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It’s no secret that I love LA. After having dated more than my fair share of cities and small towns, I really appreciate all of LA’s charms and quirks and can officially say it’s not just a crush, it’s love.

And summer in LA is the best. So I thought it might be fun if I shared some of my favorite summer-in-LA activities — in case you are visiting LA this summer or already live here and are looking to make the most of summer in LA  — beginning with one of the most unique: picnic and a movie at Hollywood Forever.



Hollywood Forever is a cemetery, where some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities and luminaries have been laid to rest (Jayne Mansfield, Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks, John Huston, among others). In fact, Paramount Studios was built on the back half of the original Hollywood Cemetery (and is still there today).

Each summer, Cinespia screens old movies, from classics (Hitchcock, Hepburn) to comedies (Raising Arizona, The Jerk). Everyone brings their own picnic and then watches a film, which is projected against the side of a building in the cemetery. Sounds weird, right? Maybe even a little creepy. I get it. But it’s a blast. An evening under the stars, amongst the stars if you will.

We held our second Picnic Club outing (this was our first) here on Saturday and it was awesome. We watched Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train among towering palm trees, the glow of Griffith Park Observatory in the background (this time, a few fireworks were set off over the Observatory, making the experience even more memorable).

Silence of the Lambs is next (pack some fava beans and a nice Chianti, if you dare), followed by Sabrina on May 26th. I’m sad to miss it, as we’ll be in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and San Antonio, Texas (more on that later!), but if you go, please give Audrey my best, daaahling xx.

Hollywood Forever
6000 Santa Monica Blvd (at Gower)
Los Angeles, CA
Calendar & tickets here


Tip: This has become a very popular event, so I recommend buying your tickets and parking passes online ahead of time.


[Photos by BussBuss]



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