Tourist Attractions in Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles, California Cityscape

Whether you’re a tourist in for the weekend or local resident looking to explore, there’s certainly a lot to see and do in Los Angeles. For starters, the Hollywood attractions are a lot of fun—a visit to Universal Studios to see how movies are created, a stroll down Hollywood Boulevard to Grauman’s Chinese Theater to look at the celebrity handprints and footprints, or a hike along the Mt. Hollywood Trail to see the “Hollywood” sign up close.

Others can’t wait to get to the beach. A top attraction for out-of-towners and Angelinos alike is to stroll Venice Beach’s eclectic and bohemian boardwalk. Santa Monica Pier is another top oceanside venue, home of the largest Ferris wheel on the West Coast. If you just want swim and sunbathe, Hermosa and Manhattan Beaches are both great choices. Long Beach is also a popular destination, not just to enjoy the beach, but to see the Queen Mary ocean liner that is anchored there.

If museums are your thing, you may want to visit the J. Paul Getty Museum, located in the Santa Monica Mountains, to see the contemporary art exhibits and collections of Green and Roman antiquities. The Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art are both exceptional museums as well, as is the Huntington Library in San Marino (about 10 miles north of downtown LA), which has an extensive art gallery as well as 120 acres of gardens to stroll. In Hancock Park, check out the La Brea Tar Pits and the adjacent Page Museum to see reconstructed fossils of prehistoric animals found in the giant tar craters.

There are so many other tourist attractions in LA that could be mentioned—like Griffith Park, the largest state park in California and home to the Los Angeles Zoo, the Greek Theatre, the Griffith Observatory and the Autry National Center; Chinatown and Little Tokyo, where you can not only get fabulous food, but also soak up the far-eastern cultures; and theme parks like Disneyland, Six Flags Magic Mountain and Knott’s Berry Farm.

Follow up your touring with Eat|See|Hear

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It’s exciting to think about all you can do in the LA area! But after you’ve spent a whole day touring, hiking trails and strolling boardwalks, and even just lying in the hot sun on the beach, you’re going to need some chillin’ out time.

A great way to relax after a fun-but-busy day is to go to an Eat|See|Hear outdoor movie event, complete with food trucks and live music. Every Saturday during the summer months, Eat|See|Hear showcases a different classic or contemporary film at rotating Los Angeles area venues. The films are projected onto a three-story high, 52-foot wide inflatable movie screen—the largest of its kind west of the Mississippi.

This coming Saturday night, June 20, Eat|See|Hear will be showing Tim Burton’s haunting yet whimsical modern fairly tale, Edward Scissorhands. This event will be held at Santa Monica High School’s Memorial Greek Amphitheatre, located at 601 Pico Blvd in Santa Monica. Showtime is 8:30 p.m.

This 1990 film stars Johnny Depp who plays Edward, a gentle, naïve young man, the creation of an inventor whose sudden death left him unfinished, with sharp metal shears for hands. Edward lived alone in darkness, in a castle high on top of a hill, until a kind Avon lady discovers him and takes him home. At first, everyone welcomes Edward into the community, but soon things begin to take a change for the worse. The all-star supporting cast includes Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall, Kathy Baker, Vincent Price and Alan Arkin.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Even though the film doesn’t start until 8:30, it’s good to get there early so that you find your seats and get settled before the show starts. This venue is an amphitheater with concrete seating, so you’ll want to bring seat cushions, pillows or blankets so you can be more comfortable.

Plenty of food trucks will be on hand. They’ll be open for business starting at 5:30 p.m. The lineup includes Brasil Kiss, Coolhaus, Crepe de Ville, Let’s Roll It, LuckDish Curry, Mexican Kitchen, No Toros, Peaches Smokehouse BBQ, Postcards CAS, Seoul Sausage, the Schmuck Truck and more.

At 7:30 p.m., the indie alternative band, OYLS, will take the stage. Fans of Alt-J and Disclosure will enjoy the band’s seamless blends of rock, soul and Motown with a rhythmic backbone. The band is comprised of two LA natives, David Kirshenbaum and Michael Lipp, who are both ready to make their mark on the 21st century electronic landscape.

Parking is available at the Civic Center Parking Structure, for a flat fee of $5. This parking structure is located at 333 Civic Center Drive, which is across the street from Santa Monica High School. Movie goers are asked to enter the amphitheater through the walkway on 4th Street, between the track and the DoubleTree Hotel.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance on this website. Buying your tickets in advance is the way to go, because you will automatically be entered to win a R/T flight to Auckland, courtesy of Air New Zealand shows sometimes sell out. If you wait to buy your ticket at the door, it might be too late to get one.

In addition to general admission tickets, a limited number of “Air New Zealand Fashionably Late” passes are available for purchase in advance at the Eventbrite website, granting seating in a reserved area, regardless of arrival time.

Neighborhoods around Santa Monica

If everything goes as scheduled, and it usually does, Edward Scissorhands will be finished by 10:30 pm and Eat|See|Hear’s June 20 event will be over. Of course it’s a Saturday night. After the movie, the night will still be young, right?!!

For you night-owls reading this, there are some really cool late-night eateries, clubs and lounges in Santa Monica where you can go to after the movie for drinks, dessert or a midnight snack. You’ll find a good selection of establishments in downtown and mid-town Santa Monica, and in the neighborhoods of Ocean Park, Pico, Sunset Park and Wilshire-Montana, and north of Montana.

Just minutes away from Santa Monica are the communities of Brentwood, Pacific Palisades and Sawtelle to the north, Mar Vista to the east, and Venice to the south. You’ll find plenty of late night food and drink establishments in these neighborhoods too.

Of course, a Saturday night stroll in any of these neighborhoods is also a nice way to end an evening. Or, you could take a walk in the moonlight along Venice beach or the boardwalk, or Santa Monica Pier, and just spend some time listening to the crashing waves. Whether you’re a long-time LA resident or a first-time visitor, that’s a really pleasant finale to a super-fun day!

Things To Do in Griffith Park

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There are so many enjoyable things to do in Griffith Park! A favorite for a lot of families is the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, home to 1,100 animals from over 250 species. Next door is the Autry museum founded by Gene Autry and his wife Jackie, featuring exhibits from America’s Old West. Another attraction is the Griffith Observatory, which offers hundreds of astronomy exhibits as well as planetarium shows. If you’re up for a hike, you can take the 3.8 mile trek from the Griffith Observatory to Mount Hollywood to get a great view of the world famous Hollywood sign. Or, you can rent a horse at Sunset Ranch Hollywood, just outside of Griffith Park, and go on a one-hour trail ride to the Hollywood sign viewing area.

No wonder many thousands of people—tourists and LA locals alike—head to Griffith Park every weekend to take in all the attractions that are there. Located on a hilltop just outside of Los Angeles proper, Griffith Park encompasses 4,210 acres, making it the largest state park in California. Besides going to one of the “big name” attractions, you can walk along some of the park’s 53 miles of hiking trails or take a mountain drive in your car, to get some spectacular views of the sprawling city below. That alone is something to see! Griffith Park is also home to several golf courses and a municipal pool.

Neighborhoods around Griffith Park

LA’s largest and most popular park, Griffith Park, is a natural refuge surrounded by a vibrant urban environment. To the north is the city of Burbank, billed as the “Media Capital of the World,” and just east is the city of Glendale, the third largest city in Los Angeles County and home to the Glendale Galleria, one of California’s largest retail shopping malls. Hollywood Hills, famous for its expensive homes and celebrity residents, lies to the west. The three communities to the south of Griffith Park are Los Feliz, home to many early movie studios including Walt Disney’s first and second studios; Atwater Village, a residential neighborhood known for upscale shopping and eclectic eateries and clubs; and the trendy, hipster community of Silver Lake, famous for its booming arts scene and home to some of the most avant -garde Modernist architecture in the U.S.

More fun in Griffith Park: Eat|See|Hear at the Autry!

griffith park eventsA great day to go to Griffith Park is this coming Saturday, June 13. If you do, there’s an additional event to take in: Eat|See|Hear, LA’s premier outdoor movie, food truck and live music event series, will be at the Autry that evening to show the award-winning film, The Grand Budapest Hotel. This event will be held at the South Lawn of the Autry National Center, located at 4700 Western Heritage Way. Showtime is at 8:30 p.m.

Set between the first and second World Wars, The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune—all against the backdrop of a dramatically-changing continent. Directed by Wes Anderson, the star-studded cast includes Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham and Mathieu Amalric.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. to allow movie goers plenty of time to get settled before the movie starts. Since this venue is a grassy lawn, movie goers should bring pillows, cushions and blankets to sit on during the show. Low beach chairs are also allowed for seating, but need to be short-legged (no more than 6 inches off the ground) if you plan on sitting in the main seating area. If you want to sit in a taller chair, such as a lawn chair or folding sports or camping chair, you will be required to sit outside the center of the venue.

State to State is an Eat See Hear alumni and we are excited to have them back in 2015! The band was formed in 2012 via the darkest corner of the Internet… Craigslist. They self-released their full length,”No Bounds,” in 2013 and are about release their second effort in the summer of 2015. Fresh off a Hotel Cafe residency, State to State is garnering substantial buzz throughout Southern California.

Plenty of food trucks will be on site during the evening. The lineup includes Belly Bombz, Brasil Kiss, Canvas Foods, Coolhaus, Slanging Corea, Slummin Gourmet, Son of a Bun and Steamy Bun. There is going to be a lot of scrumptious food to choose from, from snacks like cheese fries and churros, to authentic ethnic dishes, traditional American fare and gourmet food. Another reason to arrive early to the event is so that you can have plenty of time to sample foods from to several different vendors. The food trucks will all be open for business at 5:30 p.m.

Whether this is your first time to an Eat|See|Hear event or you go every weekend all summer long, you are sure to have fun this coming Saturday in Griffith Park. Parking is pretty much stress-free at this venue. Movie patrons can park for free in the Los Angeles Zoo parking lot, which is across the street from the Autry. Usually there are plenty of vacant parking spots to choose from. From the LA Zoo parking lot, it is just a short walk to the Autry’s South Lawn.

If you’re going to take in some of Griffith Park’s other attractions that day as well, you’re going to have some additional planning to do. You can fit a lot of fun into a Saturday. You might hike the Mount Hollywood Trail, take in a round of golf or visit the LA Zoo during the afternoon. By the time 5:30 rolls around, you’ll be super-ready to relax on your picnic blanket with friends, eat a delicious dinner from a food truck, chill out to some music, and unwind watching The Grand Budapest Hotel.

One final note: Griffith Park is known for cold pockets of air at night—even during the summer months. Don’t forget to bring jackets, sweaters or an extra blanket or two to wrap up in once the sun sets. Remember, you’re going to Griffith Park to do some chillin’ out….but you don’t want to be chilled.

Museums in Los Angeles

Autry Griffith Park Los AngelesThere are lots of fun museums in Los Angeles to see, especially if you’re new to the area. One museum in particular that you’ll definitely want to check out is the Autry National Center. The Autry is a museum dedicated to the history and culture of the American West. Almost half of the Autry’s artifacts are grouped together in the museum’s American Indian Collection, which displays work by indigenous peoples throughout North and South America, with an emphasis on the cultures of California and the Southwestern United States. It is one of the most comprehensive collections of its kind in the United States.

The Autry Museum

On Saturdays, the Autry Museum is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. You will probably want at least 2 to 3 hours to see the main exhibits, so you should plan on arriving by 3 p.m. at the latest. The Museum’s collection includes over 500,000 sculptures, paintings, textiles, costumes, tools, firearms, toys, musical instruments and other pieces of art and artifacts from the Old West. Be sure to check out the current exhibition Empire & Liberty, The Civil War in the West.

The admission fees are relatively inexpensive for a quality museum like the Autry. Adult admission is $10, students (with current ID) and seniors (age 60 and up) are $6 each, children (ages 3–12) are $4 each, and children under 3 are free.

Outdoor Movie Events at The Autry

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Another great feature about the Autry is every Saturday night during summertime, Eat|See|Hear hosts an outdoor movie, food truck and live music event next to it. The movie slated for this coming Saturday night, June 6, is the 1961 romantic comedy, Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s stars Audrey Hepburn, who plays the pretty but quirky Holly Golightly. When struggling writer, Paul Varjak (played by George Peppard), moves into Holly’s apartment building, he immediately becomes enchanted with her, even though he finds her confusing. She’s a sexy, sophisticated society girl out in public, but becomes a sweet, vulnerable mess when they’re alone. It’s almost like Holly is two different people, and Paul never knows what to expect when he’s around her. Directed by Blake Edwards, the film was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress in 2012, and selected for preservation in the National Film Register. The movie’s all-star supporting cast includes Mickey Rooney, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebson and Martin Balsam.

This event will be held at the South Lawn of the Autry National Center, located at 4700 Western Heritage Way in Griffith Park. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. Like always, doors open at 5:30 to give movie goers plenty of time to figure out where they’re going to sit and get settled, before the movie starts.

The “Eat” and “Hear” Aspects of the Evening

pizza truck If a good movie and museum wasn’t enough be excited about, the food and music entertainment options slated for the evening are also top-notch.

As always, there will be a wide selection of food trucks on hand, serving up a variety of snack foods and meals. You can get a latte or espresso from LA’s traveling barista truck, Brasil Kiss. If you’d like some out-of-the-ordinary ethnic food, get some Polish dumplings from the Polka Pierogi or Italian quesadillas from Romolo’s Italian. Good choices for all-American entrees are the Grilled Cheese Truck and Angie’s Wieners. If you just want a sweet treat, you could buy one of Royal Red Velvet’s famous red velvet cupcakes or a chocolate mint ice cream sandwich from Coolhaus. All of these food trucks will be on site thiscoming Saturday, plus Foodism, Share a Meal, Smokin Willie’s BBQ, Street Foods Co., Street Kitchen, The Gastrobus and The Grilled Cheese Truck. Food trucks will be open and ready to serve guests when Eat|See|Hear’s doors open at 5:30 p.m.

At around 7:30 p.m., Alec Benjamin, will take the stage. Like performers at Eat|See|Hear, he’s an emerging artist working on his debut album right now, which will be released through Columbia Records later on this year. That’s just FYI, because after you hear him Saturday night, you’ll probably want to buy the new album.

Parking, Ticketing and Doggie Details

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It may not be quite as exciting as entertainment or food options, but still important to mention, is where to park. The parking situation for this Eat|See|Hear is especially good. You can park for free at the Los Angeles Zoo parking lot, which is across the street from the Autry. It’s a huge lot, with plenty of spaces. Even if you arrive last-minute, you will still be able to find a place to park. From the parking lot, it’s just a short walk to the South Lawn (or to the Autry Museum, if you are going there first). For people who may be biking in, there are racks for parking bicycles for free at the Autry.

Now that you most definitely want to go to this event, you should buy your tickets in advance on this website. General admission tickets are $12 each for adults, $8 for children under 12 years old, and free for children 5 and under. If the show hasn’t sold out, tickets can also be purchased at the door. But be forewarned: shows can sell out, so buying your tickets in advance is your best bet. Plus, when you buy your tickets online you will automatically be entered to win a R/T flight to New Zealand courtesy of Air New Zealand. And, at the Breakfast at Tiffany’s screening they are also giving away a R/T flight to London and everyone in attendance will be entered.
Eat|See|Hear is a great idea for a date with a special someone, or a fun way to spend time with your family or friends. If you’ve got a dog, he may also want to come along. As is true for every Eat|See|Hear event, movie-goers are welcome to bring their canine companions with them to the event. Just remember if you do bring Fido, to bring some water, a water bowl and dog treats. You’re probably going to be munching on some delicious food during the show, and your pooch is going to want something to eat too. You’re also going to want to be able to clean up his messes afterwards, so it’s also important to bring some waste bags with you.

Saturday is just about here! Order your tickets today so you, your friends and your dog can join in the fun!

Concerts in LA: Dutch Party in Santa Monica

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One of the best things about living in sunny Southern California is all the great outdoor concerts you can go to in Los Angeles during the summer months. There’s a different musical act in a new venue you can go to every weekend. And really, there’s nothing like sitting on a blanket under the stars with your special someone or good friends, and kickin’ back to some chillin’ out music.

But even better than an outdoor concert is a live band AND an outdoor movie screening. And of course, the way to have both is to go to an Eat|See|Hear event. This coming Saturday night, May 30, is your next chance to go to one. Eat|See|Hear will be showing the film, Zoolander at Santa Monica High School’s Memorial Greek Amphitheatre, located at 601 Pico Blvd in Santa Monica. The movie will start at 8:30 p.m.

Now if you’re in your early 20s or younger, you may not be familiar with this film. After all, it was made in 2001. But it’s definitely worth bringing back. Not only is it a side-splitting comedy, the film’s sequel, Zoolander 2, is coming out next year. Seeing the original Zoolander will get you ready for the sequel.

To give you a quick run-down of the plot, the main character in the movie is Derek Zoolander (played by Ben Stiller). Formerly VH1’s male model of the year for three years in a row, Zoolander feels washed-up when rival model, Hansel (Owen Wilson) wins the award instead. Forced into an early retirement from modeling, Zoolander is hired by evil fashion guru Jacobim Mugatu (Will Ferrell), who brainwashes him to kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia. The movie is full of slapstick humor and hilarious predicaments as Zoolander and his new friends try to prevent the assassination before it is too late.

The Concert Part of the Evening: A Performance by Dutch Party

The musical group slated to perform during the evening is indie pop band, Dutch Party. Scheduled to take the stage at 7 pm., Dutch Party’s “laid-back, funk rock” style of music is guaranteed to get you chillaxin and your feet a–tappin.

Originally from San Francisco, lead singer, guitarist and producer for Dutch Party, Ken Franklin,incorporates and balances styles that exist at different ends of the musical spectrum. Franklin has developed a unique sound suited for the analog-versus-digital generation, citing key influences from David Bowie, Beck, The Beatles and The Tallest Man On Earth, as well as M83 and Emil and Friends.

In 2014, Franklin teamed up with LA studio owner, Matt Moore, to begin work on a debut LP. After an early demo was leaked to friends in NYC, Manhattan entrepreneur and nightlife icon Brendan Fallis wanted to partner-up with fellow talent house, Matte Babel, to form Dutch Party’s team. Recruiting former Hot Hot Heat guitarist, Luke Paquin, and Warped Tour veteran Xander Burmer, Dutch Party has taken shape to be one of the groundbreaking bands.

Enjoy Great Food Too!

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As everyone in the LA area knows, Eat|See|Hear is not just a celebration of great movies and music, but also of scrumptious food. Plenty of food trucks will be on hand, serving up sweet and savory snacks and entrées. The lineup includes Boba Ni Taco, Bollywood Bites, Brasil Kiss, CJ’s Wings, Coolhaus, Mangia Ristorante, Peaches Smokehouse BBQ, Pizza & Co, The Pudding Truck, Roll’n Lobster, Ta Bom and Vchos.

Food trucks will be on site and ready to serve guests when Eat|See|Hear opens the doors at 5:30 p.m. If you’re going to want to buy food from a food truck—and chances are you will when you start getting whiffs of churros, barbecue chicken, burgers, pasta and lots of other delicious food—keep in mind the lines can be long at times. Now, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Long lines just mean what the vendors are preparing is super yummy. Some of these trucks even serve up gourmet dishes. Most people don’t want to pass it up! That’s why you should arrive early—as close to 5:30 as possible—so you can have time to stand in line at the food truck of your choice and order your tasty treats before the movie starts.

Of course maybe you have dietary restrictions or you’re on a tight budget and you’d prefer to bring in your own sandwiches, beverages or even some home-popped popcorn. It’s okay to bring in your own food. But if you do, just make sure your cooler or picnic basket is no bigger than 12″x12″.

Other Important Details


With a great movie like Zoolander, a concert by Dutch Party, and delicious food, you’ve got the ingredients for an awesome evening. But there are a few details you need to think about to ensure you’re going to have fun.

Number one, keep in mind this venue is a concrete amphitheater with built-in seating. In order to be comfy and cozy, you’re going to want to bring pillows, cushions and blankets to sit on, and maybe even an additional blanket to wrap up once it’s dark.

If you’re one of the 44 percent of Americans who own a dog (this is a figure from the Gallup Organization), you can bring Fido, Buster, Duke or whatever his (or her) name is with you to the event. Dogs are always welcome at all Eat|See|Hear events. Just remember to bring some water, a water bowl and some doggie treats to keep your pet content during the movie, and a pooper scooper and waste bags to clean up after him. That way your pooch will be happy, and so will everyone else sitting around you.

The main place to park is at the Civic Center Parking Structure at 333 Civic Center Drive, which is across the street from Santa Monica High School. This is a public parking garage, run by the city of Santa Monica. The DoubleTree Hotel, adjacent to the Civic Center parking structure, also has limited parking available.

You should enter the amphitheater through the walkway on 4th Street, between the track and the DoubleTree Hotel. This is the only entrance to the event.

Tickets can be purchased in advance. General admission tickets are $12 each for adults, $5 for children 5-12 years old, and free for children 5 and under. Tickets can also be purchased at the door unless the show has been sold out.

We look forward to seeing you and your furry friend this Saturday!

Memorial Day Weekend 2015

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Woo-hoo! Memorial Day weekend is almost here—the unofficial start of the summer season. It’s time to relax, enjoy the sunshine, and spend as much time outdoors as possible! Here in Los Angeles, there are many fun and exciting activities to fill the three-day weekend and start your summer off right. You can choose from art, music and food festivals, block parties, sporting events, parades, and patriotic ceremonies, in addition to private functions like backyard barbecues.

With so many activities to choose from, you could be in for a very busy Memorial Day weekend. By Saturday evening, you may be ready for some chillin’ out time. What better way to wind down from the day’s activities than to come to an Eat|See|Hear movie showing? During the Saturday night of Memorial Day weekend, May 23, Eat|See|Hear will show the cult classic, Almost Famous, at the Autry National Center in Griffith Park. The film will start at 8:30 pm.

Almost Famous is the perfect movie to kick off the summer. Written and directed by Cameron Crowe, the film tells the story of William Miller (Patrick Fugit), an aspiring teenage music journalist, who is hired by Rolling Stone magazine to tour with and write about Stillwater, an up-and-coming rock band. Set during the early 1970s, the film follows William as he falls face first, learning life-changing lessons about himself and love. With great characters and an all-star cast to fill those roles, including Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand and Philip Seymour Hoffman, Almost Famous has got to be one of Crowe’s most endearing films.

In addition to showcasing a great flick, Eat|See|Hear will be bringing back the LA-based indie band, Dark Furs. They will take the stage at 7 pm. Leading the band is UK-raised vocalist, Suzanne May, and LA native, Chad Philipps, who will be performing their own style of “mood rock.” Featured on several “Bands to Watch” lists, their dreamy instrumentals and slow, bouncing vocals will put you in a super-chilled mood, even before the movie starts.

This event will be held at the 2 ½ acre South Lawn of the Autry National Center, located at 4700 Western Heritage Way in Griffith Park. Like all Eat|See|Hear events, doors open at 5:30 pm. Of course, you don’t have to get there right when the doors open, but it’s a good idea to arrive fairly early (at least by 6:30) if you want first dibs on where to sit, or if you’ve got a large group and several blankets to spread out. At this Eat|See|Hear event, there’s an added reason for arriving early. Movie goers will have the opportunity to visit select Autry museum galleries, which will have extended hours from 5:30 to 8 pm.

Upon arrival, you can park for free in the Los Angeles Zoo parking lot, which is across the street from the Autry. From there, it is just a short walk to the South Lawn, where the event will take place.

What to Bring

Bring Blankets & Beach Chairs
Before heading out the door, be sure to take a few essential items with you. You’re going to want to bring either low beach chairs to sit on (no more than 6 inches off the ground), or a large beach towel or picnic blanket to cover the ground. That way you’ll be more comfortable during the movie. And while you’re getting out blankets, you may want to grab an extra one so you can have something to wrap up in after the sun sets. You may also want to bring a sweater or light jacket. It may be Southern California, but night-time temperatures can be chilly!

Bring your appetite. Some of the city’s tastiest food trucks will be on hand, including favorites like B Sweet Mobile, Baby’s Badass Burgers, Brasil Kiss, Cambalaches, Coolhaus, Good Greek Grub, Rock and Lou’s Pizza, Steel City Sandwich, The Deli Doctor, Tokyo Doggie Style, and Tornado Potato. All of these vendors serve restaurant-quality food, and you’re not going to want to pass it up. The hard part is deciding which trucks to buy from!
Food From Food Trucks

If, for whatever reason, you’d rather bring in your own food to the event, you are still welcome to do so. However, picnic baskets and coolers that are brought into the event should be no larger than 12″x12″.

As is true for every Eat|See|Hear event, movie-goers are welcome to bring their canine companions with them, as long as they’re leashed. Every pooch is given a free doggie biscuit when entering. Of course no dog is content to eat just one biscuit. If Fido is accompanying you, be sure to bring extra dog treats to give to him, plus a small jug of water and a bowl for him to drink out of though we do spread some bowls for your canine’s convenience all around the venue. That will keep your pet happy during the show (and everyone else seated around you!). Be sure to pack some waste bags, so you can clean up your pet’s messes.

Purchasing Your Tickets

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Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance via Eventbrite. General admission tickets are $12 each for adults, $8 for children 6-12 years old, and free for children 5 and under. General admission seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. It’s best to buy your tickets in advance, because shows often sell out—especially during holiday weekends. If you wait to buy your ticket at the door, it might be too late to get one.

In addition to general admission tickets, a limited number of “Fashionably Late” passes are available for purchase in advance at the Eventbrite website. At $20 each, these special VIP tickets allow you seating in a reserved area with a great view of the screen, regardless of arrival time. That means you can show up as late as 8:20 pm and still have your seating reserved.

Other Memorial Day Weekend Events in Griffith Park

If you’re going to Griffith Park to see Almost Famous on Saturday evening, you may also want to take in some of the other activities planned for the area during Memorial Day weekend. You could spend the entire day or even the whole weekend in Griffith Park!

You might want to check out the “Odd Market” bazaar, slated to take place on the Autry’s South Lawn on Friday, May 22, from 6 to 11 pm. Visitors can shop for crafts and sample foods from the 200 vendor booths that will be there.

The Autry Museum will host a “Pan for Gold” family activity from 11 am until 4 pm on May 23 and 24. Participants will be given the opportunity to pan for gold, just like the 49ers did.

How about checking out the exhibits at the Autry Museum? The Museum is open from 10 am until 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday during Memorial Day weekend, May 23 and 24. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for students and seniors, $4 for children ages 3-12, and free for children under 3 years old.

Next door, the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, is another great attraction. It is also open from 10 am until 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $19 for visitors age 13 and up, $16 for children ages 2-12, and free for children under 2.

No matter what you include in your Memorial Day weekend festivities, it’s sure to be a good start to summer—especially if you makeEat|See|Hear part of your fun. If you’ve got questions about the Almost Famous event, or about the Eat|See|Hear’s summer 2015 season, visit our movie schedule. We look forward to seeing you at the Autry on May 23!

Things To Do In Santa Monica At Night

Beverly Hills Cop Outdoor Movie Showing
In 1984, moviegoers got a real kick out of watching a smart-alecky, young guy (Eddie Murphy) cruising around snooty Beverly Hills in a junky old Chevy Nova. The name of the movie was Beverly Hills Cop. It was hilarious back then, and it’s just as funny a movie today. That’s why Eat|See|Hear decided to showcase the film Saturday night, May 16, at Santa Monica High School’s Memorial Greek Amphitheatre.

If you grew up after the 1980s you may not know much about Beverly Hills Cop. Now is the time to see it! The main character in this classic action comedy is a detective from Detroit named Axel Foley (Murphy), who travels to Beverly Hills to investigate his friend’s murder. There, he discovers a large, illegal drug front. One shootout ensues after another, until Axel brings down the bad guys and saves the day.

The movie will be projected onto Eat|See|Hear’s three-story high, 52-foot wide inflatable movie projection screen—the biggest of its kind on the West Coast—creating a wrinkle-free, crisp and clear picture. Audio quality is top-notch too. Eat|See|Hear utilizes a state- of-the-art line array loudspeaker system, achieving unparalleled audio quality. Seeing a film at an Eat|See|Hear event makes a fast-paced action comedy like Beverly Hills Cop even better.

Where? When? What to Bring?

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So you’re sold, right? There’s no way you want to miss this event! You just need to know the details.

The Memorial Greek Amphitheater is located at 601 Pico Blvd. Parking is available at the Civic Center Parking Structure at 333 Civic Center Drive, which is across the street from the Amphitheater. Movie goers are asked to enter the Amphitheater through the walkway on 4th Street, between the track and the DoubleTree Hotel.

Showtime is 8:30 pm, but doors open at 5:30 pm. If you prefer certain areas for seating, or if you’re coming with a large group, the sooner you arrive after the doors open, the better. That way you’re more likely to get the seating you want. Remember this is a concrete amphitheater with built-in seats, so you may want to bring pillows, cushions and blankets so you can really kick back and be comfy.

While on the subject of blankets…it may sound obvious, but this is Southern California. It has a Mediterranean climate. What that means to outdoor movie goers is that temperatures can be cool at night—even during the summer. You’ll enjoy the movie a lot more if you’re not chilled (yet “chillin’ out”), so bring a sweater, light jacket or lap blanket to wrap up in after the sun sets.

Once seated and comfortable, you can enjoy the electronic R&B performance of the LA-based band Milo Bloom, scheduled to take the stage at 7 pm.

Food Choices

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As always, a wide variety of food trucks will be available. The lineup includes Foodism, Sista Soul Food, Asian Cravings, Umami Burger, Boba Ni Taco, Kimbobrex, Carolina Meat Company, Sweet E’s, Coolhaus, and Brasil Kiss. There’s going to be something for everybody.

With so much to choose from,you could get something from several different food trucks. You might want an Ahi Tuna Hawaiian Poke from Foodism or Angry Chicken Wings from Asian Cravings for your main entrée, and maybe one of Coolhaus’ famous ice cream sandwiches or a Peanut Butter Bliss Bar from Sweet E’s for dessert. If you just want a beverage or snack, a Latino Latte from Brasil Kiss might be a good choice, or perhaps a dragon roll from Kimbobrex. If you’re looking for gluten-free or vegetarian options, several food trucks offer meals to meet these dietary needs as well.

Food trucks will open for business at 5:30 pm and stay open throughout the evening, or until they run out of food. If you want a main entrée, keep in mind dinner service normally ends about a half hour after the movie starts.

If, for whatever reason, you’d rather bring in your own food to the event, you are welcome to do so.

Ticketing Info

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Purchase tickets online or at the door ($14). General admission tickets are $12 each for adults ($14 at the door), $8 for children 5-12 years old, and free for children 5 and under.

For people who may not be able to arrive early, another option is the “Air New Zealand Fashionably Late” ticket. At $20 each, these special VIP tickets allow you seating in a reserved area with a great view of the screen, regardless of arrival time. That means you can show up as late as 8 pm and still have your seating reserved. “Fashionably Late” tickets need to be purchased in advance, at the Eventbrite website, and are sold on a first come, first serve basis.

Don’t Forget Fido

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If you’ve got a dog who enjoys going on outings, you might want to bring him with you. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome at all Eat|See|Hear events. Upon arrival, every dog is treated with a free biscuit at the entrance. Don’t forget your pooper scooper, waste bags, extra dog treats, drinking water and a bowl for your pooch. That’ll make it an enjoyable evening for your dog, as well as the people seated around you.

Still More to do in Santa Monica

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Just a few blocks away from the Memorial Greek Amphitheater is beautiful Santa Monica Beach and Pier. Once the movie is over, you might want to head over there. Santa Monica Beach is open until midnight, and Pier is open 24 hours a day. Many of the restaurants and drinking establishments on the Pier are open 24-hours as well. You can stroll along the boardwalk and enjoy the ocean air and views of the coastline. Or, relax at an outdoor eatery while watching the waves roll in. These are great ways to wind down at the end of a fun-filled evening.

Of course, if you’re not ready to wind down, you can hit Pacific Park, the Pier’s amusement park, and take a ride on their oceanfront roller coaster or the 130-foot high Ferris wheel. Pacific Park is open until 12:30 am on Saturday nights during the summer months.

A classic comedy like Beverly Hills Cop, seen on the mega-size Eat|See|Hear projection screen, munching on great ethnic foods and listening to the electro R&B beats of Milo Bloom, and maybe even a visit after the show to spectacular Santa Monica Pier…it all adds up to a super awesome Saturday night in Santa Monica.

Watch Pitch Perfect Outdoors in Santa Monica

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Eat|See|Hear is back for the summer! We’re kicking off the 2015 season on Saturday, May 9, in Santa Monica with a screening of the amazing 2012 smash hit PITCH PERFECT. We showed it last year, and are stoked to be able to bring it back as this year’s opening night film—just a week before the sequel, Pitch Perfect 2, is out in theaters.

Even if you saw Pitch Perfect before, you’re sure to enjoy seeing it again. It has a great story line: Beca (Anna Kendrick), a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school’s all-girls a cappella singing group. The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition, and Beca takes it upon herself to help the Bellas find their new look and sound.

It’s going to be a fun-filled evening. We’ll be hosting this event at Santa Monica High School’s Memorial Greek Amphitheater, located at 601 Pico Blvd. The movie starts at 8:30 pm, but doors open at 5:30 pm. Arrive early so you can choose your seats, but the view is great within this amphitheater. Because this venue is amphitheater there is concrete seating, so you’ll want to bring seat cushions, pillows or blankets so you can be more comfy.

Chances are, you’re going to want to get something to eat before show time. There will be a lineup of food trucks on site, ready to serve up a wide variety of snacks and entrees, from nachos and ice cream, to burgers, seafood and BBQ chicken. Just to give you a sampling, Chancos Tacos, Baby’s Badass Burgers, Cousins Maine Lobster, Komodo, Greasy Wiener, and Coolhaus and Brasil Kiss are all slated to be there, among other vendors.

For your listening pleasure, Molly Moore will take the stage at around 7 pm. In addition, the Santa Monica Chorus will be giving a special a cappella performance.

The excitement doesn’t stop there. Our Fashionably Late sponsor, Air New Zealand, will welcome everyone attending with a chance to win a round-trip flight for two to Australia. Not only that, Universal Studios has will be giving away a bunch of super-cool Pitch Perfect 2 promos, plus two lucky attendees will win a pair of tickets to the Pitch Perfect 2 premiere on May 12th!

You’re not going to want to miss out on this great opportunity to go “Down Under,” so don’t wait to order your tickets. Advance tickets can be purchased online, at $10 each for general admission, and $8 for kids 12 and under.

Some other important details: The closest parking lot to the Memorial Greek Amphitheater is across the street at the Civic Center parking structure at 333 Civic Center Drive. Don’t forget to pay before you get to your car at the end of the evening. Please enter the venue through the walkway on 4th Street, between the track and DoubleTree Hotel; this is the only entrance to this event.

Don’t forget that all Eat|See|Hear events are always dog friendly, and four-legged friends are greeted with free biscuits at the door. We hope you to see you—and your canine buddy—this coming Saturday in Santa Monica!

Family Fun in Los Angeles

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Bring the whole family — including your dogs! — to our season finale event in Pasadena on September 13. We’ll be showing the 1985 coming-of-age classic The Goonies on the big screen in front of Pasadena City Hall.

Written by Steven Spielberg, The Goonies follows a group of kids who discover a treasure map and set out on an adventure to find the treasure that could save their homes from foreclosure. This movie is a timeless adventure for everyone to enjoy!

Located at 100 N. Garfield Avenue, this event will be held in Centennial Square right in front of City Hall (which you may recognize as Pawnee City Hall from TV’s Parks & Recreation). Roads will be blocked off for a seating area, so come early and check out this map of pay parking lots in the area so you don’t get stuck in traffic. Or, download the #1 taxi app, Curb, use code ESH2014 and save $10 on your first ride. Alternately, take the Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station. Unlike at previous events, we recommend that you low beach chairs with you since this movie will be shown in an area with less lawn and more concrete. Bring lots of pillows, cushions and blankets if you prefer to sit on the ground.

The family fun doesn’t stop at movies! Make it a complete night out with dinner and a show. We’ll have plenty of food trucks on hand so everyone is satisfied. Our lineup for this Saturday includes Jogasaki, Pie N Burger, Cousins Maine Lobster, India Jones, Romolo’s, Border Grill, Son of a Bun, Hungry Nomad, Rushed Art, Coolhaus, Brasil Kiss and more. As always, our event is dog friendly and we’ll have free doggie biscuits at the door.

Kick back, relax and join us for one final hoorah as we say goodbye to summer and conclude our third annual outdoor movies, music and food truck event series. Purchase tickets in advance online through Eventbrite.

Thank you so much for joining us this year and making our third season a success! Be sure to ‘like’ us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram the latest news and updates. You’ll be the first to hear our 2015 lineup next season!

Parks in Brentwood CA

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We feel so lucky to find great parks all over LA. This season, we picked a few expansive, beautiful and unique parks to host our weekend movies in the park events.

This weekend, we’ll be hosting a very special event at Will Rogers State Park in Pacific Palisades. In addition to your usual lineup of LA’s best food trucks, live music and a movie (this weekend is Dirty Dancing!), we’re also hosting the annual Strut Your Mutt fundraiser walk in partnership with Best Friends Animal Society-Los Angeles.

If you are a pet lover or have a beloved four-legged friend, bring them to this event! Strut Your Mutt raises awareness of homeless pets and also raises money to support animal adoptions and spay and neuter programs across the country.

As our official non-profit partner, we’ve supported Best Friends with other events throughout the season including a Rent-a-Mutt booth during our Pitch Perfect screening on June 28 and a special donation drive during our Christmas in July event on July 12.

We’ve also scouted several other area parks to host our events throughout the year. You may have met us before at The Autry in Griffith Park. Centrally located to many different neighborhoods and freeways, this park is also home to the LA Zoo. It’s also the second-largest park in California! We love this location because it’s open, expansive and surrounded by trees and mountains. A beautiful respite from the city and yet still large enough to accommodate our crowds. The Autry is one of our newest venues, and we look forward to returning next season.

At the Autry, we showed The Big Lebowski (May 24), Rushmore (June 7), Jaws (July 5),  American Psycho (July 19),  Blazing Saddles (August 2), Purple Rain (August 16) and Django Unchained (August 30).

We also set up camp this season at La Cienega Park in Beverly Hills to show The Princess Bride on August 23.

Stay tuned for next year for more great LA movies in the Park! Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the latest news and updates.

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Strut Your Mutt to #SaveThemAll Next Saturday

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Eat|See|Hear loves dogs! All of our events are dog friendly and we do our part throughout the season to support initiatives in LA that help our four-legged friends. Our official non-profit partner is Best Friends Animal Society-Los Angeles and held the first-ever Rent-A-Mutt program at our Pitch Perfect event on June 28. They had a booth set up during the evening and rented out adoptable dogs for cuddling during the movie! “Renters” were required to register in advance, and the program was so successful that it was implemented for the upcoming Strut Your Mutt event on September 6th at Will Rogers State Park.

This year we also held a special donation drive during our Christmas in July event which benefited Best Friends Animal Society-Los Angeles. Movie-goers brought blankets, towels, leashes, collars and other necessary supplies for helping homeless animals.

On Saturday, September 6, we’ve partnered with BFAS-LA for their annual Strut Your Mutt event prior to our Dirty Dancing event at Will Rogers State Park. Strut Your Mutt is an annual fundraiser walk held in 11 different cities nationwide and online. The goal of the fundraiser is to save homeless animals from kill shelters and raise money for local adoption, spay and neuter programs and to raise awareness for homeless pets across the country.

Bring your furry friend to this event and enjoy a leisurely stroll or fun run and then a festival for all things dog including pet massages, pet portraits, doggie yoga and more!

For more information and to register for Strut Your Mutt on September 6, please visit Strut Your Mutt online. Every registration includes free admission to Eat|See|Hear.

Our Saturday special event will open at 3:30PM for the Strut Your Mutt walk and festival; doors for Eat|See|Hear will open after the walk at 5:30PM. We will be showing Dirty Dancing at 8:30PM, and there will be live music from Cheers Elephant and Sun Rai earlier in the evening. A ticket is required to get in for those not participating in the walk and can be purchased in advance online or at the door.

We’ll also have plenty of food trucks on hand to fuel your fun run and satiate you after. Our food truck lineup for the evening includes: Joe’s Pizza Truck, Tokyo Doggie Style, Farmer’s Belly, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Good Greek Grub, Baby’s Badass Burgers, Coolhaus, The Pudding Truck, Brasil Kiss and more!

We can’t wait to meet you and your mutt as you strut your stuff on Saturday!

Learn More About Co-Owner Sharon Sperber on Google+