Summer has officially begun and outdoor movie screenings in LA are in full swing. *For summer 2020 though they are different. When I was making my summer bucket list a couple of weeks ago outdoor movies were at the top of the list. Street Food Cinema Los Angeles has screenings in several different neighborhoods throughout the city that take place almost every weekend. Currently, they have a drive style series in order to make the event safe.
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Seeing Princess Bride at @stfoodcinema in 2020? Inconceivable! On Saturday I continued my summer tradition of going to a Street Food Cinema screening. It was a completely different experience than normal but by doing it drive in style it means we still get to do it! I had in n out before hand so I did not get any food from the food trucks but it was nice to have the option. The event was run very well and I am just so happy for them that they were able to put on the screening series. 📽 #streetfoodcinema #simivalley #driveinmovie #seela #discoverla #abc7eyewitness #sharesocal #cbsla #nbcla #visitla #ktla #foxla #lostinla #mydayinla #lamylove #welikela #timeoutla #eyeonla #wherethelocalsgo #lifehacksla #fomofeedla #losangelesblogger
The 2020 Street Food Cinema Los Angeles season is going to different but it is still happening! For the moment they have two locations. You can watch a movie drive-in style at the Ontario Airport or in Simi Valley. The Los Angeles location has finally been announced. They will be showing movies in July at the Americana at Brand.
The movies are free at the Ontario Airport but they are difficult to get as the tickets are gone within minutes of going live. For the Simi Valley screenings, the costs are $20 per vehicle and then an additional cost of $8 per person inside each vehicle. In LA it is $30 per vehicle and $8 per person. Your ticket in LA includes water, popcorn and candy.
If you are interested in seeing movies at an actual drive-in for less money, I had a good experience at the Mission Tiki Drive In.
Street Food Cinema is an outdoor movie screening series that pairs food trucks with classic movies as well as new blockbuster hits. At a few of the screenings cast members of the movie being shown will come to introduce it. Tickets are sold in advance however, unless the screenings sell out you can also purchase tickets at the door. Discounted tickets for the screenings can almost always be found on sites like Goldstar. To see some of the upcoming Street Food Cinema screenings on Goldstar click here.
How to Get Free Tickets to Street Food Cinema
If you get 8 gallons of gas at a 76 gas station within 48 hours of the screening you want to go to show your receipt at check-in and get 2 complimentary general tickets. I won VIP tickets from the Street Food Cinema Instagram page. My prize package included four tickets and a blanket at the very front with no one ahead of us. This past year I was also able to get free tickets through the Surkus app. You can sign up for Surkus here.
What to Know Before You Go
Since this was my first time going to Street Food Cinema I wasn’t sure what to expect. My first recommendation is to dress much warmer than you think you should. I wore jeans and a long sleeve shirt. Even with my blanket, I was still cold. Though I imagine I was warmer than my friends wearing shorts and a short sleeve t-shirt.
If you bring a chair make sure that it isn’t too tall. One of my friends brought a camping style chair and a staff member told him he couldn’t use it because it was too tall and would block someone’s view. Chairs cannot be more than six inches off the ground. However, my Tommy Bahama chair I got from Costco ended up being a perfect size. If you want a chair like mine you can find one on Amazon here. The chair is pretty awesome. It has straps so you can wear it like a backpack and it comes with a little cooler, a small neck rest, and a cup holder. You can also rent a chair at the check-in table for $8. Blankets are available for $20.
The food trucks offered a variety of food from tacos to burgers to boba tea. However, food trucks can get expensive very quickly. Since we were there to celebrate Casey’s birthday they gave her a voucher good for $12 to use at one of the trucks. Casey and I ended up splitting some loaded steak fries which were so tasty. We also tried some churro’s that someone else bought which were even better than the ones at Disneyland.
One thing I did learn though is that you can bring your own food in and that includes alcohol. Some people had quite the set up with little tables and everything. It gave me a few ideas for the next time I come to one of these screenings.
These screenings are very family-friendly, as long as you think the movie is appropriate for everyone. In addition to the screenings being family-friendly, they are also pet-friendly for the most part. Be sure to check out the rules for the actual location of the screening though because there are a couple that doesn’t allow pets.
Before the movie, there was an obstacle course. The person who completed the course in the fastest time won two tickets to the Hollywood Bowl in addition to two tickets to another screening of Street Food Cinema. They also gave out the same prize to the contestant who got the most applause from the crowd.
We watched The Goonies at Brand Library Park in Glendale. Most people, including us, parked in the structure next to the Glendale Library which was the closest parking lot to the venue. It is $9 to park in the structure. If come to a screening here and don’t mind a little bit of a walk you can park for free at the Glendale Galleria.
The screening started at 8:30 pm but the venue opened at 5:30 pm. We arrived close to 5:45 pm and were able to get a spot just behind the reserved section. Honestly, I saw no reason to pay the extra for reserved and would only do it if I was showing up once the screening started.
Would I Recommend Street Food Cinema Los Angeles
Absolutely! I wish it was cheaper because I would go a lot more but it is worth doing at least once every summer.
In October you can watch scary movies at the Million Dollar Theatre in downtown through Cinema Phantasmagoria hosted by Street Food Cinema.