I’m spending the summer with some of my favorite old and new movies under the stars watching Pulp Fiction, 10 Things I Hate About You, Mean Girls, the Matrix, Toy Story 2 & 3 (double feature), Bohemian Rhapsody and so many more!
It’s been fifty years since ‘summer loving’!! So it’s such fun that Street Food Cinema‘s is kicking of the 2019 season with “Grease” on Saturday, March 30th at the Million Dollar Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles with yom yoms from the Grand Central Market! Jamie Donnelly, the iconic “Jan” from “Grease” will be the special guest and doors open at 6pm and the movie begins at 8pm. This will be ‘oh what a night’ with specialty cocktails, prom photo booth & DJ get your 50s style ready for a Street Food Cinema Special Edition event!
As you can see from this season’s calendars you’ll have a Saturday day with friends and boo staring on April 27th, 2019, with “500 Days of Summer,” celebrating its 10th anniversary at LA State Historic Park in Downtown Los Angeles. Doors open at 5:30pm with live music from The Flusters at 6:30pm and the movie begins at 8:30pm. Food Truck favorites: Astro Donuts and Fried Chicken, Boba Ni Taco, Cousins Maine Lobster, Phillyfornia, White Rabbit, DAfter’s Ice Cream, and more will be onsite. As you can see this season has something for everyone and if you want to make sure you don’t miss a movie consider getting the season pass!
Launched in 2012, Street Food Cinema is more than just an outdoor movie. It’s an experience. Bringing together the best in pop culture films, gourmet street food and progressive new music, Street Food Cinema reinvents the traditional movie going experience – al fresco style. Every element is carefully curated to develop the unique atmosphere that makes audiences want to come back again and again.
Now, independently, each critical element – outdoor movies, food trucks, and music – dates back generations. Music. It’s been around for more than 50,000 years.
Cut to: 1872, the first mobile kitchen was literally a covered wagon that served sandwiches. By the late 1880’s, lunch wagons like The Owl became more commonplace. Not long afterwards, motion pictures were developed and quickly grew as an exciting new industry.
Cut to: 1933, the first outdoor movie, the drive-in, originated right in the middle of the Great Depression, but by 1950’s they were hugely popular.
When the first inflatable screen was invented in 1994, it enabled “pop up” movie screenings with near cinematic quality.
Round this all up to 2008, Chef Roy Choi turned food trucks on their head with the launch of Kogi in Los Angeles. This sparked the gourmet street food trend.
In 2010, recognizing the rising popularity of food trucks and their love for movies and music, event producers Heather Hope-Allison and Steve Allison partnered with a vending company to produce events with food trucks and invited local bands to perform as well. They experimented with the concept for almost two years.
Then, in 2012, they restructured, fine-tuned and threw everything they had into the first season of Street Food Cinema to produce the best outdoor movies in Los Angeles. On May 26th, Street Food Cinema opened with over 1,500 attendees at Exposition Park.
In 2014, the producers created Yuletide Cinema, an indoor holiday adaption of the Street Food Cinema format, for the historical theater environment resurging in Downtown Los Angeles.
SFC Overnight began in 2017, hosting cinephile campers at the King Gillette Ranch in Malibu for a truly memorable experience under the stars.
In 2015, Street Food Cinema became the largest curated outdoor movie series in Los Angeles with over 50 events spanning 27 weeks in 11 different locations throughout the city.
As of 2019, Street Food Cinema has grown to over 60 events in 15 locations across Los Angeles.