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What’s playing at the drive-in: ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,’ holiday favorites and more

Viola Davis stars in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom."
Viola Davis stars in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” With Chadwick Boseman, left, and Colman Domingo.
(David Lee / Netflix)

Craving a flick on the big screen? Here’s our latest rundown of new and classic movies playing at drive-ins, pop-ups or rooftops near you. We’ll update as new titles and showtimes are added.

Arena Cinelounge Drive-in
Parking lot, 1625 N. Las Palmas Ave., Hollywood
$40 per car; advance purchase required. arenascreen.com

“Fat Man,” 6 and 8:05 p.m. Dec. 3, 7 p.m. Dec. 20
“Black Bear,” 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4, 5 p.m. Dec. 5, 8:35 p.m. Dec. 6, 4:50 Dec. 7, 8:45 p.m. Dec. 8, 8:40 p.m. Dec. 9, 4:55 p.m. Dec. 10
“Love, Weddings and Other Disasters,” 4:40 p.m. Dec. 4, 7 p.m. Dec. 5, 4:50 p.m. Dec. 6, 6:50 p.m. Dec. 7, 6:55 p.m. Dec. 8, 4:50 p.m. Dec. 9, 8:50 p.m. Dec. 10
“Wander,” 8:30 Dec. 4, 8:50 p.m. Dec. 5, 6:40 p.m. Dec. 6, 8:40 p.m. Dec. 7, 5 p.m. Dec. 8, 6:45 p.m. Dec. 9, 6:55 p.m. Dec. 10
“The Weather Underground,” 5 p.m. Dec. 18
“Eraserhead,” 8:45 p.m. Dec. 19, 5 p.m. Dec. 21
“Lethal Weapon,” 6 p.m. Dec. 25, 8:15 p.m. Dec. 27, 7:05 p.m. Dec. 28
“The Last Boy Scout,” 8:10 p.m. Dec. 25, 6 p.m. Dec. 27, 9:05 p.m. Dec. 28
“Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” 6 p.m. Dec. 26, 5 p.m. Dec. 28
“The Long Kiss Goodnight,” 8 p.m. Dec. 26

Cinemauto
Parking lot, 713 N. Hill St., Chinatown, downtown L.A.
$35-$160; advance purchase required. cinemauto.net

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“Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” plus selected shorts, 5 p.m. Dec. 12-13

Drive-In at the Roadium
The Roadium Open Air Market, 2500 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., Torrance
$25, $30 per car; tickets also available on-site. eventbrite.com

“The Polar Express,” 6 p.m. Dec. 11
“Happy Feet,” 6 p.m. Jan. 8
“Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,” 6 p.m. Jan. 15
“Uncle Buck,” 6 p.m. Jan. 29


Hollywood Roosevelt Drive-in Theatre
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
$45-$75; advance purchase required. eventbrite.com

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“Elf,” plus animated short, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6
“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000), plus animated short, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13
“A Christmas Story,” plus animated short, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 20
“It’s a Wonderful Life,” plus animated short, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 26

Legion Drive-in
The Hollywood Legion Theater at Post 43, 2035 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood
$65-$80; advance tickets required. hollywoodlegiontheater.com

“Tenet,” 7 p.m. Dec. 5-8, 10-12 and 14-16

Los Angeles Arts Society Drive-in Cinema
Gardena Cinema, 14948 Crenshaw Blvd., Gardena
$25-$50 per car. eventbrite.com

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“The Karate Kid” (1984), 5:15 p.m. Dec. 3-6
“Rush Hour,” 8:15 p.m. Dec. 3-6
“Friday,” 5:15 p.m. Dec. 10-13
“Enter the Dragon,” 8:15 p.m. Dec. 10-13
“Gremlins,” 5:15 p.m. Dec. 17-20
“Batman Returns,” 8:15 p.m. Dec. 17-20
“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000), 5:30 p.m. Dec. 22-24
“Elf,” 8:15 p.m. Dec. 22-24

Mission Tiki Drive-in Theatre
10798 Ramona Ave., Montclair
$10; kids ages 5-9, $1; under age 5, free. missiontiki.com

“The Croods: A New Age,” 6:30, 7:30 and 8:20 p.m. Dec. 4-7
“Freaky,” 6:30 and 8:15 p.m. Dec. 4-7
“Half Brothers,” 6:30 and 8:15 p.m. Dec. 4-7

Movies in Your Car at Seaside Cinema
Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 Harbor Blvd., Ventura
$29 per car; advance purchase required. concertsinyourcar.com

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“Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” (2018), 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10
“Home Alone,” 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13
“Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey,” 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16
“Elf,” 6:30 p.m. Dec. 17

OC Parks Drive-in
Mile Square Regional Park, 16801 Euclid St., Fountain Valley
$10 per vehicle; advance purchase required. facebook.com

“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” 7 p.m. Dec. 10-11
“Elf,” 7 p.m. Dec. 12-13

Paramount Drive-in Theatres
7770 Rosecrans Ave., Paramount
$10; ages 5-8, $4; under age 5, free. paramountdrivein.com

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“The Croods: A New Age,” 5:45 and 8 p.m. Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5-6, 5:45 and 8 p.m. Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 5:45 and 8 p.m. Dec. 9-10
“Freaky,” 5:45 and 8 p.m. Dec. 7, 9-10

Parking Lot Cinema/Glendale
Sears parking lot, 211 W. California Ave., Glendale
$23-$37. secretmovieclub.com

“Lethal Weapon,” 7:15 p.m. Dec. 4
“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” 7 p.m. Dec. 5
“Gremlins,” 7 p.m. Dec. 6
“Elf,” 7:15 p.m. Dec. 11
“Love Actually,” 7 p.m. Dec. 12
“Frozen,” 7 p.m. Dec. 13
“It’s a Wonderful Life,” 7 p.m. Dec. 19

Regency Theatres’ the Plant Drive-in
7876 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys
$30 per car; regencymovies.com

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“The Croods: A New Age,” 5 p.m. Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, 5 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 5 p.m. Dec. 8, 5 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, 5 p.m. Dec. 10
“The Dark Crystal,” 7 p.m. Dec. 4
“Village of the Damned” (1995), 6 p.m. Dec. 6
“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” 7 p.m. Dec. 11
“Love Actually,” 7 p.m. Dec. 13
“Elf,” 7 p.m. Dec. 18
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000), 7 p.m. Dec. 19
“The Polar Express,” 7 p.m. Dec. 20
“White Christmas,” 7 p.m. Dec. 21
“It’s a Wonderful Life,” 7 p.m. Dec. 22

Rooftop Cinema Club Presents the Drive-in
Santa Monica Airport, 3233 Donald Douglas Loop S, Santa Monica
$30-$45; advance purchase required. rooftopcinemaclub.com

“The Princess and the Frog,” 5:15 p.m. Dec. 5
“Love & Basketball,” 8 p.m. Dec. 7
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” (2000), 5:15 p.m. Dec. 8
“Friday,” 8 p.m. Dec. 8
“The Polar Express,” 5:15 p.m. Dec. 10 and 20
“10 Things I Hate About You,” 8 p.m. Dec. 11
“The Nightmare Before Christmas,” 5:15 p.m. Dec. 13 and 23
“A Christmas Story,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13
“Black Christmas” (1974), 10 p.m. Dec. 13
“The Holiday,” 8 p.m. Dec. 14
“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” 5:15 p.m. Dec. 15
“Love Actually,” 8 p.m. Dec. 15
“Home Alone,” 8 p.m. Dec. 16 and 20
“Ice Age,” 5:15 p.m. Dec. 17
“The Nightmare Before Christmas,” 5:15 p.m. Dec. 18 and 23
“Frozen, 5:15 p.m. Dec. 19
“Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” (2018), 5:15 p.m. Dec. 21
“Elf,” 7:45 p.m. Dec. 21, 8 p.m. Dec. 22, 10:45 p.m. Dec. 23
“Die Hard,” 10:30 p.m. Dec. 22
“It’s a Wonderful Life,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 23

Segerstrom Movie Nights
Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Julianne and George Argyros Plaza, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa
$20 and up; advance purchase required. scfta.org

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“Elf,” 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” with “Frosty’s Winter Adventure,” 6:30 p.m. Dec. 19

Street Food Cinema/Arcadia
Santa Anita Park, 285 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia
$20 per car plus $8 per person; ages 3 and under free; advance tickets required. streetfoodcinema.com

“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” 7 p.m. Dec. 18
“Frozen,” 7 p.m. Dec. 19
“A Christmas Story,” 7 p.m. Dec. 20
“Home Alone,” 7 p.m. Dec. 21
“The Nightmare Before Christmas,” 7 p.m. Dec. 22
“Elf,” 7 p.m. Dec. 23

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Street Food Cinema at King Gillette Ranch
King Gillette Ranch, 26800 Mulholland High
way, Malibu
$20 per car plus $8 per person; ages 3 and under free; advance tickets required. streetfoodcinema.com

“Home Alone,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12

The Sunset Strip Presents Late Night Drive-in
The Andaz Hotel, 8401 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
$62 per car. loop1tickets.com

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000), 7 p.m. Dec. 3
“Frosty the Snowman,” with “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” 5:30 p.m. Dec. 4
“Die Hard,” 8 p.m. Dec. 4
“A Charlie Brown Christmas,” with “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5
“Elf,” 8 p.m. Dec. 5
“Frosty the Snowman,” with “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” 5:30 p.m. Dec. 8
“Home Alone,” 8 p.m. Dec. 8
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” (1969) with “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” 5:30 p.m. Dec. 9
“Disney’s A Christmas Carol,” 8 p.m. Dec. 9
“A Charlie Brown Christmas,” with “Frosty the Snowman,” 5:30 p.m. Dec. 10
“The Polar Express,” 7 p.m. Dec. 10
“Stuntwomen,” 7 p.m. Dec. 11
“Frosty the Snowman,” with “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” 5:30 p.m. Dec. 15
“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” 8 p.m. Dec. 15
“A Charlie Brown Christmas,” with “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” 5:30 p.m. Dec. 16
“Love Actually,” 8 p.m. Dec. 16
“Frosty the Snowman,” with “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” 5:30 p.m. Dec. 17
“Die Hard,” 8 p.m. Dec. 17

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Van Buren Drive-in Theatre
3035 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside
$10; kids ages 5-9, $1; under age 5, free. vanburendriveintheatre.com

“The Croods: A New Age,” 6:15 and 8:15 p.m. Dec. 4-10
“Half Brothers,” 6:15 and 8:15 p.m. Dec. 4-10

Vineland Drive-in Theatre
443 N. Vineland Ave., Industry
$4, $10; children under age 5, free. vinelanddriveintheater.com

“The Christmas Chronicles 2,” 5 p.m. Dec. 4-5, 5:10 p.m. Dec. 6, 5 p.m. Dec. 7-9
“Dear Santa,” 5 p.m. Dec. 4-5, 5:10 p.m. Dec. 6, 5 p.m. Dec. 7-9
“Embattled,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and 9
“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4-5, 7:45 p.m. Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7-9
“Mank,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, 7 and 9
“The Prom,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4-5, 7:45 p.m. Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7-9
“Sound of Metal,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, 7:35 p.m. Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8
“Vanguard,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, 7:45 p.m. Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8
“The War With Grandpa,” 5 p.m. Dec. 4-5, 5:10 p.m. Dec. 6, 5 p.m. Dec. 7-9
“Wolfwalkers,” 5 p.m. Dec. 4-5, 5:10 p.m. Dec. 6, 5 p.m. Dec. 7-9

Updates:

11:15 AM, Dec. 04, 2020: This listing has been updated to remove Fox’s Winter Wednesday, which has been canceled.


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