Date Ideas Santa Monica

Office Space Film

Beautiful beachfront Santa Monica offers plenty of date night options for the adventurer, the romantic and the foodie alike. Offering both daytime and nighttime activities galore, Santa Monica is the perfect spot for first dates or 50th dates. Here are some amazing attractions and perfect places in Santa Monica that we think you should definitely add to your date night to-do.

Santa Monica Pier

The Pier is at the top of our list for fun and unique dates for good reason — it’s loaded with stuff to do! Check out the amazing restaurants and food carts offering a range of cuisines, fresh seafood and even live music. You can fish from the pier, learn to swing the trapeze, ride the historic carousel and sip soda at the vintage fountain inside. There are bike rentals available, plus an arcade and Pacific Park, where you can ride the roller coaster or view Santa Monica from atop the Ferris wheel. The Pier is also home to the Santa Monica Aquarium situated just below the carousel. Dedicated to preserving the Santa Monica Bay, there are over 100 species of native marine animals and plants that call the aquarium home. In the fall, check out Front Porch Cinema, free movies on the Pier co-produced with Eat|See|Hear.

3rd Street Promenade

Dig in to Downtown Santa Monica with the alfresco shopping experience of the Promenade. Home to local boutiques, retail shops and restaurants plus art galleries, performance venues and movie theaters, the Promenade is sure to satisfy your date night desires. Indulge in retail therapy, flip through the latest comics at Hi De Ho Comics or pamper your date with a trip to the spa. Follow up your shopping excursion with a romantic dinner downtown.

Outdoor Movies

For a relaxed, fun evening, plan your date at an upcoming outdoor movie in Santa Monica. Eat|See|Hear will be showing Office Space at Santa Monica High School’s Memorial Greek Amphitheatre on Saturday, May 17. This outdoor event is dog-friendly, so bring your pooch and get a free biscuit at the door! Before the show, grab dinner from some of LA’s best food trucks including MOE Eggrolls dishing up open-ended eggrolls with creative flavor concoctions and the best deli sandwiches; White Rabbit flipping up Filipino fusion like slow-cooked and braised meats, tacos and desserts; and Good Greek Grub serving gyros, delicious meat skewers and the best Greek salad. Doors open at 5:30.  Touch Vinyl presents End of Summer playing live music at 7:30 and the movie will start at 8:30. Bring pillows/cushions to sit on and a blanket to snuggle with your date in front of the largest outdoor movie screen west of the Mississippi! If interested you can purchase tickets to Office Space outdoors here.

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Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in our Season Kickoff Film

500 Days of Summer Movie

The stars of our premiere outdoor film this season, 500 Days of Summer, are familiar faces on both the silver and the television screens. Zooey Deschanel currently stars in the television comedy New Girl on Fox as Jess, a 20-something teacher who moves in with three men after a failed relationship. The show tracks the relationships between the roommates as they navigate careers, love and friendship. Deschanel’s film credits include a starring and singing roll alongside Will Ferrell in Elf and as the sarcastic friend in Failure to Launch with Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew McConaughey.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt started his career on television, most notably as Tommy Solomon on 3rd Rock From the Sun, but quickly made a name for himself on the big screen starring in the teen cult classic 10 Things I Hate About You with Julia Styles and Heath Ledger. His recent credits include distinguished roles in the major motion pictures Inception, The Dark Knight Rises and Looper. His most recent, Don Jon, is a film that he wrote, directed and starred in.

Gordon-Levitt’s aspirations don’t stop at the screen. He is also the founder of hitRECord, a collaborative production company that brings together writers, musicians, illustrators, photographers, video editors and other creatives to contribute to a TV variety show airing on pivot, a digital cable and satellite TV channel that is owned by Participant Media. HitRECord produces other artwork including books, songs and music albums, and short films.

Join us on Saturday, May 10 to kick off the 2014 Eat|See|Hear season at Santa Monica High School. We’ll be screening 500 Days of Summer and watching Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt work their magic on the largest screen west of the Mississippi! Rated PG13, this rom-com follows Summer (Deschanel), a young woman who doesn’t believe in true love, and Tom (Gordon-Levitt), the man who falls for her. Doors open at 5:30PM, the band Derde Verde begins at 7 and the movie will start at 8:30. A handful of favorite LA food trucks — including Me So Hungry, Coolhaus and Rosa’s Bella Cucina — will also be on location to fuel your music and movie-watching experience. Plus, bring your four legged friends and snag a free doggie biscuit at the door! Buy tickets here.

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The Triple Lindy Is Coming to an Outdoor Cinema Screening Event in Santa Monica this Weekend!

Just in time for the beginning of the new school year, make sure to mark your calendars for this weekend’s screening of Rodney Dangerfield’s perhaps greatest cinematic performance in the hilarious Back to School outdoor cinema event this weekend.

Back to School follows the plight of a self-made millionaire and his son, as they make a communal go at attending the same college. Hilarity ensures, as Dad spends his days throwing wild, raucous parties, striking the ire of male faculty, wooing a female professor and encouraging his son to excel on the dive team. The last scene of the movie remains one of the best in comedic films. We hope you join us!

Come early for the live music and the delicious food trucks, including:

  • Cousins Maine Lobster: serving delicious lobster rolls and seafood tacos
  • Gobbles and Oinks: with their assortment of yummy sandwiches
  • White Rabbit Truck: the home of the original Filipino fusion food truck cuisine
  • Coolhaus’s cookies and ice cream, with vegan options
  • Brasil Kiss: for your organic coffee fix
  • Waffles de Liege for dessert, with their waffles and delicious toppings

The outdoor cinema screening will be in the Memorial Greek Amphitheatre in Santa Monica (600 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, California 90404). Park in the Civic Center Parking Structure at 333 Civic Center Drive and walk in between the walkway on 4th Street track and the DoubleTree Hotel. There is additional on-street parking and lots of bike parking!

Doors open at 5: 30 p.m., Yellow Red Sparks will play a set at 7 p.m. and Back to School will start promptly at 8:30 p.m. We can’t wait to see everyone there! And, come hungry. This screening’s food trucks are awesome!

As always, general admission tickets are $10, kids’ general admission tickets are available for $8 and premium seating popchips-sponsored “Fashionably Late” tickets are available for $20. Tickets for this event are available at eventbrite.com.

For more information about the Second Annual Eat|See|Hear summer event series, check us out on Facebook page, Twitter (@EatSeeHear) and Instagram for all the latest updates.

Outdoor Movie Screening of Pulp Fiction at LA State Historic Park This Weekend

Pulp Fiction is coming to LA Saturday, August 31, as John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman and Bruce Willis are set to air at an action-packed outdoor movie screening in LA State Historic Park (1245 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012)! Come and watch this tried and true pop classic that maneuvers backward through the timeline of the film’s story, giving us a look at the lives of mobsters, drug addicts, and other career criminals set to an awesome soundtrack and all-star performances to boot! We already have “Son of a Preacher Man” stuck in our heads! Come early for live music provided by hardcore Pasadena band Torches at 7 p.m. and come hungry, because we’ll have so many great food trucks (always vegetarian options!) this week, including: Asian Cravings, featuring Asian-infused tacos, curries and spicy appetizers; Flippin Yolk, with its new twists on an authentic Fillipino breakfast favorite; Fresh Fries, with its regular, curly or sweet potato fries and delicious sauces; Ludo Truck, offering up fried chicken recently awarded as one of the 99 Things to Try Before You Die; Rounds Burgers’ beef, turkey and veggie burgers for all; The Bun Truck’s steamed buns, sammiches and yummy sides; VCHOS truck, with their gourmet Central American inspired tapas; Coolhaus, with so many delicious sweet treats; Brasil Kiss’s delightful organic coffee; Royal Red Velvet Cupcakes, serving up a wonderful variety of plays on the original red velvet cake.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., live music will start at 7 p.m. and Pulp Fiction begins promptly at 8:30 p.m. at LA State Historic Park. Enter the park on North Spring Street. Walk, bike or take the Metro Gold line to the Chinatown Station and walk to the park, which is less than a block away from the stop. As always, general admission tickets are $10 and premium-seating popchips-sponsored “Fashionably Late” tickets are available for $20. Tickets for this event are available at eventbrite.com. For more information about the Second Annual Eat|See|Hear summer event series, check us out on our Facebook page, Twitter (@EatSeeHear) and Instagram for all the latest updates.

LA Drive-In Movie Screening of The Warriors at LA Trade Tech College This Weekend

On Saturday, August 24, 2013, we’re so excited to bring you the movie that brought us the chilling “Warriors! Come out and plaaaaaaaaay.” This cult thriller will never go out of fashion with cinema lovers, with its tale of the powerful New York city gang, the Grammercy Riffs, as they call a midnight meeting and demand each of the of the city’s gangs to send nine delegates to the Bronx, unarmed. The Warriors from Coney Island are framed for the Grammercy Riffs’ gang leader’s shooting, after his idea to share control over the city is rejected by a rival gang.

The Warriors is based on the novel by Sol Yurick and and a remake is currently being planned, but we are proud to present the original 1979 film.

So Many Wizards will play for all movie goers at 7 p.m. and several food trucks will be on site for the drive-in movie event, including:

  • Schmuck Truck, a New York delicatessen on wheels,
  • Joe’s Pizza Truck, serving up a slice of New York,
  • Slammin Sliders, featuring slamming sliders, salads, sides and smoothies,
  • Coolhaus, with their delicious sweet treats,
  • Brasil Kiss’s delicious and organic coffee and
  • Waffles de Liege, with their lovely varieties of delicious made-to-order waffles

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., live music begins at 7 p.m. and The Warriors starts at 8:30 p.m. at Los Angeles Trade Tech College, located at 400 West Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90015. Enter on Grand Avenue between 21st and 23rd Streets. A limited amount of drive-in parking will be available in Parking Lot F on Flower Street, between 20th and Washington Streets, or you can park and walk in on Grand Avenue, between 21st and 23rd Streets. You can also take the Metro Blue line to Grand Station or the new Expo Line to the 23rd Street station.

General admission tickets are $10 and drive-in tickets are $15. Tickets for this event are available at http://thewarriors.eventbrite.com/.

Presenting Big in a Beverly Hills Outdoor Cinema Screening This Weekend

On Saturday, August 17, 2013, we’re excited to bring you the hilarious and sweet Tom Hanks classic, Big, in La Cienaga Park (8400 Gregory Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90211) in Beverly Hills on Saturday. Big takes us back in time, when we all only wished we were big. Who doesn’t remember the scary unplugged Zoltron at the fair? Who can believe 2013 is the 25th anniversary of Big?

Music will be provided by Loomis Lust, a pop rock band from Santa Barbara, and several food trucks will be on site for the outdoor cinema event, including:

Kogi BBQ, famous for their now iconic short rib tacos,

Grilled Cheese Truck, with their plethora of melted goodness (try the Cheesy Mac and Rib Melt!),

Lobsta Truck, serving up delicious lobster rolls,

Umami Burger, the roving version of the popular store-front eateries,

The Fry Girl, who serves, you guessed it, all the variety of fried things one could ask to have,

Flatiron Truck, with their innovative farm to street food,

Steel City, serving all their delicious sandwiches Pittsburgh style, loaded with fries and slaw,

Slummin Gourmet, whose delightful motto is “fancy without the schmancy,

Coolhaus, for all your sweet treat needs,

Brasil Kiss, with all their delicious and organic coffee and tea drinks,

B Sweet Mobile, with their yummy cupcakes, pies and cookies.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., live music begins at 7 p.m. and Big starts at 8:30 p.m. Enter on Gregory Way at S Hamilton (east of La Cienega). A limited amount of complimentary parking spaces will be available at the Tennis Center across the street from the park. There will also be some on-street parking available.

As always, general admission tickets to Big are $10, kids’ general admission tickets are available for $8 and premium seating popchips-sponsored “Fashionably Late” tickets are available for $20. Tickets for this event are available at http://bigmovie.eventbrite.com/

For more information about the Second Annual Eat|See|Hear summer event series, check us out on Facebook page, Twitter (@EatSeeHear) and Instagram for all the latest updates.

Presenting Kingpin in a Brentwood Outdoor Cinema Event

This week we are excited to be showing Kingpin, starring Woody Harrelson, in an outdoor cinema event in Brentwood. Join us on Saturday, August 10 at Paul Revere Middle School (1450 Allenford Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90049) for the outdoor movie, awesome food trucks, and live music. This week, indie rock band George Glass will be joining us to provide some live tunes. Also, we are happy to welcome the following food trucks to the event:

  • Komodo, serving delicious gourmet Asian fusion dishes.
  • Smokin Willie’s BBQ, with their impressive barbeque menu that includes dishes like BBQ meatballs with cheese, BBQ tacos, and pulled pork sandwiches.
  • India Jones, bringing their awesome Indian street food—like curry and paratha—to the party.
  • Tortas 2 Die 4, serving up gourmet tortas, sandwiches, wraps, tacos, and salads.
  • Lomo Arigato, offering delicious Asian fusion bites.
  • Baby’s Badass Burgers, serving up unbelievably stacked burgers like “the Cougar” (aged beef, St. Andre cheese, black truffles) and “The Bombshell” (half pound burger between two grilled cheese sandwiches, topped with onions.)
  • Coolhaus, providing us with our weekly ice cream, cookie, and artisanal dessert fix.
  • Brasil Kiss, serving their unbeatable direct-trade Brazilian coffee drinks and Brazilian street food.
  • Waffles de Liege, offering gourmet waffles.

As always, doors to the event open at 5:30 p.m., and we strongly suggest that you show up around then to get the best seats and beat the lines for the food trucks. Also, the band will go on at 7 p.m., and you don’t want to miss it! The movie will start at 8:30 p.m., and you want to have a good spot by the, so plan on coming early!

We will have a few tickets available at the door for $12, but your best bet for getting in is to buy your tickets online at http://kingpinmovie.eventbrite.com/. General admission tickets are $10, kids’ general admission tickets are $8, and popchips-sponsored Fashionably Late tickets are $20, which give you exclusive access to premium seats regardless of when you come.

See you this weekend!

Los Angeles Movies in the Park Series Presents Donnie Darko on August 3

On Saturday, August 3rd, 2013, we’re showing Donnie Darko, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, at the Santa Monica High School baseball field (601 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405). To tie into the theme of this dark drama, local band Haunted Summer will play at 7pm after the doors open at 5:30pm and before the movie commences at approximately 8:30pm.

Attendees will have the chance to enjoy delicious grub from the food trucks that will be available: Good Greek Grub, Tainamite, Trailer Trash Truck, Uncle Lau’s BBQ, Let’s Roll It, Coolhaus and Brasil Kiss; the Dessert Truck is currently TBD. Guests are advised to enter the event through the walkway on 4th Street between the track and DoubleTree Hotel as this is the only entrance. Parking for cars will be available across the street at the Civic Center Parkign Structure, 333 Civic Center Drive and there will be plenty of bike parking as well.

Tickets to this event can be purchased at http://donniedarko-eorg.eventbrite.com/. General admission tickets are just $10 a piece and premium seating popchips-sponsored Fashionably Late tickets are $20. You won’t want to miss this fun and “dark” event!

Our LA Drive-In Movie Series Presents Almost Famous

This Saturday, July 27, 2013 we are showing everyone’s favorite rock ‘n’ roll fantasy film Almost Famous at the Los Angeles Trade Tech College (400 W Washington Blvd  Los Angeles, CA 90015). This week we welcome folk rock band The Cerny Brothers, an LA-based duo originating from Illinois, and local act Miracle Parade. We have to say, this is one of our favorite movies, and we are really excited to show it at the drive-in.

The doors open at 5:30 p.m., the music starts at 7 p.m., and Almost Famous starts at 8 p.m. As always, we’ve got great music and fabulous food trucks so come early to get a good spot and some tasty grub while you enjoy the music.

The following food trucks will be at the drive-in:

  • Son of a Bun, serving outstanding burgers, chicken sandwiches, handmade potato chips, and donuts.
  • Romolo’s, an Italian inspired food truck serving items like mozzarella sticks, Italian sandwiches, pastas, salads, and more.
  • Vizzi Truck, offering burgers, tacos, sliders, and combo plates.
  • Coolhaus, providing us with our weekly ice cream and cookie fix—not to mention the artisan marshmallows.
  • Brasil Kiss, offering direct-trade Brazilian coffee, yerba mate drinks, and Brazilian street food.
  • Crepe de Ville, serving up delicious sweet and savory crepes like ham and cheese, sugar and cinnamon, and chocolate raspberry.

There will be a limited amount of tickets available at the door, but since this is a drive-in, we expect this showing to be a big hit, so we strongly encourage you to buy your tickets ahead of time at http://almostfamousdrivein-eorg.eventbrite.com/. General admission tickets are $10 and drive-in tickets are $15.

Everyone loves a drive-in, and Almost Famous is definitely one of those movies that you can see over and over again, so get your tickets, come early, come hungry, and click here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Qn3tel9FWU) if you need to brush up on the lyrics to “Tiny Dancer.”

Our LA Outdoor Movies in the Park Series Presents Coming to America

This Saturday, July 20, 2013, we are showing the awesome Eddie Murphy movie Coming to America at Santa Monica High School (601 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405). This is such a funny movie, and we’re sure that there is a good bit of the younger crowd that has never seen it, so bring the whole family!

The Santa Monica outdoor movie starts at 8:30 pm, but come early to get a good spot, grab some tasty food, and hear some fantastic, live, local music. Vum, an indie-pop-noire group, will go on stage at 7. Doors open at 5:30, so be sure to come around then to get first dibs on the best seats and to beat the lines for the food trucks!

You can read more about Vum and listen to a few songs at http://vummusic.com/. Vum is the Los Angeles indie-pop band made up of Jennifer Pearl, on guitar and vocals; Christopher Badger, on the drum machine; and Scott Spaulding and Mike Zilla on the live drums.

There will be a few tickets for sale at the door, but we strongly encourage you to order them online at http://comingtoamericasamo-eorg.eventbrite.com/. General admission tickets are $10 ($8 for kids under 12), and popchips-sponsored premium seating tickets are $20.

The following food trucks will be on site:

Buttermilk Truck, offering homemade breakfast for dinner.

Ludo Bites, serving fried chicken dishes by the award winning Chef Ludo.

MacOlicious, dishing up some of the greatest mac ‘n’ cheese in town.

MOEggrolls, serving eggroll-style sandwiches with traditional deli fixings like pastrami.

Uncle Lau’s BBQ, bringing Hawaiian barbeque and burgers to Southern California.

Slap Yo Mama, serving soul food like alligator, po’ boys and gumbo.

Coolhaus, serving ice cream and cookies.

Brasil Kiss, serving direct-trade Brazilian coffee and Brazilian street food.

Sweet Wheels, offering sweet treats like beignets and cake drops.

Join us Saturday for our Santa Monica outdoor movie! You won’t want to miss it!