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Classic movies under the stars: L.A. outdoor film series guide

Catch classic movies outdoors this summer in L.A.
Catch classic movies outdoors this summer in L.A.
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Summer in L.A. means catching your favorite classic movies outdoors, like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes with Marilyn Monroe, Jaws, and Ghostbusters. There are a number of film series in and around town, so mark your calendars, get your picnic blanket out and enjoy the show. Most series run through September. Check individual web sites for ticket info and updates. Many sell out so get your tickets now.

Viewing classic movies at Hollywood Forever Cemetery -- where celebs such as Cecil B. DeMille, Jayne Mansfield, Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks are buried -- is a unique L.A. pastime. Movies are $14. Parking is usually extra and sometimes scarce. Bring a picnic and enjoy the pre-show entertainment and being able to see the movie under -- and with-- the stars.

Address: 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood.
Movie schedule:
June 21: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
June 28: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (SOLD OUT)
July 3: Raiders of the Lost Ark + fireworks (SOLD OUT)
July 5: Coming to America
July 12: Goldfinger
July 19: Blue Velvet

Billed as "L.A.’s premier outdoor movie, food truck and live music event series," it offers something for everyone at several locations throughout the summer. Tickets are $10 in advance (plus online fee) and $12 at the door. There are also "fashionably late" tickets for $20. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., bands perform at 7 p.m., and movies begins at 8:30 p.m.

Movie schedule:

Santa Monica: Santa Monica High School's Memorial Greek Amphitheatre, 601 Pico Blvd.
June 21: When Harry Met Sally
July 12: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Los Feliz: Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way
July 5: Jaws
August 2: Blazing Saddles
August 16: Purple Rain

Brentwood: Paul Revere Middle School, 1450 Allenford Ave.
August 9: Sixteen Candles

Beverly Hills: La Cienega Tennis Center, 325 S. La Cienega Blvd.
August 23: The Princess Bride

Santa Monica: Will Rogers State Historic Park , 1501 Will Rogers State Park Rd.
September 6: Dirty Dancing

Pasadena: Centennial Square at Pasadena City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.
September 13: The Goonies

Street Food Cinema
Street Food Cinema takes place in a variety of locations, all accompanied by food trucks, music and audience games. General admission is $12, reserved seating is $17, children (6 to 12) are $6, and children 5 and under are free. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., bands play at 6:30 p.m., audience games are at 8, and the movies start at sundown.

Movie schedule:

Downtown L.A.: Exposition Park at 700 Exposition Park Dr.
July 19: Pretty in Pink/Weird Science
August 2: Dazed and Confused
August 9: Reservoir Dogs
September 20: Aliens
September 27: Beetlejuice

Glendale: Glendale Central Park at 201 E Colorado St.
July 5: E.T.
July 26 The Sandlot
August 2: The Goonies
August 9: Ghostbusters
August 16: Back to the Future
August 23: Clueless

Pasadena: Brookside Park at Rose Bowl Dr.
July 19: Labyrinth
August 30: Casablanca

Free Marina Movie Nights (Marina Del Rey)
Free, family-friendly movies at Burton Chace Park.

Address: 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina Del Rey
Movie schedule:
July 31: Annie
August 23: The Neverending Story

Moonlight Movies on the Beach (Long Beach)

Note that there are two locations for this Long Beach film series: Movies start around 8 p.m. The films are free and so is the parking!

Movie schedule:
Granada Beach at 5101 E Ocean Blvd
July 15: Caddyshack
July 22: Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
July 29: Sixteen Candles
August 5: The Wizard of Oz
August 12: The Goonies
August 26: E.T.
September 2: Spaceballs
September 9: Jaws

Mother's Beach: 5825 E Appian Way
July 12: Mary Poppins

The Oscars Outdoors series, which ran last year, is not happening this year.

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