Street Food Cinema Offers Free Admission For First Responders to Cinema Phantasmagoria on Saturday, November 2nd at Million Dollar Theatre

Street Food Cinema is kicking off the holiday season with the Halloween/Christmas classic ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ AND free admission for SoCal First Responders

First Responders do so much and Street Food Cinema is giving back to them and their families with free admission to First Responders and their families this Saturday, November 2nd to the Cinema Phantasmagoria finale event featuring the Tim Burton classic “The Nightmare Before Christmas” at the Million Dollar Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles. The First Responder or family member need only provide their ID for entrance. It will be a night of spooky fun with showings at 6PM & 8PM. Doors open at 5pm and the Backstage Ghost Tour’s takes place every 15 minutes throughout the night.

What a fun night for any fan of Halloween and Christmas with Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas! It’s the last gasp for fans who want to enjoy with family and friends in COSTUME! All are welcomed and if you aren’t a First Responder Buy Tickets at STFoodCinema before it sells out! I hope to see you and of course get a few photos of Jack Skellington, Oogie Boogie, Sally and Zero (I do love DOGS!).

Street Food Cinema’s newest specialty event series — Cinema Phantasmagoria ran throughout the  month of October through Halloween at the Million Dollar Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Attendees can bring their food from the Grand Central Market right next door back in with them to enjoy during their movie. And, if you dare, take the historic VIP Backstage Ghost Tour (this hair raising fifteen minute tour will be running throughout the night for guests of all ages) and step into the depths of the gothic Million Dollar Theatre. The Million Dollar Theater is more than a 100 years old and was opened by Sid Grauman as in Grauman’s Theatre (his first in Los Angeles). A spooky tour of this classic landmark is a must-see for Hollywood history aficionados!

Street Food Cinema my kind of fun

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.

Wonder Woman Girl Power with Street Food Cinema

It’s GIRL power this weekend with Street Food Cinema! They have Wonder Woman in Glendale and Selena DTLA!


It’s been seven years since Steve Allison & Heather Hope-Allison founded Street Food Cinema to combine love of movies, drive-ins and food! Fans can see new and classic films in Los Angeles, San Diego and Phoenix.

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This weekend I’m heading to Verdugo Park in Glendale with Gigi the Geek for Wonder Woman where part of the event proceeds are going to Red Nose Day USA! We also plan to enjoy LA food truck cuisine from Meat the Greek, Ralph & Richies, SUGO, The Shrimp & Taco Stop, Yuna’s Bob, Dreamy Creations AND Drunken Cake Pops, and dance to live music from DJ Ivy (

Mark your calendar for Red Nose Dayon Thursday, May 24thto raise money and awareness for children who need our help the most, in America and around the world. Our mission is to end child poverty – one red nose at a time. Get Your Nose On!  Donate HERE

Image result for selena movie posterYou can also head DTLA for the classic tragic tale of “Selena”at Exposition Park in Los Angeles, with live music from Selena tribute band Dreaming of You at 6:30pmand Food Truck favorites Canvas Food Truck, Goshen, Los Tamaleros, Not Your Mamas Kitchen, Oaxaca on Wheels, Phillyfornia, Roni Macaroni, Romolo’s Italian Kitchen, Spyros Gyros, Triple Threat Truck, Wise BBQ, Churro Stix, Drunken Cake Pops & more will be onsite.

Don’t stay home “Dazed & Confused” or you’ll miss a fun night with special guests Q&A, music and a movie. 

Our 7th season offers so many exciting titles, that began with the incredible 2018 Oscar nominees “Get Out” on May 5th,“The Greatest Showman” on June 16th, and “Coco” on October 27th. As well as anniversary screenings for beloved fan favorites “Dazed & Confused” starting our season on April 28th, “The Land Before Time”on May 19th, “The Big Lebowski” on June 9th, “Mrs. Doubtfire” on June 16th, “Stand and Deliver” and “I, Tonya” on June 23rd, “The Sandlot”  on June 30th, “Grease” on July 21st, “Mamma Mia!” on August 4th, “Casablanca” on August 25th, “The Wedding Singer” on September 1st, “Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist”on September 8th, “Practical Magic” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas” on September 29th and “Twilight” and the original cult classic “Halloween” on October 13th. We’ll also debut our first double-feature PJ party “The Craft” & “Teen Witch” on September 15th.


I have a date with Street Food Cinema

It’s that time of the year to plan spring/summer fun and am so excited about the upcoming schedule for Street Food Cinema in Los Angeles! Season 7 is kicking off 420 style with Richard Linklater’s “Dazed and Confused” screening Saturday, April 28th at the LA State Historic Park with special guests Sasha Jenson “Don” & Wiley Wiggins “Mitch” for a Q&A before the film starts at 8:30pm. Arrive early because doors open at 5:30pm so that you can grab some grub, find a good spot and than enjoy live music from Reckless at 6:30pm.

It’s not Street Food Cinema without food and so they have a selection of munchies for any appetite including Baby’s Badass Burgers, Belly Bombz, Cousins Maine Lobster, Keep it C’asian, Okamoto, Pinch of Flavor, Prince of Venice, Richeeze Melts, Sabores de Mexico, The Shrimp and Taco Stop, Spitz, White Rabbit, Word of Mouth, Dream Donut, Recess Truck, and more will be onsite!

Our 7th season offers so many exciting titles, beginning with the incredible 2018 Oscar nominees “Get Out” and “I, Tonya” on May 5th,“The Greatest Showman” on June 16th, “Lady Bird” on July 21st and “Coco” on October 27th. As well as anniversary screenings for beloved fan favorites “Dazed & Confused” starting our season on April 28th, “The Land Before Time” on May 19th, “The Big Lebowski” on June 9th, “Mrs. Doubtfire” on June 16th, “Stand and Deliver” on June 23rd, “The Sandlot”  on June 30th, “Grease” on July 21st, “Mamma Mia!” on August 4th, “Casablanca” on August 25th, “The Wedding Singer” on September 1st, “Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist” on September 8th, “Practical Magic” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas” on September 29th and “Twilight” and the original cult classic “Halloween” on October 13th. We’ll also debut our first double-feature PJ party “The Craft” & “Teen Witch” on September 15th. Now in it’s 7th season , Street Food Cinema is LA’s largest outdoor movie experience, combining carefully cultivated experiences  with outdoor movies, street food, audience games, live music and more. We’d love to have you join us this season for 27 weeks, 11 locations and more than 50 fantastic events!

This ultimate outdoor movie experience founded in 2012 by the dynamic husband and wife team of Steve Allison & Heather Hope-Allison, has developed a strong community of entertainment and food enthusiasts across Los Angeles.  Every Saturday throughout the summer, Street Food Cinema features beloved cult classic movies on a huge 50 foot screen alongside LA’s favorite food trucks like Cousins Maine Lobster, Street Kitchen LA and Churro Stix as well as emerging music artists such as Alex G., Past Action Heroes and The Urban Renewal Project: punctuated with themed audience games hosted by professional comedians to complete the interactive experience. Their Season 6 opener in 2017 was the worlds biggest La La Land screening AND the biggest Street Food Cinema to date at over 5,000 attendees.  With their visionary idea to take the outdoor movie experience to fully inclusive night out –they incorporated a variety of fascinating food trucks, pre-movie live entertainment and cool interactive experiences to massive audience appeal in three major markets: Los Angeles, San Diego and Phoenix.

I’m ready to Street Food Cinema Camping with Dirty Dancing

Image result for dirty dancingThe only thing that can get me camping is Dirty Dancing! I have been planning to have fun with Street Food Cinema this summer but this special night celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Dirty Dancing sounds like such fun that I’m ready to put my dancing shoes on. So am making plans and inviting friends to meet out at the King Gillette Ranch in Malibu on Saturday, July15th (King Gillette Ranch – 26800 Mulholland Hwy. Malibu, CA 91302).

Its two fun day of fun from dance lessons to the movie to breakfast the next day! I feel a need to cosplay with a ‘don’t put baby in the corner’ cute outfit.

 Saturday, July 15th

3:30 pm – Check-in opens.

4:30pm – Dance Lessons begin.

6:30 pm – Band performs.

8:30 pm – Movie starts.

10:30 pm – Outdoor Lounge, Kellerman’s Karaoke and other post-movie activities open.

11:30pm – Midnight Hike begins.

Sunday, July 16th

8:00 am – Catered breakfast opens.

2:00 pm – Check-out.

If you aren’t in Los Angeles they have fun events in San Diego & Phoenix .. can I say ROAD TRIP! Leave a comment below what you want to see! 

About: Street Food Cinema, the ultimate movie experience evolves into an unforgettable camping experience right in the middle of the Santa Monica Mountains, just above Malibu. This summer night retreat brings to life the classic elements of everyone’s beloved favorite with Kellerman’s summer resort including dance lessons with Johnny Castle, karaoke, and watermelons. It’s the summer of 1963 for Baby and Johnny, but we met them in the 80’s, so get ready for a 60’s/80’s decade mashup during this themed overnight experience (Sunday breakfast included).