best movie dates in LA | designlovefest

los angeles is filled with movie buffs and we boast a long list of historic movie theaters that are perfect for catching a flick. we also have a bunch of cool venues that open up during the summer for outdoor screenings as well (more on that below!). here is a list of some of our favorite theaters in town! note: we haven’t listed any of those theaters where you sit in recliners and have food brought to you because truthfully, i don’t think it’s worth the much higher ticket price.

OUTDOOR MOVIES: ’tis the season for spending copious amounts of time outside in the sun and spending a warm evening watching a movie on a blanket with snacks and a drink is high on our summer to-do list.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery:  this place is a classic for outdoor movies, you can bring in your own food and drinks. buy tickets way in advance, they sell out and i recommend splurging for the VIP parking pass and splitting it between everyone in your car because then you don’t have to stand at the gates and wait, you drive on through and get a good spot for viewing.


Eat, See, Hear: They hosting screenings all across the city, it’s a mix of live music, film and food trucks!


Malibu Country Mart: a day at the beach followed by an outdoor movie? yes, please!

Barnsdall Park: outdoor movie and wine tasting right next to the historic Hollyhock House.

and there are more too, check out other screenings here!

best movie dates in LA | designlovefest

INDOOR THEATERS: because sometimes you just want to sit in a theater and not talk.

ArcLight: there are several locations across town but the hollywood one is my favorite. reserve in advance as this theater is often busy. some of the bigger features get shown in “the dome” which is a histrocial theater that has been home to many premiers over the years. the screen is massive, it seats 800 people and it’s a really fun experience to feel the energy and excitement of a true movie loving crowd. they also have a lobby bar and they recently started allowing guests to bring their alcoholic beverages into the movie with them!

The Vista: they feature only one film at a time, this is my favorite theater in town because of both its charm and history. it really is a treat to see a movie here. they offer $6.50 matinees, great candy selection and they’ll let you bring in coffee from the shop across the street. and their seats have so much leg room. the prettiest theater!

Cinefamily: they show a lot of silent films at this theater, it has a serious community vibe and the people attending really love film. a fun place to spend an evening!

Sundance Cinemas West Hollywood: a 21+ theater, they have a great little bar with snacks and drinks that you can bring in with you. 3 hour free validated parking, comfy chairs and a patio for post-movie hang outs.

Laemmle Playhouse 7: located in pasadena, this is part of a movie theater chain established in 1938 that focuses on independent, foreign and art films. you’ll find a lot of their releases won’t show up in any other theaters in town.

Regency Academy Cinema: there is no better movie deal in town then this place. they play movies that have been out for a bit but you can’t beat their $2 matinee and $3 general admission ticket prices. they also have a date night special on wednesday after 6pm, two movie tickets, 2 popcorns and 2 sodas for $10.

Art Theatre Long Beach: just south of LA in long beach there’s a charming 1920’s art deco theatre on retro row (a street filled with thrift shops). it has a cute little coffee bar outside and a wine bar where you can buy a bottle to take in with you during the movie. they always play the latest independent movies and do a weekly live showing of rocky horror picture show. a great date night or afternoon show to catch after thrifting!

New Beverly Cinema: Quentin Tarantino owns this retro theatre that plays double features of classic movies for $8.

curious about other activities to do in LA? we’ve listed 12 free activities, our favorite spots for a healthy and also and indulgent meal, and our favorite date spots.


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    Nastassja says:

    I have to also suggest iPic theaters… most comfortable movie experience EVER

    designlovefest says:

    it totally is, just wish it wasn’t so $$$!


    Diane says:

    Thank you for sharing! Do people still going to movie theaters?

    designlovefest says:

    yesss! all the time. i probably go 3-4 times a month!


    Thanks for sharing your experience
    It’s really helpful for me.

    Shirley says:

    I’m always on the lookout for date ideas and I am so happy I came across this post. Putting some of these on my list!

    Alex says:

    Looks awesome!

    Olly says:

    Thanks for sharing!

    Amand says:

    Ver inspiring!

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