Elf (2003), film still, Courtesy of Warner Bros.
There is arguably no better way to immerse yourself in the festive spirit of December than by enjoying a holiday movie. Across Los Angeles, our favorite theaters are doing us a favor of screening such films all month long. See below for which screenings you need to attend for a night of Elf, Love, Actually or Die Hard, among others.
Website | 615 S Broadway 90014
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of this rom-com classic at Cinespia’s Holiday Movie Party at the Palace Theatre. Fall into the unlucky-in-love tale of Bridget Jones as she finds herself caught between Mark Dacy and Daniel Cleaver. How could anyone choose between Colin Firth and Hugh Grant? Come find out in your favorite ugly Christmas sweater for a night of special cocktails, photo booth pics, laughs and swoons.
Website | 611 Fairfax Ave 90036
Catch Detective Jake Peralta’s favorite movie of all time for a special Christmas Eve viewing at Brain Dead Studios. A seminal action drama, the 1988 film unfolds around an NYPD officer who fights to save his wife and several others taken hostage by German terrorists during a Christmas party.
Website | 6067 Wilshire Blvd 90036
What better way to celebrate Christmas than relishing in the absurdity and familiarity of the muppets? Screening at the Academy Museum’s Ted Mann Theater, The Muppets take on Charles Dickens’ holiday classic for a delightful take on the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge.
Website | 3800 Homer St 90031
Starting Dec. 4, the Heritage Square Museum and Street Food Cinema are teaming up to put on holiday classics like Elf, Home Alone, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, The Santa Clause and When Harry Met Sally. Through Dec. 26, catch your chance at a night of an outdoor movie paired with Victorian home tours, piano sing-alongs, food trucks, holidays treats, a twinkling night tunnel and the Tinsel Tavern Barn. What’s more, a portion of ticket sales go to benefit the preservation of Los Angeles history.
Website | 7165 Beverly Blvd 90036
New Beverly Cinema isn’t just showing Christmas time tales, but the theater is certainly putting on quite a few. Round up with the kids to go see Christmas with Bugs Bunny on Dec. 4 or opt for the Arnold Schwarzengger-starring Jingle All the Way on Dec. 5. Other movies throughout the month include Elf, Black Christmas and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
Website | Interim Open Space, 3233 Donald Douglas Loop S 90405
Rooftop Cinema Club’s drive-in has multiple showings a day, meaning you can squeeze a whole lot of your Christmas favorites in just a month. Holiday programming kicks off Dec.4 with Elf and runs throughout December to feature The Holiday, Love, Actually and The Night Before.
Website | 888 S Olive St 90014
Be surrounded by the twinkling lights of downtown Los Angeles when you decide to cozy up for an outdoor movie. Rooftop Cinema Club’s downtown holiday lineup begins Dec. 2 with Elf, which also takes the finale spot on Dec. 19. Their list of movies mirrors that of the Santa Monica location, including Die Hard on Dec. 18.
Website | 603 N La Cienega Blvd 90069
After grabbing a drink at E.P. & L.P., extend your evening plans with a movie at the Melrose Rooftop Theatre. Their slate of holiday movies starts on Dec. 5 with Home Alone and runs to Dec. 24 with a showing of Elf. The schedule also includes Four Christmases, Home Alone 2 and Lethal Weapon.
Website | 1615 Vine St 90028
What better way to get into the festive spirit than watching a movie in the heart of Tinseltown? Starting Dec. 3, head to the rooftop of The Montablán for a showing of The Holiday, Friday After Next, White Christmas or The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Photography by: Courtesy Warner Bros.