Street Food Cinema more than dinner and a movie

By Darlene Donloe

Contributing Writer

LOS ANGELES — Street Food Cinema is just the thing for people who like going to the movies.

It’s a twist on dinner and a movie.

Known for hosting moveable movie screenings outdoors under the stars at various parks around Los Angeles, Street Food Cinema complements the experience with music and a variety of food trucks peppered throughout the sites for those in attendance scampering to find a choice spot on the grass.

People can bring their favorite blanket, watch a film, munch on their favorite food and drink their favorite libations while taking in a fan-favorite film on an enormous screen.

With 30-plus outdoor events scheduled across Los Angeles parks, Street Food Cinema, kicked off its 2024 outdoor season April 27 at the Autry Museum with the popular, Academy Award-nominated film, “Barbie.”

Since 2012, the popular event, reportedly L.A.’s largest outdoor cinema series, has been showcasing fan-favorite films on Saturdays on a huge outdoor screen at various places in city.

It’s a big party with hundreds to thousands of movie fans in attendance. Those attending are treated to live music from L.A.-based artists before each screening.

“We are so very happy to roll out our traveling picnic party of movies and music and street food celebrating our 13th season under the L.A. sun,” said Steve Allison, owner of Til Events – Street Food Cinema.

More than just movies, Street Food Cinema offers rotating food trucks, entertainment, interactive audience games, themed photo opportunities, classic concessions and artisanal vendors.

Most locations also feature a full bar with specialty cocktails and are dog friendly.

Some of the Street Food Cinema locations include the Autry Museum of the American West at Griffith Park, Los Angeles State Historic Park near Chinatown, Pearson Park Amphitheater in Anaheim, Grand Hope Park in downtown and Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades. 

Street Food Cinema, a family-friendly event, is owned and produced by TIL Events, specializing in creative event production and marketing for top brands such as Netflix, Paramount+, Nationwide, Dreamworks, Snapchat, Nickelodeon, Lionsgate and Warner Bros.

Some of this year’s upcoming films include “Freaky Friday,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Avatar: The Last Airbender Night,” “Mary Poppins,” “The Goonies,” “The Crow,” “Friends,” “National Treasure,” “Devil Wears Prada,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Princess Diaries,” “Jurassic Park,” “Summer of Soul,” “Back To the Future Part III,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Selena” and more.

The 2024 outdoor season runs 27 weeks through Oct. 26, featuring more than 30 events.  Last year’s opening night brought a crowd of more than 1,800. 

Advance tickets range from $22 to $27. On-site tickets range from $27 to $32. Season passes also are available.

Additional schedule announcements are coming soon and will continue throughout the season, including surprise special events.

A complete schedule as well as ticket information can be found at

Darlene Donloe is a freelance reporter for Wave Newspapers who covers South Los Angeles. She can be reached at