Halloween Horror Movie Screenings, Film Festivals & All-Night Horror Shows in Los Angeles
Although Halloween Events are typically live (haunted houses, costume parties, etc.), Los Angeles offers plenty of Halloween 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 Halloween Horror Movie Screenings in L.A.
Scrolling down this page will lead to recent updates about Los Angeles Halloween Screenings, followed by a list of long-running seasonal film fests.
Halloween Horror Movie Screenings: Updates
Find the latest info about seasonal cinema in Los Angeles: Halloween On Screen.
Halloween Horror Movie Screenings: Pages
Below is a list of L.A. Halloween Screenings with their own pages. More will be added as we review events and gather photos and video that need a discrete home.
Below are Halloween Horror Movie Screenings in Los Angeles which have not yet had a page dedicated to them.
Hollywood Halloween Screenings: American Cinematheque Horrorthon
2021 Horrorthon Info: This year’s Halloween Horrorthon takes place at the Aero Theatre on Saturday, October 23, starting at 7pm. Titles include In the Mouth of Madness, It’s Alive, Nightbeast, House of Wax (2005), Horror Express, and The Brain. Tickets are $25. This is a vaccinated-only screening.
Other Updates: The American Cinematheque has resumed screenings at the Aero and Los Feliz theatres but not the Egyptian. The American Cinematheque does not present a month-long Halloween film festival, but for two weeks in September and October it does present the annual Beyond Fest, which includes horror and exploitation titles both new and old, including premiers and guest appearances. They also offer an annual Horrorthon The Aero Theatre.
American Cinematheque Articles
Information on The American Cinematheque’s October events can be found at the links below.
LOS FELIZ THEATRE: 1822 N Vermont Ave Los Angeles, CA 90027
HOLLYWOOD LEGION: 2035 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068
AERO THEATRE: 1328 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica.
Note: The American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood is undergoing a renovation. It is scheduled to reopen in 2022.
Get more information at the American Cinematheque website.
Hollywood Halloween Cinema Screenings: El Capitan Theatre
Halloween 2021 Schedule: Hocus Pocus – October 1-7; The Nightmare Before Christmas – October 8-17.
Update: The Nightmare Before Christmas returns for additional screenings on October 22-24 & 29-31. All shows start at 9:55pm.
Tickets: Reserved seating is $15 for adults and $12 for children (3-11) and senior(60+). El Capitan Theatre is located at 6838 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood. Get more information here.
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, plus a 3D presentation enhanced with live, in-theatre effects such as snow and fog. Screenings usually includes props, murals and photo ops in the lobby and live organ music before the films.
El Capitan Theatre is located at 6838 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, 90028. Get more information here.
L.A Halloween Horror Screenings: Heritage Square Museum
2021 Updates: The museum is open for tours. Their “Oh What a Beautiful Mourning” Halloween tour will take place on October 23-24, and there will be an immersive trick-or-treat event the final week of the month, but no screenings are listed on their schedule.
The Heritage Square Museum usually celebrates Halloween with horror movie screenings of a black-and-white classic . 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.
L.A Halloween Horror Screenings: The New Beverly Cinema
2021 Updates: The New Beverly’s annual Fright-a-Thon takes place on October 23 (sold out, sadly). The rest of October is filled with horror titles, including midnight movies and matinee screenings. Learn more here.
Throughout October, the New Beverly Cinema offers numerous classic, cult, and exploitation titles. Most years, Halloween Horror Movie Screenings take place as afternoon matinees or midnight movies, while the theatre’s usual repertory schedule continues during evenings. There is also an annual All-Night Horror Show scheduled sometime in the month.
New Beverly is at 7165 Beverly Boulevard in the Fairfax District. Their website is here.
West L.A Halloween Screenings: The Nuart Theatre
2021 Update: Theatre has reopened. Halloween screenings to be announced.
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.
Hollywood Halloween Horror Screenings: Rooftop Cinema Club
2021 Update: Rooftop Cinema Club has resumed screenings. Its Halloween Vibes series is scheduled to run in October.
Rooftop Cinema Club Los Angeles screens movies at three locations: Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA, Rooftop Cinema Club El Segundo, and the Drive-Up at Santa Monica Airport. The schedule for these venues is typically loaded with horror titles during the Halloween season. Get more information here.
Downtown Halloween Horror Screenings: Street Food Cinema’s Phantasmagoria
Street Food Cinema has announced its Halloween Schedule, including screenings of EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, JURASSIC PARK, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, HOCUS POCUS, THE CRAFT, and BEETLEJUICE.
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). Unfortunately, the event appears to have been a one-off.
For more information, including screening locations, visit Street Food Cinema’s website.