CINE-MAGIC!

In LA, movie screen­ings are sud­denly all about lo­ca­tion.

Los Angeles Confidential - - Contents - BY SPENCER BECK

Who needs old-fash­ioned (or new-fash­ioned) movie the­aters? Red “vel­vet” seats, faux gild­ing, and mega screens have been re­placed, for sum­mer, with comfy lounge chairs, pic­nic bas­kets, and LA’s ma­gen­tas­treaked sun­sets. It’s La La Land come to life at a num­ber of out­door film “hap­pen­ings” across the city.

At much-adored Cine­spia (cine­spia.org), the grand­daddy of the city’s al­ter­na­tive movie nights, the Hol­ly­wood For­ever Ceme­tery (RIP Ru­dolph Valentino, et al.) en­ters its 16th sea­son host­ing sold-out crowds with state-of-the-In­dus­try equip­ment and lo­cal gourmet food ven­dors. If the 4,000 movie­go­ers who jos­tle amidst the head­stones ev­ery week­end be­tween May to Oc­to­ber are too much to han­dle, opt for the ca­sual-chic of the VIP sec­tion, which wel­comes A-lis­ters such as Emma Stone, Natalie Port­man, Drew Bar­ry­more (it’s the fam­ily ceme­tery, af­ter all), and a host of other primo celebri­ties. And celebs and mere mor­tals alike love the al­ways fab­u­lous “live-to-pic­ture” film con­certs at the Hol­ly­wood Bowl (hol­ly­wood bowl.com/cal­en­dar), which are some of the largest sin­gle gath­er­ings ever to watch pop­u­lar films like Raiders of the Lost Ark and Sin­gin’ in the Rain.

For a more in­ti­mate af­fair, head to the heart of Hol­ly­wood at the his­toric Mon­tal­ban Theater, where cineastes en­joy clas­sic and con­tem­po­rary Tinseltown fare un­der the stars—with a view of the Hol­ly­wood sign, no less. The “Soho House” of out­door screen­ings, Rooftop Cin­ema Club (rooftopcin­emaclub.com/la) started in Shored­itch, Lon­don, in 2011, and has ex­panded to venues in New York and, now, LA. This year, Tin­der-mates— and reg­u­lar old-school mates!—are in luck. Canoodle on plush loveseats for a ro­man­tic date un­der the stars. Pop­corn be­tween kisses.

Pop­corn and candy not fancy enough? Bev Hills beck­ons at Mr. C Bev­erly Hills Pool­side Cin­ema (mr­cho­tels.com/ hap­pen­ings) where, for the fourth year, the Ital­ian-chic Cipriani ho­tel off­shoot of­fers up clas­sic, cult, and fam­ily fare pool­side at sun­down ev­ery Tues­day through Au­gust. The bonus: Watch Sab­rina with a pre-or­dered Mr. C Cin­ema Prix-Fixe menu of gourmet clas­sics from the ho­tel din­ing room—in­clud­ing mini bot­tles of Moët & Chan­don Cham­pagne. Cheers, Au­drey and Humphrey.

For oh-so-cool east­siders, make a bee­line Down­town start­ing in July to the Ritz-Carl­ton (ritz carl­ton.com/en/ho­tels/cal­i­for­nia/ los-an­ge­les), which is de­but­ing fan-fave movies ev­ery week on its glam­orous rooftop. Guests can en­joy a two-course menu at WP24 Sum­mer Sup­per & a Show, fol­lowed by se­lect re­served seats and “con­ces­sion boxes” filled with Wolf­gang Puck’s fa­vorite cin­ema snacks, in­clud­ing Mar­cona al­monds and home­made potato chips. Wolf­gang + Clue­less at twi­light? It doesn’t get any bet­ter.

CANOODLE ON PLUSH LOVESEATS UN­DER THE STARS. POP­CORN BE­TWEEN KISSES.

Sun­set and di­vine: Twi­light is the high­light this sea­son for LA movie­go­ers, who can in­dulge in a glam­orous ar­ray of out­door fare, in­clud­ing (FROM FAR LEFT) Rooftop Cin­ema Club in the heart of Hol­ly­wood, Cine­spia’s crowd­pleas­ing screen­ings in Hol­ly­wood For­ever Ceme­tery, Mr. C Bev­erly Hills ho­tel’s in­ti­mate Pool­side Cin­ema, and the for­ever-fab “live-to-pic­ture” con­certs at the Hol­ly­wood Bowl.

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