Catch An Outdoor Film for Family Fun in L.A. This Summer

By Michael Berick

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Grab a beach chair and blanket and go out to see a movie this summer. PHOTO COURTESY EAT SEE HEAR

Feel like catching a summer film and a little family fun by a pool? In a cemetery? At a college? In a Bowl? You can do it at all four, and more! L.A. is blessed with multiple outdoor summer movie series – a few particularly worth knowing about.

CSUN’s Summer Movie Fest happens Thursday nights on the university’s Oviatt Library Lawn (18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge; June’s free films include “The Lego Batman Movie” June 15 and the live-action “Beauty and the Beast” June 29.

The Electric Dusk Drive-In screenings unspool at the LACCD Van de Kamp College Campus (2930 Fletcher Dr., L.A.; This month, you can watch, either on an Astroturf lawn or in your car, “Mrs. Doubtfire” June 10 and “Jurassic Park” June 24 for $12-$60.

Cinespia returns to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery (6000 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A.; with screenings for $12-$16. Despite the location, there’s typically a festive atmosphere, with the audience dressing as characters from the films. June’s big family flick is “The Wizard of Oz” June 10.

The Hollywood Bowl (2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A.; is presenting several movies this season, including “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” some “Harry Potter” movies and “Singin’ In The Rain.” The highly popular “The Sound of Music” sing-along kicks things off June 24, and prices for screenings vary.

The Poolside Cinema Series at the posh Mr. C hotel (1224 Beverwil Dr., Beverly Hills; boasts Tuesday night screenings and dinner for $35 or $45 per person (dinner reservations required to secure a seat for the film). This month’s family-friendly selections including “Dirty Dancing” June 13 and “Sing” June 27.

Eat|See|Hear ( $8-$21) brings food trucks, music and movies to different area locations. June screenings include “The Princess Bride” at the Autry June 10 and “Grease” at the North Hollywood Recreation Center June 24.

Street Food Cinema ( $6-$18) has a similar concept and offers two PG films on June 17: “Hocus Pocus” in Culver City’s Syd Kronenthal Park and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” at the Eagle Rock Rec Park.

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