The summer drive-in movie trend is continuing into fall with pop-ups happening around Los Angeles in October and November. In addition to a drive-in experience, you can also enjoy a poolside movie screening, or check out some of the permanent drive-in destinations near LA. Read on for the best (and safest!) places to catch a flick on the big screen with the family.
LA Zoo Drive-In
The Los Angeles Zoo just announced its first-ever drive-in movie series. Tickets are available to Zoo members now, and to the general public starting Mon., Oct. 5. Each weekend, starting Oct. 16, will showcase films around a specific theme: Animal Adventures (Oct. 16 – 18), The Brilliant Betty White (Oct. 23 – 25), or Hair-Raising Halloween (Oct. 29 – Nov. 1). There will be movie-theater snacks available for mobile ordering, plus a special pre-show video starring your favorite zoo animals. And during Halloween Weekend, there will be a new kind of Boo at the Zoo as the parking lot transforms into a spooktacular classic drive-in.
Cost: from $40 per vehicle for up to 2 guests; prices during Halloween weekend increase to starting at $100 per vehicle for up to 2 guests
5333 Zoo Dr.
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Drive-In at The Roadium
The Roadium has revived its classic 1950s drive-in for a one-of-a-kind movie-going experience. Guests can enjoy a great film in this throwback retro setting, along with hot food, movie concessions and more! Upcoming family-friendly flicks include Ghostbusters on Sat., Oct. 10, and Ratatouille on Sat., Nov. 14.
2500 W. Redondo Beach Blvd.
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Electric Dusk Drive-In
Get tickets to the Family Sunday Halloween-a-thon and see kid favorites including The Addams Family (Sun., Oct. 18) and Coco (Sun., Nov. 1). Pre-packaged popcorn, snack and candy will be available for purchase.
Cost: from $28 per car (including a single person); from $8 for each additional person
Glendale Sears Parking Lot
211 W. California Avenue St.
San Fernando Valley Drive-In Nights
See '80s classic Labyrinth (yep, it's rated PG) along with Casper and Hotel Transylvania, all part of the Halloween-themed showings taking place at the Westfield Fashion Square parking lot in Sherman Oaks.
Cost: $20 per person; children under 3 are free
14007 Riverside Dr.
Poolside Cinema at the Fairmont
Book a table for the ultimate dinner and a movie night outdoors at the Fairmont Miramar hotel in Santa Monica. You and your crew can dine and watch flicks like How to Train Your Dragon (Oct. 9) or Little Rascals (Oct. 24).
101 Wilshire Blvd.
Carpool Movie Nights
See The Nightmare Before Christmas on Oct. 23, part of ONEgeneration's pop-up drive-in to raise funds for the organization's many senior services.
Cost: $25 per car
17400 Victory Blvd.
Drive-In Movie Theaters
These old-school drive-ins are also open for business.
Paramount Drive-In Theatre
The Paramount Drive-In Theatre has re-opened to the delight of LA movie fans everywhere. Now, families can escape from the house for while to enjoy an evening of films and fun. To safely allow room for social distancing, the drive-in is currently operating at 50 percent capacity with 9 feet of space between vehicles. Each car may only contain members of the same household who’ve already been in close contact with one another. Face masks are required when exiting your car to visit the bathroom and concession stand. The theater is also taking deep cleaning measures to ensure restrooms stay clean and roomy for patrons. All concession items are to-go only. Be sure to check the site for available movie times.
Cost: General admission tickets are $10 (ages 9 and up), $3.50 (ages 5-8) and kiddos under age 5 are free.
7770 Rosecrans Ave.
Mission Tiki Drive-In Theatre
Located in nearby in Montclair, the Mission Tiki Drive-in Theatre shows double features nightly on four screens. The theatre presents a mix of current releases and recent classics, so there’s almost always something for everyone. To keep patrons safe during this time, the theatre requires vehicles to park at least 10 feet apart from each other, and patrons must practice social distancing at all times during their visit. Visitors must also wear face masks when stopping by the restroom and concession stand. Advanced tickets are not available, so be prepared to wait in a fairly long line of cars to purchase tickets in person the night of the show.
Cost: $10 for adults (age 10 and up), $1 for kids ages 5-9, children under 5 are free
10798 Ramona Ave.
Van Buren Drive–In Theatre
Open nightly every day of the week, the historic Van Buren Drive-In Theatre in Riverside is a groovy way to catch some of the latest films – if you don’t mind making a bit of a drive. The purchase of adult and kids’ tickets allows you admission for two movies playing on the same screen during your visit, meaning you get to see two movies for half the price! The theatre recommends arriving one hour prior to the first show, or if you’re planning on seeing only the second or third shows, arrive 30 minutes ahead of time.
Cost: $10 for adults (age 10 and up), $1 for ages 5-9, children under 5 are free
3035 Van Buren Blvd.
Pacific Theatres Vineland Drive-In
Pacific Theatres Vineland Drive-In in the City of Industry is a family favorite, with films showing nightly. The snack bar is open, but you must wear a mask when out of your car. Check their site for the latest listings, which include new releases and older favorites.
Cost: $10 for ages 9 and up, $4 for ages 5-8, children under 5 are free
443 N. Vineland Ave.
City of Industry
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