Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at Hollywood Forever Cemetery!

Odd as it may seem, outdoor movie screenings at Hollywood Forever Cemetery have become synonymous with Los Angeles summers. Yes, that’s right – watching movies in a cemetery. People are actually buried in Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and continue to be buried there today. But before you start thinking this is disrespectful, the movie screenings take place on an open lawn where there are no graves, and cemetery guards are on duty to keep visitors from getting too close to any of the tombs. However, the movie is projected onto the side of the mausoleum, so it does still maintain a little of the morbidness you would expect from watching a movie in a cemetery.

This unusual Hollywood tradition has been happening for decades, but has recently seen a huge surge in popularity. Not even 3 years ago you could wait to buy your ticket until the day of the showing.  Nowadays, you have to commit to going at least 3 weeks in advance, otherwise you will never be able to get a ticket. I blame the hipsters.

It is easy to see why going here is so popular amongst Los Angelenos though. Summer nights are beautiful in southern California, and watching a movie outside is much better than being inside a movie theater. In addition, you are allowed to bring picnics, complete with alcohol. And for those you don’t feel like packing their own food, they have started hiring food trucks for most of the showings.

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The movie starts at 9, but you are allowed to head in a couple hours early to set up camp and enjoy your picnic. And they always have fun DJs spinning cool tunes to listen to while you feast and wait for showtime.

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But my personal favorite part is the really awesome photo booths they have set up. The line to take pictures in it is always ridiculously long, but I think it is worth it!! Just look at these props! And posing in the booth is free!

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So while the event may be crazy crowded and filled with 20-somethings who think they are the coolest thing since sliced bread, it is still a super fun way to spend a summer evening in LA. As long as you plan ahead, it is easy enough to navigate the crowd and have an amazing time!

Have any questions or want advice on attending any of their events? Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email!

Author: Natalie Bates

LA-based freelance writer | Blogger | Craft beer drinker | Rock 'n roll girlfriend | Adventurer | Lover of tattoos, red lipstick, and popcorn | World traveler | Compassionate human | Photography enthusiast | Eco warrior | Celtic babe ❤️

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