It’s A Great Movie Month in LA – Here’s Your Go-To Guide

October is a month of terror, we’re in Los Angeles, so naturally there are going to be some screenings of your favorite Halloween movies.  Here’s where to find them!

OCT. 9: BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA – NUART THEATRE

West LA’s Nuart Theatre is going to get a lot bloodier with their midnight screening of Dracula.  This is a great way to start off the holiday season, and the Francis Ford Coppola epic which offers passion and seductive sex appeal will rekindle your nostalgic love for Vampires, and fondness for Halloween.   If you missed it the first time around, in 1992, don’t miss it now!

OCT. 10: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA – EGYPTIAN THEATRE

Long before it was a cliche Broadway mainstay, the Phantom of the Opera was a black and white silent horror film, made in 1925.  The Phantom himself, the king of the under ground with his horrible mutilated face, living beneath the Paris Opera House, is a character worth exploring.  The film will have a live musical accompaniment and post-film discussion.

OCT. 13-22: SCREAMFEST – TCL CHINESE THEATRE

If it’s a festival you want, then it’s a festival you should get.  The Chinese theatre’s long standing horror film fest is going to be another blast this year.  With new films each year, you may not have the familiar nostalgia for old films, but you will see the latest in the horror genre, the new directors who are paving the way and carving out the avenues for horror going forward.  Be on the forefront of horror this year.

OCT. 17: HALLOWEEN & MOURNING MOVIE NIGHT

Presented by the Heritage Square Museum, this annual movie night will surely scare the dickens out of you.  It’s free for museum members, so bring the food, the wine, the blankets and chairs and watch this movie under the spooky October stars.

OCT. 22 – NOV. 1: THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS – EL CAPITAN THEATRE

What would Halloween be without a little Nightmare Before Christmas?  Well, anyone can watch it on TV as it plays pretty much 24-7 in October, but at El Capitan Theater you’ll get the rare and somehow unbelievable 4D experience, with interactive elements and digital 3D.  Tim Burton’s timeless holiday tribute is worth an annual re-watch, and in this capacity it’s a true special experience.  It sells out though so be sure to get early reservations.

OCT. 23: DAWN OF THE DEAD – MILLION DOLLAR THEATRE

It wouldn’t be a holiday time with some Zombie action, and at the Million Dollar Theatre you’ll get one of the classics, George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead.  This reinvention of the zombie franchise is a must see.  This one night only screening is really a red letter event, it’s not every day you can see this film on the big screen and on such a classic and iconic screen like this one in downtown LA.  You may never want to go to a shopping mall again, but that fear may pass by black Friday!

OCT. 24: DONNIE DARKO – PALACE THEATRE

I’ll bet everyone remembers the first time they saw Donnie Darko – for some reason that film made a huge splash, with its surreal elements combining with comedy and likable characters.  Sometimes you watch a movie and know you’re seeing an immediate cult classic; it messes with your mind and you know you’re going to have to watch it again.  At the Palace Theatre you’ll have a great opportunity to watch it in its original 35mm pressing.  Also there will be a full bar.  Bam.

OCT. 24: A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET – WILL ROGERS STATE PARK

Another holiday classic for the month of terror, you won’t want to miss Wes Craven’s cut ‘em up will be shown outdoors at Street Food Cinema in Will Rogers State Park.  Bring your dog and come watch this holiday must-see!

OCT. 25 & 28: DRACULA DOUBLE FEATURE

So it’s Dracula you want, it’s Dracula you’ll get.  The only thing better that one Dracula movie is two.  Never has a film been shot simultaneously with two different casts, one in English and one in Spanish.  In 1931, that’s exactly what they did.  The iconic version starring Bela Lugosi will be shown followed immediately by this rarely seen Spanish leaguing version.  Enjoy the intro created by Turner Classic just for this event.  This may be the only time to see these two films back to back, so come on out.

OCT. 29: SON OF FRANKENSTEIN – ALEX THEATRE

You won’t want to miss the Alex Theatre’s special event with the screening of the classic Son of Frankenstein and a special post-showing discussion with both Bela Lugosi’s son and Boris Karloff’s daughter, the fathers having appeared in this film.  Get to know them and get this film in front of your eyeballs.

OCT. 30: GHOSTBUSTERS – EGYPTIAN THEATRE

Lastly, the film that needs no introduction, Ghostbusters is showing at the historic Egyptian Theatre, presented by American Cinematheque.  This comedy classic is worth watching again and again, and no matter how many times you’ve seen it at home, watching it on the high res 70mm big screen with other Ghostbusters fans will be a memorable night.  We’d give a synopsis of the plot, but does anyone even need that?

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