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The Best Outdoor Movie Screenings in Los Angeles This May

April 24, 2015 by Brian Champlin

Looking to begin scheduling out your outdoor movie plans for the summer? Start early!

There’s plenty of film fests and screening events kicking off their lineup in May, and I’ve got a rundown of some of our my favorites for you to choose from (along with links to the full schedule of events)

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In addition to highlights of the best of May, in some cases I’ve listed the complete schedule of movie events for the rest of the summer for each film series we’ll be covering.

For other events where the list of summer screenings is too massive (ahem… Street Food Cinema, Eat|See|Hear), I’ve provided a link to the full schedule so you can look for a screening that might be up your alley.

For a few of the events, where discounts may be available, I listed links to those sources as well. Hopefully this is helpful and encourages everyone to get out and experience some outdoor cinema in May.

See you guys at the movies!

Street Food Cinema 2014

Credit: Street Food Cinema

May 2 | The Breakfast Club at Exposition Park, Los Angeles (Street Food Cinema)

This is the  John Hughes’ film that defined the kids of the 1980’s who just didn’t quite fit in… but we think it’s a perfect fit to start off your May screening experiences.

With opening music from Past Action Heroes and food trucks that include Angie’s Wieners, Cousin’s Maine Lobster, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Ragin’ Cajun, and plenty more, this promises to be a great (early) kickoff to the summer movie season!

Doors open at 5:30pm, bands start at 6:30pm, movie at 8:30pm. General admission price starts at $12.

For more info and ticket links see full Street Food Cinema Schedule

May 9 | Nightmare on Elm Street 3 at Elysian Park (Great Horror Campout Movie Night)

I was actually surprised to learn that the third installment of Nightmare on Elm Street series actually has a 74% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is glossed similarly by the review summary: “The best of the Elm Street sequels, this creepy, surreal fantasy features terrific effects, a fine young cast, and an air of grim fatalism that sets it apart from its giggly successors. ”

The best part is that the screening will also include prizes, merchandise, hair-raising cameos from the GHC monsters and plenty of photo opportunities as provided by the producers of the Great Horror Campout. I strongly advise purchasing the VIP package to the screening via Goldstar ($15) which includes a free soda and VIP reserved seating section, and VIP admission that lets you cut the line. Bonus!

Doors open at 6:00pm, movie at 7:30pm

May 12 | The Goonies at Bow & Truss

Chunk? Data? Sloth?  No matter who your favorite is we can all agree The Goonies totally rock.

North Hollywood restaurant Bow & Truss is kickstarting a brand new movie night program, with the aforementioned 80’s classic being the second film screening in line (Ghostbusters is at the end of April).

See the rest of the May schedule below.

Screenings start at 7:30pm and it’s $15 for a reserved spot. All reservation requests can be sent to movienight@bowandtruss.com.

  • May 12: The Goonies
  • May 19: Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  • May 26: Pee Wee’s Big Adventure

May 16 Beverly Hills Cop at Santa Monica High School (Eat|See|Hear)

If you want to watch Eddie Murphy when Eddie Murphy was still Eddie Murphy, this right here is some of his best work (really it’s the film that made him a star). Just make sure there isn’t a banana in your tailpipe before you drive on down to the show.

Remember to save a few bucks by purchasing your tickets at a discounted rate via Goldstar.

For more info and other films check out the entire summer schedule for Eat|See|Hear.

Doors open at 5:30pm.

May 18 | Speed at Alcove Cafe | Big Bar

Alcove Cafe | Big Bar in Los Feliz is bringing back their summer outdoor movie series and it’s going to be awesome!

Big Bar recently revamped their entire cocktail menu and will also be unveiling delicious new slider selections throughout the summer (a new slider creation will be released concurrent with each summer screening).

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Get seated by 6:00pm and movies start at approximately 8:00pm. There’s no advanced reservation so get there early to secure a spot!

If you can’t make the May 18 screening, here’s the full slate of summer showings at Alcove:

  • May 18: Speed
  • June 15: Devil Wears Prada
  • July 20: Rocky
  • August 17: Mean Girls
  • September 21: Edward Scissorhands

May 23 | Almost Famous at Autry National Center (Eat|See|Hear)

Cameron Crowe’s semi-autographical homage to covering the 70’s rock scene has become underrated (in my opinion) over the years, but I think this coming of age story of a young writer tailing the world’s most famous band that never existed stands up well to to test of time. Oh, and did I mention the food trucks and live music that will all be part of the Eat|See|Hear experience?

Remember to save a few bucks on your tickets by purchasing via the discounted rate on Goldstar.

For more info and other films check out the entire summer schedule for Eat|See|Hear.

May 23 | Rear Window at Electric Dusk Drive-In

Because of the voyeuristic feel of this Hitchcock classic, my thinking is that Rear Window is an absolutely perfect film to see at the drive-in.

Check out ticket options for the drive-in via Ticketfly, or if you can’t make the May 23 screening, here are other drive-in dates for the rest of the summer:

May 30 | Vertigo at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Cinespia)

More Hitchcock? At the incredible (and kind of spooky) Forever Cemetery? Yes please!

Doors open at 6:45pm, screening at 8:30pm.

Tickets are $14 via Ticketfly and remember you’ll need to pay for parking separately!

If May 24 doesn’t work, here’s the full Cinespia schedule for all of May:

May 30 |  Stand by Me at Glendale Central Park, Glendale (Street Food Cinema)

The quintessential summer coming of age film is sure to take you for a trip down nostalgia lane.

Summer Grace Watson will perform before the show and scheduled food vendors include Belly Bombz, Cousin’s Maine Lobster, The Lobos Truck, Recess Truck, and Funtime Kettle Corn.

For more info and ticket links see full Street Food Cinema Schedule

What screening are you most looking forward to attending in May? Let us know in the comments below!

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