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!

John Fogerty at the Hollywood Bowl

To southern Californians, the arrival of summer is marked by a series of events: longer days, bigger crowds at Disneyland, rooftop pool parties at the Standard, and the release of the summer concert schedule for the Hollywood Bowl. Every summer Californians flock to this beloved outdoor music venue to see everything from modern big name performers, to symphony orchestras, to classic rock legends, such as John Fogerty. When I heard he was playing at the Hollywood Bowl this year, I was beyond myself with excitement. Creedence Clearwater Revival is one of my all time favorite bands, so being able to see CCR frontman John Fogerty play live was a dream come true.

The Hollywood Bowl is a so cal landmark, and watching shows there is a fun and easy experience. My best friend and I purchased “Park and Ride” shuttle passes through the Hollywood Bowl website, which enabled us to park our car in a huge structure in Pasadena, and then take a shuttle to the Bowl. Much easier than fighting through LA and Hollywood traffic and dealing with crazy post concert parking lot problems. And the best part about seeing shows at the Bowl is that you are allowed to bring in your own food and drinks. Information regarding what you can and can’t bring into the Hollywood Bowl can be found on their website.

And so here we are inside the Bowl! I am a poor recent college grad, so we got the cheap seats in the back. But I actually like these seats better anyways… there is always such a fun camaraderie that happens with the other concert goers in these sections!

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Our beautiful picnic feast. And yes, we did eat the entire chicken.

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Aw, my bestie got me a Coke with my name on it! ❤

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YAY JOHN FOGERTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Seeing John Fogerty live was everything I hoped it would be. He sounded just as amazing now as he did back in the 70s, and being able to hear so many of my favorite songs performed live by the original artist was seriously one of the best experiences ever. The fact that doing stuff like this is even possible is one of the many, many reasons I love living in Los Angeles so much!!