Cinespia, LA’s favorite cinematic experience, presented by Amazon Studios, has a spooktacular lineup planned for October. John Wyatt, founder of Cinespia, announced today that the final 2017 cemetery screenings will include GHOSTBUSTERS (October 7) and the new 4K restoration of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (October 21) which will include a special tribute to the late George A. Romero.
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, distributed by Janus Films, was restored by The Museum of Modern Art and The Film Foundation. Funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation and the Celeste Bartos Fund for Film Preservation.
The first ever major restoration was overseen by George A. Romero and Image Ten—most especially, Gary Streiner, Russ Streiner, and John Russo—with restoration work done by Cineric Inc, NYC, and Audio Mechanics, Burbank, CA.
Over Halloween weekend Cinespia will kick off their Downtown LA series on October 28 with a very special screening of LABYRINTH complete with a costume ball at the historic Los Angeles Theatre.
The celebrated cinematic experience has garnered worldwide notoriety and boasts A-list guests including Aaron Paul, David and Victoria Beckham, James Franco, Emma Stone, Brie Larson, Ryan Gosling, Justin Timberlake, Kristen Stewart, Natalie Portman, Drew Barrymore, and so many more.
The October schedule will include the following screenings:
- Saturday, October 7 (Hollywood Forever Cemetery) – Grab your proton pack and join us for a fun fall screening of Ghostbusters (1984) starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, Rick Moranis, and Annie Potts. Tickets are $16.
- Saturday, October 21 (Hollywood Forever Cemetery) – There is no better way to celebrate the life and incredible career of the late George A. Romero than a special screening of Night of the Living Dead (1968) under the stars at the iconic Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Tickets are $16.
- Saturday, October 28 (Los Angeles Theatre) – If you were wondering about the best Halloween bash in town, wonder no more. Join Cinespia to kick off their Downtown LA series with a costume ball and a very special screening of Labyrinth (1986) directed by Jim Henson and starring Jennifer Connolly, Toby Froud, and the Goblin King himself, David Bowie. Tickets are $35 (GA); $85 (RESERVED) and include a magic show, live music, photo booth, and five full bars.
Tickets are now available at www.cinespia.org.
Cinespia is an organization that screens beloved classic films throughout the year summoning tens of thousands of moviegoers from around the world—as well as a few of Hollywood’s most famous faces—for a truly unique cinematic experience. Cinespia hosts roughly 24 screenings per summer with an additional 10-15 year round events. Cinespia also hosts screenings, fundraisers, concerts, television and film premieres at Hollywood Forever Cemetery as well as historic movie palaces in downtown Los Angeles all year long. The 2017 season, sponsored by Amazon Studios, marks the 16th anniversary of the first and longest running outdoor screening series in Los Angeles.
THE CINESPIA EXPERIENCE
“There’s a need in L.A. for people to get together and watch films with each other. That’s how these films were meant to be seen: on the big screen with a large audience, cheering, screaming, laughing. The picnics, the DJs, the community vibe and a great film, these things transform the movie-going experience,” explains Cinespia founder, John Wyatt.
The most popular outdoor cinema event in Southern California, Cinespia is celebrated by fans and filmmakers for hosting a relaxed, off-beat experience. Welcoming up to 4,000 moviegoers per night, guests are invited to bring their own blankets, food, and drinks (including beer and wine), before settling in under the stars for a classic (and sometimes campy) cinematic experience. A favorite among film buffs and trendy Angelenos alike, the magic of Hollywood’s most memorable moments are heightened by the roar of the crowd and movies on the big screen. Every screening also features world class DJ talent to keep the crowd buzzing before and after the main event.
Cinespia sold out every one of its events in 2016, hosting over 100,000 audience members. Tickets sell for $16 each.
ABOUT AMAZON STUDIOS
Amazon Studios brings bold and innovative series and films from top tier and up-and-coming creators to customers in over 200 countries and territories. Original productions range from bold and timely subject matter such as Jill Solloway’saward-winning Transparent and acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee’s Chi-raq; to the critically hailed The Grand Tour, Mozart in the Jungle and Man in the High Castle. In film, Amazon Studios produces and acquires original movies for theatrical release and early window distribution exclusively for Amazon Prime members. At the 2017 Academy Awards, Amazon Studios became the first streaming service to win an Oscar for Manchester by the Sea (Best Screenplay, Kenneth Lonergan and Best Actor, Casey Affleck) and The Salesman (Best Foreign Film). Notable releases this year include the box office success Michael Showalter’s The Big Sick, Matt Ruskin’s Crown Heights, Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck coming on October 20, Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying on November 3 and Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel on December 1.
ABOUT THE HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERY
Founded in 1899, the Hollywood Forever Cemetery—formerly known as the Hollywood Memorial Park—houses the remains of some of the film industry’s most iconic stars, including Rudolph Valentino, Mickey Rooney, Douglas Fairbanks, Nelson Eddy, Peter Lorre, Janet Gaynor, Tyrone Power, Clifton Webb, and many more. Despite its legendary reputation, by the time it was purchased in 1998, it had fallen into total disrepair. Located just adjacent to Paramount Studios in Hollywood, the cemetery was “dilapidated, overgrown, totally closed when the current owners took over,” said Wyatt. Its restoration was due in large part to the income received from the Cinespia screenings, which began only a few years later.
Cemetery screenings take place on the Fairbanks Lawn (named after legendary filmmaker Douglas Fairbanks) and are digitally projected against the west wall of the Cathedral Mausoleum, which houses the crypt of Rudolph Valentino, among others. The first screening, of Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train, took place on July 20, 2002, by way of two 35mm projectors attached to the back of a pickup truck, and attracted a modest 300 people. The following presentation, however, of French horror classic Eyes Without A Face, brought in more than a thousand. Since then, the event has developed a devoted following that fills the cemetery lawn week after week.
The Hollywood Forever Cemetery is located at 6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038. On-site parking passes at the cemetery are available for purchase online with ticket sales. Parking is also provided at the Paramount Studios 801 N Gower Street parking lot. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit
ABOUT THE LOS ANGELES THEATRE
The Los Angeles Theatre was the last and most extravagant of the ornate movie palaces built on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles between 1911 and 1931. Designed by architect S. Charles Lee with a French Baroque-inspired décor, its majestic six-story main lobby and 2,200-seat auditorium of carved plaster ornamentation, mirrors, and cove-lit murals recall the glamorous days of 1930s Hollywood. The Los Angeles Theatre, located in the heart of the downtown Los Angeles historic district at 615 S Broadway, is available for rental to a range of events including film screenings, stage performances, and special events such as parties, weddings, and receptions.