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Over the course of the summer, Street Food Cinema rolls out more than forty events that showcase the greatest hits of the silver screen and the LA food-truck scene. When the gates open, guests spread blankets on the grass and pop open coolers. Live bands play until dusk, when crowd-pleasing movies such as Fight Club and The Sandlot across the big screen. Meanwhile, a rotating food-truck schedule assembles a diverse curbside lineup, which might include asian-inspired tacos from Komodo or the gooey delights of The Grilled Cheese Truck. Their events also feature movie-themed games projected on the big screen for audience participation. During showcases, artisan vendors are on hand selling fresh baguettes, fine meats, and sweets for purchase.

Street Food Cinema's eclectic assemblage of food, music, and films has picked up attention beyond the park's bounds, snagging mentions on NBC4 and in the Huffington Post's Broke Girls Guide. Other videos of the events in action can be seen here. It's also become known for its philanthropic work: each year the organization supports one designated local charity.

1400 Park View Ave
Manhattan Beach,
CA
US

Over the course of the summer, Street Food Cinema rolls out more than forty events that showcase the greatest hits of the silver screen and the LA food-truck scene. When the gates open, guests spread blankets on the grass and pop open coolers. Live bands play until dusk, when crowd-pleasing movies such as Fight Club and The Sandlot across the big screen. Meanwhile, a rotating food-truck schedule assembles a diverse curbside lineup, which might include asian-inspired tacos from Komodo or the gooey delights of The Grilled Cheese Truck. Their events also feature movie-themed games projected on the big screen for audience participation. During showcases, artisan vendors are on hand selling fresh baguettes, fine meats, and sweets for purchase.

Street Food Cinema's eclectic assemblage of food, music, and films has picked up attention beyond the park's bounds, snagging mentions on NBC4 and in the Huffington Post's Broke Girls Guide. Other videos of the events in action can be seen here. It's also become known for its philanthropic work: each year the organization supports one designated local charity.

4117 Overland Ave
Culver City,
CA
US

At twin cinemas in Hollywood and Santa Monica, American Cinematheque preserves the thrill of classic films and introduces the newest works by modern auteurs. A relic of the glamorous past, the Egyptian Theatre was built in 1922 and inspired by the search for the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. From its first showing of Robin Hood until today, it has operated as a movie house, and now sends 60-foot-wide images and crystalline sound flashing through the ornate mirage of its interior.

Today, the screens' ever-unpredictable and constantly changing lineup can include anything from the lightweight whimsy of Citizen Kane to the modern masterpiece Spaceballs, and frequent festivals focus on themes from world cinema to film noir.

At both cinemas, modern works are often further illuminated by their creators, with events and post-show discussions featuring the directors and actors.

1328 Montana Ave
Santa Monica,
CA
US

As Karie Bible strides across Hollywood Forever Cemetery, the hem of her mourning gown absorbs dew from the gravesites of Douglas Fairbanks and Jayne Mansfield. She tours the cemetery for a living, leading groups to crypts and monuments that mark the remains of deceased celebrities. Whether recounting the legacy of actress Marion Davies or kneeling at the spike of grass that marks Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer's final resting place, she immerses tour-goers in Hollywood history. Each tour lasts about two hours and sheds light on cherished stars, as well as lesser-known entertainers and community members.

6000 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles,
CA
US

Over the course of three days, 51 films, various workshops, informative industry panels, dynamic parties, and live music coalesce to form the fourth annual Lady Filmmakers Film Festival. The festival both celebrates women’s contributions to the independent-movie industry and raises awareness about pertinent social issues facing women around the world. Participants can immerse themselves in films such as Bryce Dallas Howard’s When You Find Me and Olivia Wilde’s Free Hugs, and get cultured about being cultured in seminars on topics such as casting and producing scripts written entirely in Klingon. On the last day of the festival, the producers will bestow cinematographer Amy Vincent with the 2012 Moving Image Award, honoring her achievements in shooting films such as Hustle & Flow and Black Snake Moan. After spending the day learning and viewing films, guests can mingle at parties replete with hors d'oeuvres and live music; wine will be served on Friday and Saturday, and champagne will be added on Sunday.

135 South Doheny Drive
Beverly Hills,
CA
US

• The Edwards South Gate Stadium 20 in South Gate • The Pacific Winnetka All Stadium 21 in Chatsworth • The Regency Plant 16 in Van Nuys

8630 Garfield Avenue
South Gate,
CA
US