Bringing back the drive-in

By Meaghan Sands

As summer creeps steadily forward, the chilly nights are replaced by warm summer air, creating the perfect atmosphere for an evening amongst the stars.

When one has the opportunity to spend time with the stars of our universe”those aflame with celebrity status or just hot gas”one must come prepared with a picnic basket full of delectable goodies made for sharing and a lovely selection of drinks to imbibe in.

It would also not be complete without an armful of blankets and/or a comfy lawn chairs.

Street Food Cinema’s movies reach from the Pomona Fairplex to the Rose Bowl’s Brookside Park and into the heart of Los Angeles to USC’s Exposition Park.

At $12 for general admission and $6 for children you’ll be paying close to what one would expect at a traditional cinema. With upcoming movies such as “Pulp Fiction,” “E.T.,” “Clueless” and “Casablanca” one can also enjoy a variety of food trucks, live music and free popcorn.

Food and beverages brought from home are welcomed and so is Fido.

Cinespia offers summer lovers an opportunity to catch a flick in LA’s historic Hollywood Cemetery. Yes folks, right among the dead.

At a somewhat heftier price of $14 one can view films such as “Seven”, “Jaws” and “Rear Window” while enjoying a picnic dinner (brought from home of course). Arrive early to get the best seat and seek parking around the area to skip the sometimes hefty parking fee.

Wine and beer are welcomed, but leave the spirits at home”there are already aplenty here.

The Mission Tiki Drive-In Theatre offers film buffs the chance to step back in time with a traditional drive-in movie. With locations in Montclair, Riverside and San Diego this one’s worth mentioning for it’s steal of a deal”despite its distance from LA.

At a lesser price of $8 for adults and $1 for kids aged 5 to 9 families can tune into a double feature via their car’s FM radio as films play on the large screen in front of rows of cars.

During the 20-minute intermission between upcoming films such as Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Rio 2 and Neighbors you can pop over to the snack bar for some movie treats (coupons are on their website).

Outdoor Movies

Pro: Provides a unique atmosphere with movies old and new.

Con: Depending on the film and location, some tickets are best bought in advance and sell out quickly.

L.A. On A Budget

L.A. On A Budget

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