cinespia posterLaunched in 2002, Cinespia screens classic movies outdoor at the Hollywood Forever cemetery every summer.  The films are projected on the white wall of the Cathedral mausoleum while the audience sits on the Fairbanks lawn, enjoying wine and food at the same time. DJ sets usually occur before and after the screenings emphasizing the laid-back somewhat festive atmosphere.

The film selection is generally pretty strong, the organization even asking its fans what movies they want to see every year. Originally based on a donation-system, tickets are now being sold online, from $8 to $15. Since its beginnings, the event has however grown and evolved a lot, making me miss the charm of the first few years. What was a nice underground event in 2002 has now become a well-oiled machine. The cool and cinephile crowd has partly been replaced by wagons of hipsters and scenestars looking for cool credentials. As for the lawn, it now resembles Santa Monica beach by the pier, being so packed that you can hardly move your foot.

Still the event is worth checking if you’ve never been there – you’ve probably seen most films they show but the atmosphere and the beautiful cemetery setting are unique.

Screenings take place every Saturday – and on Sundays during 3-day weekends. You can find more information, the schedule and tickets on their website.


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Fred Thom

Fred Thom

Editor-in-Chief/Founder/Film Critic at Plume Noire
The founder and editor-in-chief of Plume Noire, Fred Thom covers film festivals and writes movie reviews. He was born in Marseilles, France and is now living in Los Angeles, California.