It's no secret that this girl loves bucket lists and cemeteries, so it shouldn't be a surprise that I've been dying (don't mind the tasteless pun) to see a movie in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The Boof and I visited this cemetery years ago and fell in love. There are a number of well-known people buried here. Jane Mansfield, Rudolph Valentino, Cecile DeMill ("I'm ready for my close up Mr. DeMill."), Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Ramone, Bugsy Siegel, and Toto from The Wizard of Oz just to name a few. The grounds are beautiful too. You may have seen them if you've watched the movies The Green Hornet with Seth Rogen or Valentine's Day with Ashton Kutcher. If you've seen Valentine's Day, you have an idea of what watching a movie in the cemetery actually looks like. It sounds really creepy but it is quite the opposite. The movie is projected on a mausoleum wall and the audience sits on low rise lawn chairs or blankets in a grassy knoll that doesn't have any tombstones. For the most part you don't even know you're in a cemetery.
After years of saying we were going to see a movie, The Boof and I finally did. Boy am I glad we waited too. We managed to get tickets to see the 30th anniversary screening of Purple Rain. This is major! Our first date was a Prince concert. Our wedding song is a Prince song. Presley's first concert was Morris Day and The Time. As you can see, we're fans.
Before and after the movie a guest DJ spins tunes (eek, that sounded like an old lady). Guess who was the guest DJ on the night we went? Nope, not Prince. I would have fainted. It was QuestLove of The Roots. Pretty damn awesome, right?
If you ever decide to do this, I have a few tips.
1. Sign up for email notifications at Cinespia.org
This is the company that puts this event together. Since it is Southern California and our summers are pretty long, screenings start in April and continue until October. Every month Cinespia will email you the monthly screenings. Another great thing about Cinespia. They take polls throughout the year to see what movies their customers want to see. I've suggested a few. Although I'm not too sure how much L.A.'s hipsters will like a screening of Mean Girls.
2. Bring cash for parking
We parked in a small, private lot along side Paramount Studios. It was $10. There were a number of private businesses offering parking for $8-12. We just stopped at the lot that was the most convenient and looked like our car wouldn't get bashed.
3. Bring food, drinks, and a tarp
Snacks and drinks are permitted, even alcohol. Just wine and beer but still pretty cool.
Also, I highly recommend a tarp for under your blanket. Luckily we brought two blankets that we were able to stack on top of each other. When we left, the bottom blanket was pretty wet. A tarp would have been better.
If you can hold out for some munchies after the movie, find a local food truck. L.A. is crawling with them, especially on the weekends. The Boof and I made a point to find Roy Choi's food truck, Kogi. It's Korean and Mexican fusion food. Damn good food!