While our favorite kid-friendly movie theaters may still be closed, drive-in theaters in Los Angels are having a welcome resurgence. In addition to local year-round drive-in movies, pop-up drive-ins are, well, popping up around town. Read on for the best places to park and catch a flick on the big screen with the family.
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Street Food Cinema
The popular summer movie series, Street Food Cinema, is now a drive-in event with three locations throughout LA. There are food trucks, too—order online beforehand and pick up your food when you arrive. The series runs until Sept. 20, with a full schedule of movies that includes family-friendly flicks Zootopia and Coco.
Level 8 at the Americana at Brand
889 Americana Way
Brandeis Bardin Campus
1101 Pepper Tree Ln.
King Gillette Ranch
26800 Mulholland Hwy.
PCH Movies & Moonlight
Enjoy a free PCH Movies & Moonlight experience with marina views every Friday at sunset from July 24-September 25. A different movie will be shown each week on the top deck of the 2ND & PCH, Whole Foods Market parking garage. Please note that FM radio is required for audio. Only 90 spaces are available for reservations and standby. Arrive early to secure your space and enjoy shopping, dining and relaxing at the center until the movie starts.
2nd & PCH
E. 2nd St. & Pacific Coast Highway
Summer Weekend Drive-In at The Roadium
The Roadium is reviving its classic 1950s drive-in for a one-of-a-kind movie-going experience this summer. Every Friday and Saturday night, guests can enjoy a great film in this throwback retro setting, along with hot food, movie concessions and more! All the details.
2500 W. Redondo Beach Blvd.
Drive-in at the Park: Multiple Locations
Pack a picnic and get out of the house for a night under the stars with this summer drive-in series taking place at three locations: Calamigos Ranch in Malibu; Castaic Lake Park in Castaic; and Whittier Narrows Regional Park in South El Monte. From now til August 8, each Friday and Saturday night, catch a different flick from the comfort of your car.
Tribeca Film's Drive-In at The Rose Bowl
From July 2 through 26, visit the Rose Bowl on Friday, Saturday or Sunday for a classic drive-in experience, hosted by Tribeca Films. Movies will be shown at various times throughout the 4th of July weekend, including E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The NeverEnding Story and The Wizard of Oz. All the details.
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% 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.
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 swell 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: Adult tickets are $10, tickets for kids aged 5-9 are $1, and little ones under age 5 are free.
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. All visitors must wear face masks when visiting the bathroom and snack bar. Social distancing must be practiced while onsite. 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: Adult tickets are $10, tickets for kids aged 5-9 are $1, and tots under age 5 are free.
Pacific Theatres Vineland Drive-In
Pacific Theatres Vineland Drive-In in the City of Industry is a family favorite and usually shows new release films 365 days a year – come rain or shine. The Southland gem just reopened and they've posted all the need-to-know info in this Instagram post.
Cost: When open, daily general admission tickets are $10 (ages 9 and up), $4 (ages 5-8) and children under age 5 are free.
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