Hollywood Forever Cemetery Movie Night

I have the best memories of summers at the drive-in theater in San Gabriel on Valley Blvd. My cousins and I would lay in the back of our station wagon munching on popcorn in brown paper bags brought from home while washing it down with 7-Up from the slender necked green bottles. James Bond with all his suave and sexy moves loomed larger than life on the screen. I fell hard and fast for Sean Connery and knew that’s how I wanted to be kissed someday especially by Paul McCartney. And the sooner the better.
Many kisses later, not by Paul but still loving Sean, I get the bug to go to a drive-in during the summer. None exist around here and since I never took my kids when they were small to experience and gain appreciation for how it was done’ back in the day’ I’m sure being parked behind a Suburban or Hummer without surround sound wouldn’t seem like a good time. Car heights in the 60’s were created equal. It didn’t matter who you were parked behind. I’m not even sure I’d like it now unless I was being kissed Connery-style and then, of course, it wouldn’t matter if I could see the screen or not.

The outdoor venue of the big screen movie night continues to gain popularity. We hosted one in our backyard for the high school’s marching band a couple summers ago complete with a popcorn machine and concessions stand.
Even our little community has Friday Night at The Movies and the OC Performing Arts Center offers something similar.

But I need something unique. Completely ‘un-OC.

I’ve decided to turn up my nose at my local fare and ‘go Hollywood’ but only for a short visit.

How about a Saturday night movie at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery?
Dare I say this is on my… bucket list?

Picnics and alcohol permitted. Blankets and pillows welcome. DJ spinning before and after. Minimal donation of $10. No reservations needed above ground.

I think some of the permanent residents which include Cecil B. DeMille, Jayne Mansfield, Douglas Fairbanks and Tyrone Power would approve.

Now showing July 10 ~ Arsenic and Old Lace

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  1. OMG I love that movie!!!!
    Go!!! Soon!! Take lots of pics!!!

  2. What a fabulous idea! You must go go go go!!! xoxo

  3. That sounds like a cool evening out .. and I’m with SP – take lots of pics!!!

    I recently was informed that a drive in is still in existence in Oakville … about an hour from us .. may have to surprise hubby with a drive-in date… HHL

  4. Ah, one of those ways to really remember one’s home:). And childhood.

  5. Sounds fabulous. Vino, vino & more vino & you may see them rising from their resting spots.

  6. Wow, that sounds like so much fun, I haven’t seen a drive-in in ages! (One of my very first ‘real’ dates was at a drive-in!)
    I am with the others, definitely take pictures for us!!

  7. Oh, yes. You must do this! When I was in college, my dorm was adjacent to a very old cemetery, and that is where we sunbathed! Seems a bit scandalous now, but we had the best times. A movie would’ve been fabulous!

  8. Gosh, what memories that brings back. I don’t think there are any drive ins in existence any more out this way. They used to be so much fun.

  9. I have fond memories of drive-ins too… and wow, I never knew that we’re both California girls!! Small world! xo

  10. I grew up in a town that had so many drive-in movies. Once we moved away, I realized what a cool thing they were! Our little town also tries to “re-create” the scene…but it really isn’t the same without the little box hanging inside your car window! However, it’s better than nothing! Thanks for the memories!

  11. Definitely sounds like a fantastic way to spend an evening!