 50 First Dates
  • May 31: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • June 1: Death on the Nile (2022)
  • June 2: To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar
  • June 3: Spider-Man: No Way Home and Halloween Kills
  • June 4: Sing 2, The Princess Bride, Licorice Pizza, and True Romance
  • June 5: Up, The Goonies, Uncharted, and Kill Bill: Vol. I
  • June 6: West Side Story (2021)
  • June 7: Romeo & Juliet (1996)

Here’s a partial Downtown LA schedule:

  • May 24: Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood
  • May 25: The Royal TenenBaums
  • May 26: 10 Things I Hate About You and Scream (1996)
  • May 27: Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion
  • May 28: She’s All That and Jawbreaker
  • May 29: La La Land
  • May 30: Dirty Dancing and The Beach
  • May 31: Crazy, Stupid, Love and Leon: The Profesional
  • June 1: Drumline and American Psycho
  • June 2: Licorice Pizza and Carrie (1976)
  • June 3: Bridesmaids and A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
  • June 4: Love Jones: Open Captions and Beetlejuice
  • June 5: Scream (2022) and Drive
  • June 6: Grease: Sing-Along and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • June 7: Purple Rain
  • June 8: Jurassic Park and Belly
  • June 9: The Big Lebowski and Get Out
  • June 10: The Wood and The Craft
  • June 11: The Notebook and 500 Days of Summer
  • June 12: The Great Gatsby (2013)
  • June 13: Bring It On, and People’s Choice: Pick Your Reboot
  • June 14: The Birdcage and Dumb and Dumber
  • June 15: 10 Things I Hate About You and House Party

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

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.

Night Flix movie night dinner deals to be announced soon! Doors will open at 6 pm and the movie will begin at 8 pm or after the sun sets. Note: An RSVP will be required for every family member that will attend the event on all dates you want to attend.

July 6 – Raya and the Last Dragon
July 13 – Crudes: The New Age
July 20 – Abominable
July 27 – Onward

Catalina Island Museum
First Friday Films

Catalina Island Museum is thrilled to announce the return of its First Friday Films starting July 2 with the cult classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Taking place on the first Friday of every month through November, the Museum will screen popular films under the stars in the outdoor Ackerman Family Amphitheater.

The rest of the season’s films include The Princess Bride on August 6, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian on September 3, Titanic on October 1, and Edward Scissorhands on November 5. A variety of movie snacks along with wine and beer will be available for purchase. Tickets to First Friday Films are $12 per person and can be purchased online in advance.

Cinespia
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038

Hollywood Forever Cemetery is a memorable location to enjoy an outdoor movie, and Cinespia also screens films at historic theaters around LA. Audiences enjoy pre-show fun including DJs and themed photo booths — and don’t forget to bring a picnic.

They are kicking off the 2022 season on May 28th with a screening of Mean Girls. Check their website and social channels for updates on the rest of the summer.

Note: not all movies are family-friendly.

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

PCH Movies & Moonlight returns on Friday, June 3rd at sunset with a special feature of Hairspray. 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.  

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 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.

The Theatre is showing cult classic movies and new releases alike. The cinema utilizes wireless technology with individual headsets provided to guests to maximize the cinema experience. They’re offering a dinner and cocktail option as well! There’s a partial schedule below:

  • May 24: Boyz N The Hood
  • May 25: The Greatest Showman
  • May 26: Licorice Pizza
  • May 29: Scream
  • May 30: The Notebook
  • May 31: Selena
  • June 1: The Big Lebowski
  • June 2: Zoolander
  • June 3: The Birdcage

Eat See Hear

This terrific Summer movie company has announced they will not operate in 2021, but promises to bring their outdoor movies, music, and food truck experience back in 2022. Stay tuned!

Bargain Summer Movies Indoors at Theater Chains

Regal Summer Movie Express

Regal summer movie express for 2021 - promoting movies for $1

Back for 2021! The Regal Theater chain hosts their Summer Movie Express where they show family-friendly movies for $1 every Tuesday and Wednesday, all Summer long. Check the website to see the schedule and the participating local theaters.

The 2021 schedule:

  • May 25 + 26: Teen Titans Go! To The Movies and Wonder Park
  • June 1 + 2: Smurfs: The Lost Village and A Dog’s Way Home
  • June 8 + 9: Smallfoot and Playing with Fire
  • June 15 + 16: Lego Movie and Storks
  • June 22 + 23: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and The Emoji Movie
  • June 29 + 30: Pokemon Detective Pikachu and The Lego Batman Movie
  • July 6 + 7: The Croods: A New Age and Muppet Movie
  • July 13 + 14: Lego Ninjago Movie and Trolls World Tour
  • July 20 + 21: Sonic the Hedgehog and Sing
  • July 27 + 28: Spider-man Into the Spiderverse and Angry Birds Movie 2
  • August 3 + 4: Lego Movie 2 and Minions
  • August 10 + 11: Kung Fu Panda and Despicable Me
  • August 17 + 18: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World and Madagascar
  • August 24 + 25: Goosebumps and Dora: The Lost City of Gold
  • August 31 + September 1: The Secret Life of Pets and Dolittle
  • September 7 + 8: Teen Titans Go! To The Movies and Wonder Park

AMC Theaters Summer Movie Camp

little boy watching a movie and eating popcorn text AMC theaters Summer movie camp

Back again for Summer 2021, AMC Theaters shows kid-friendly movies on Wednesdays during the Summer, and your kid gets a ticket and a KidsPack for only $4! Check to be sure there are participating theaters near you – and to check the movie schedule.

2021 Summer Schedule includes:

  • Trolls
  • Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
  • Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
  • Peter Rabbit
  • Teen Titans Go! To The Movies
  • Wonder Park
  • Smallfoot
  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
  • The House with a Clock in its Walls
Los Angeles is a great place to be in the summer. Check out all of the great places to see outdoor movies - from The Valley to DTLA to the South Bay! #losangeles #outdoormovies #thingstodoinlosangeles #SummerinLosAngeles

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