Los Angeles’ Favorite Drive-In Movie Theaters

During the past year drive-in theaters have risen again to popularity. Many local drive-in theaters are reopening around Los Angeles, allowing patrons to experience the wonder of the movie-watching experience from the safety and comfort of their car. While Netflix on the couch will always remain a coveted tradition, the drive-in experience is the perfect activity for date night, a family outing or fun evening with friends.

Drive-In Movie Theaters Near You

Santa Monica

Street Food Cinema has boasted many locations throughout the Los Angeles area, but they are currently set up at the Santa Monica airport where they show two movies a night. Past showings have included throwback movies and recently released films alike, so be sure to keep a close eye on their upcoming schedule and catch your favorite films soon.

We Drive-Ins also has a location in Santa Monica by Third Street Promenade showing new releases, such as Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon.” We Drive-Ins allows visitors to place orders in advance from nearby restaurants to be delivered during the movie and offers concessions services throughout the evening.

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The Drive-In Theatre at the Hollywood Roosevelt shows two movies a night of the same series or theme. Check out their schedule here. Guests who reserve tickets for both showings are thanked with complimentary drinks for all guests in the vehicle. With their ticket purchase, guests are provided complimentary all-you-can-eat popcorn for the night, and food and beverage services are open until midnight for all showings. Reserve a ticket here.

Although not a drive-in experience, the Hollywood Roosevelt also offers Tropicana Movie Nights, during which they screen movies on their iconic outdoor pool deck. Visitors who dress according to the theme or characters of the evening’s movie are rewarded with a free cocktail or concession, but all ticket owners are offered complimentary popcorn upon arrival. Food and drink services are also open throughout the night. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the movie from the luxury of the heated pool. Reserve tickets here.

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Electric Dusk Drive-In is the longest-running pop-up drive-in in Los Angeles and currently shows films four days a week, sometimes with double features on the weekend. Keep an eye on upcoming showings and purchase tickets on their website here. Electric Dusk allows visitors to bring in outside food as well as pre-order snack packs including candies, popcorn, and drinks, though alcohol is not permitted on-site.


Paramount Drive-In Theatres is currently open and showing movies throughout the week. The venue has two screens, allowing for four showings per night. Paramount Drive-In showings often include highly-anticipated recent releases, so keep an eye out on their upcoming showings via their website here. Concessions taken to-go are available for purchase on-site.

San Gabriel Valley

Vineland Drive-In, a Los Angeles drive-in theater operating since 1952, is once again open nightly for showings. This location offers four double feature options, with one ticket purchase allowing visitors to screen the two movies playing on their screen of choice. Vineland movies are primarily new releases. Concessions are available for purchase and FM radios (to listen to the movie’s audio) are available to rent on-site throughout the evening.

Written by Makenna Dykstra
Featured Photo: Charlie Deets
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