Cinespia's big movie May includes LA State Historic Park and a first visit to the Rose Bowl – NBC Los Angeles


What you should know

  • The 23rd season of Cinespia starts in May 2024
  • The Outdoor Film Series, synonymous with Hollywood Forever Cemetery, regularly visits several outdoor locations in Los Angeles
  • $22 general admission; “Mamma Mia!” Screenings May 10 at LA State Historic Park near Chinatown; “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” ​​is the film on May 17th, while “Almost Famous” is at the Rose Bowl on May 25th

When you are a hobbit and go on an exciting adventure, you never know exactly where the path will lead.

But you'll know on May 17: The trail ends at Los Angeles State Historic Park, where Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers will provide an enchanted evening.

The outfit behind this magical, orc-filled Helms Deep-ian delight? It's Cinespia, of course.

Well, maybe “of course” is a bit superficial: you associate the outdoor film series, which is entering its 23rd season, with Hollywood Forever Cemetery and nowhere else.

But the film-loving group has also visited other sprawling and starry locales over the decades — yes, decades — including Griffith Park near the Greek Theater and Los Angeles State Historic Park, a short distance north of DTLA.

The fabled park will play host to two Cinespia screenings in the opening month, with “Mamma Mia!” singing his heart out with “Mamma Mia!” on May 10th. Then, on May 17, you'll want to head to Rohan, or rather, Los Angeles State Historic Park, where the second film in The Lord of the Rings trilogy will be shown fighting on the big screen.

And on May 25th? Here's the melodic twist that long-time Cinespia fans are eagerly awaiting: The series is going to a new location, or at least a new Cinespia location, a destination that fits well with the main film.

The film that will shine on the last Saturday in May 2024? It's “Almost Famous” that's set to rock hard at the Rose Bowl Stadium, a venue that has seen the odd big concert.

“We’re excited to be back with a fantastic first slate of films for the 2024 summer season,” said Cinespia founder John Wyatt.

“We're also thrilled to announce our newest venue, the iconic Rose Bowl Stadium, where we'll be premiering a crowd favorite, 'Almost Famous,'” Wyatt added.

As with previous screenings, a pop-up photo booth themed around the film adds extra pizzazz. So make sure you wear your island-inspired attire, your hobbit cloak, or your Stillwater chicest for a snapshot.

Tickets start at $22; Find out how to bring a blanket, what to expect in terms of food, and what other details you need to know before you embark on your film-loving journey to these two great locations with Cinespia.

Pictured: A photo from a previous Cinespia screening of “Almost Famous.”