Los Angeles Halloween Cinema: Horror Film Festivals, Screenings & All-Night Horror Shows
Although Halloween Events are typically live (haunted houses, costume parties, etc.), Los Angeles offers plenty of horror movie screenings every October. Hollywood and the surrounding environs are home to several repertory and specialty theatres; local organizations screen movies in unusual, outdoor settings (parks, cemeteries), and even the major theatre chains get in on the action.
Many of these venues program lengthy series of classic, cult, and contemporary horror titles; others squeeze in a few scare films into otherwise Halloween-free programming. The locations are spread around the Greater Los Angeles area, so you need not live in Hollywood in order to enjoy a little Hollywood Gothique Cinema.
In short, there is no shortage of Los Angeles Halloween Horror Movie Screenings.
Scrolling down this page will lead to recent updates about Los Angeles Halloween Cinema events, followed by a list of long-running seasonal film fests.
Los Angeles Halloween Cinema: Updates
Check out the latest updates: Halloween On Screen.
Los Angeles Halloween Cinema: Pages
Below is a list of Los Angeles Halloween Horror Screenings with their own pages. More will be added as we review events and gather photos and video that need a discrete home.
Below several other Halloween Cinema screenings, which have not yet had a page dedicated to them.
Los Angeles Halloween Cinema: American Cinematheque
Nothing scheduled for Halloween 2020.
The American Cinematheque does not always present an extended Halloween film festival, but it usually programs numerous horror films at its two venues: The Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. An annual All Night Horrorthon The Aero Theatre has also become a tradition.
The Egyptian Theatre is at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood. The Aero Theatre is 1328 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica. Get more information at the American Cinematheque website.
Los Angeles Halloween Cinema: Cinespia
During normal years, Cinespia screens horror films in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery; however, none are scheduled for this Halloween.
This is unfortunate. An outdoor setting is relatively safe from Covid-19, Cinepsia's presentation provides picture and sound quality that are surprisingly good for a popup event.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery is at 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles. Get more information here.
Los Angeles Halloween Cinema: El Capitan Theatre
Nothing scheduled for this Halloween.
Disney's El Capitan Theatre offers family-friendly scares every Fall, with films such as Hocus Pocus and Coco. Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas typically gets an extended run, usually with an opening night celebration featuring guests and live singing.
El Capitan Theatre is located at 6838 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood. Get more information here.
Los Angeles Halloween Cinema: Heritage Square Museum
Nothing scheduled for October.
The Heritage Square Museum usually celebrates Halloween with Movie Night features a screening of a classic black-and-white horror movie. The event includes food trucks, cash bar (beer and wine), and tours of the museum's historic buildings.
Heritage Square Museum is located at 3800 Homer Street near Montecito Heights. Learn more at the museum's website.
Los Angeles Halloween Cinema: The New Beverly Cinema
Theatre is currently closed due to Covid-19.
Throughout October, the New Beverly Cinema mixes classic horror and exploitation titles, screening the Halloween-themed films as afternoon matinees or midnight movies, while maintaining is usual repertory schedule during the evenings. There is also an annual All-Night Horror Show scheduled early in the month.
New Beverly is at 7165 Beverly Boulevard in the Fairfax District. Their website is here.
Los Angeles Halloween Cinema: The Nuart Theatre
Theatre is currently closed.
Landmark's Nuart Theatre screens horror, fantasy, and science fiction films year round as part of its weekly Friday-night Cine Insomnia series. The ratio of horror titles goes up during the Halloween season.
The Nuart Theatre is at 11272 Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles. Get more information here.
Los Angeles Halloween Cinema: Old Town Music Hall
Theatre is currently closed.
Every Halloween, Old Town Music Hall turns into Old Town Music Haunt, offering month-long festival of classic horror movies preceded by live music played on the venue's Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ, an audience sing-along, and a comedy short. The schedule heavily favors black-and-white Universal horror movies from the 1930s and 1940s, usually with at least one silent movie (featuring live accompaniment) from the 1920s.
Shows take place on weekends, with screenings on Friday evenings, Saturday afternoons and evenings, and Sundays afternoons.
Old Town Music Hall is located at 140 Richmond Street in El Segundo. Get ticket info here.
Los Angeles Halloween Cinema: Rooftop Cinema Club
Both of the Rooftop Cinema Club's locations are currently closed.
Rooftop Cinema Club Los Angeles screens movies at Neuehouse Hollywood and Level Downtown. The schedule for both venues is loaded with horror titles during the Halloween season.
Level Downtown screenings are on the fourth floor of 888 South Olive Street in downtown Los Angeles. Neuehouse Hollywood Screenings are on the third floor of 6121 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Get more information here.
Los Angeles Halloween Cinema: Screamfest Horror Festival
The Screamfest website claims the annual fest still plans to proceed as scheduled, October 6 through 15th, 2020, but no events have been scheduled.
The annual Screamfest Horror Film Festival runs in mid-October at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres. Programming includes premieres of short subjects and independent feature films
The address is 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood. The event's website is: screamfestla.com.
Los Angeles Halloween Cinema: Secret Movie Club
No Halloween schedule has been announced yet, but Secret Movie Club is currently screening sci-fi movies in outdoor venues.
The Secret Movie Club programs films year-round, turning toward the horror genre every Halloween, with an eclectic selection of old and new titles projected in 35mm. Screenings are at midnight in the Vista Theatre unless otherwise noted.
The Vista Theatre's address is 4473 Sunset Drive in Hollywood. Get more information at the Secret Movie Club's Facebook page.
Los Angeles Halloween Cinema: Street Food Cinema's Phantasmagoria
Nothing is scheduled for Halloween yet, but Streed Food Cinema is currently screening films in drive-in settings.
As the name suggests, Street Food Cinema screens movies outdoors. Their year-round programming takes a turn toward terror every Halloween, presenting films in several locations around town: Victory Park in Pasadena, Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades, etc. For Halloween 2019, Street Food Cinema introduced a new Halloween Cinema Event, Cinema Phantasmagoria, a sort of immersive experience inside the Million Dollar Theatre, with costumed actors transporting guests back into the 1920s (reviewed here).
The Million Dollar Theatre is at 307 S Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. For other theatre locations, visit Street Food Cinema's website.