The nostalgic revival of drive-in movie theaters is alive and well throughout Los Angeles. Amid the pandemic, pop-up series have shifted from crowding parks with picnic blankets to setting up classic drive-in theaters for LA residents to enjoy. To kick-off the Spring season, we’ve rounded up five drive-in movie theaters from across Los Angeles that you should know!
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The Roadium — an outdoor 15-acre facility — has proudly been serving the Los Angeles community for over 60 years. In the summer of 2020, the space started screening family classics offering L.A. residents a fun, yet socially-distanced activity to enjoy. As part of their Friday Night Flicks series, this local drive-in will be showing Toy Story 2, The Little Rascals, Liar Liar, and more throughout the month of April. To purchase tickets, visit Eventbrite.
Address: 2500 W Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance, CA 90504
THE DRIVE-IN at Exposition Park
This drive-in is situated in front of the iconic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Exposition Park, which is conveniently located next to DTLA, is also home to numerous museums and… Angel City FC! In partnership with WUTI & ALL WORTHY PEOPLE, THE DRIVE-IN offers audiences unique experiences with every visit. Here, you will find films with a focus on women, BIPOC & LGBTQ voices, legendary filmmakers, DJs, and more. Their April schedule hasn’t dropped just yet, but you can sign up for their mailing list here to stay up-to-date!
Address: 500 Exposition Park Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90037
Street Food Cinema
Launched in 2012, Street Food Cinema (SFC) is known for reinventing the traditional movie going experience. It brings together the best in pop culture films, gourmet street food, progressive new music, and much more. Like many other businesses, SFC quickly had to adapt to a socially distanced format — to say the new SFC Drive-In has been a hit would be an understatement! To date, SFC has grown to over 60 events in 15 locations across Los Angeles. If you’re in or near the Calabasas area, make sure to catch Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens this Saturday, April 3, at King Gillette Ranch. To purchase tickets for this screening, click here.
Address: Street Food Cinema has multiple venues across Los Angeles.
Secret Movie Club
Founded by Craig Hammill, the Secret Movie Club’s mission is to screen great movies in great theaters to great audiences. Their movies are programmed by season (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall) and by series with an occasional Q&A from filmmakers themselves. Since launching in 2016, the Secret Movie Club has grown to an average of 70 movies every season at multiple venues — Glendale Sears Parking Lot, The Vista Theatre, The Club, and The Million Dollar Movie Theater Palace. If you’re not located in the Los Angeles area, they also offer a vibrant virtual community that discusses movies, podcasts, and more. To view their line-up of upcoming films, click here.
Fun Fact: In collaboration with Electric Dusk Drive-In, Secret Movie Club screens double features on an inflatable screen every weekend — locations may vary.
Address: 1917 Bay St 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Electric Dusk Drive-In
Electric Dusk Drive-In (EDDI) is best known for being LA’s longest running drive-in and outdoor movie venue! In addition to its Parking Lot Cinema collaboration with Secret Movie Club, EDDI offers special screenings and private events. This lauded, retro-style drive-in theater is open year round and features an on-site snack shack making for a comfortable experience for all Electric Dusk attendees. On April 17, EDDI will be opening another location for LA residents to enjoy at the Santa Monica Bergamot Station. For their most up-to-date movie schedule, click here or visit their Instagram.
Address: 236 N. Central Ave, Glendale, CA 91203