Shakespeare in the Park? That’s for wusses.
Out here in L.A., we prefer Movies in the Cemetery.
Not just any movies. And not just any cemetery, either. Cinespia (say chin-eh-SPEE-uh), an organization that shows rarely screened classics in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, is the coolest way you’ll find to spend a Saturday night in this town. Founder John Wyatt, an L.A. set designer, started the tradition a few years ago, when his little film club began to outgrow its roots. These days Cinespia has been known to draw crowds of 1,200 — all “cool” people, Wyatt insists — all without a shred of advertising or promotion.
Imagine enjoying a picnic dinner under the stars while watching such underappreciated gems as Alexander Mackendrick’s Sweet Smell of Success. Add great DJs and a friendly vibe, all within a tombstone’s throw of the graves of Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks, and John Huston, and you’ve got an event that puts your usual dinner-and-a-movie plans to shame.
To say nothing of a bunch of cred-seeking celebs prancing around in tights.
Cinespia’s next screening, Howard Hawks’ “Ball of Fire,” is on Saturday, June 28 at 8:30 p.m. at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, between Gower Street and Van Ness Avenue (323-469-1181). For more information, go to cinespia.org.