Monday, June 21, 2010

cemetery screening

One of the greatest things to do in Los Angeles during the summer is to see movies. Outdoors. With the dead.

Cinespia holds weekly screenings at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Thousands of people queue up to file past elaborate tombstones and crypts under the watchful eye of stern security guards. Movie-goers bring picnics and spread their blankets out on the lawn to watch the film projected on the side of Rudolph Valentino's mausoleum.

Last summer we saw Jaws on the fourth of July, which was particularly spectacular because the DJ spun all Michael Jackson records and people danced around to "Thriller" in the graveyard. To top it off, after it got dark we saw fireworks lighting up the sky all around us.

Even on a non-event weekend, it's very fun experience. This last Saturday we saw an old classic with our friend Mikey, Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Black and white sci-fi movies are always great fun to watch with a crowd MST3K-style, and we brought a lovely supper with wine and candles and good things to eat. 

You can read more about Cinespia here and here. Hope you had a great weekend with family and friends, too!


  1. Wow, that is different! Thriller in a graveyard, that must have been brilliant!

  2. O.M.G.!

    That is the coolest thing I've ever heard. How completely awesome to use that space for the living as well as the dead. I SO wish I could be there.

  3. It's a very fun experience--a highly recommended thing-to-do if you're ever in LA during the summer.

    People generally seem to be pretty well-behaved and appreciative, too, which is sort of surprising. But I suppose if you're going to go to all the trouble of packing things up and waiting in line for an old movie, you're probably not too anxious to be thrown out. ;)


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