The Rooftop Cinema Club brings autumn to this season with its November program to cuddle up.
Showcasing outdoor drive-ins across the country, the club recently rolled out its family-friendly line-up for Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA on 888 S. Olive Street and The Drive-Up at Santa Monica Airport at 3233. publishes Donald Douglas Loop South.
The “ultimate open-air film experience”, the Rooftop Cinema Club heralds special cinema classics such as “10 things I hate about you” and “Grease” and is guaranteed to make the guests “fall in love” with the magic of the cinema, explained RCC- Founder Gerry Cottle.
“I really believe that film has healing powers,” he told the Los Angeles Downtown News. “We do this because we believe that it’s important to keep people entertained, and cinema is the ultimate escapism. Now, after COVID-19, we need escapism more than ever. “
“Just take yourself, a jacket and the desire to have fun with you – that’s what it’s all about,” Cottle concluded.
RCC has reinterpreted its approach to drive-in theaters with its new hybrid cinema in Santa Monica called The Drive-Up. Attendees can now enjoy a new, state-of-the-art LED screen promoting previous demonstrations and kid-friendly matinees.
Cinema-goers can either watch in the drive-in area from the comfort of their own car or opt for the newly added drive-up area with new lawn box seats.
“Santa Monica is our last drive-in-drive-up hybrid,” said Cottle. “It’s there between a classic drive-in cinema and a classic open-air cinema.”
The cinema is to show sing-along hits such as “The Greatest Showman” and “Grease” on November 3rd and 10th and host its Kids Club from November 6th – themed handicrafts for children during the screenings on early Saturday throughout the month, shared Cottle. Screenings include Paw Patrol: The Movie, Ratatouille, and The Grinch, while the arts and crafts include making ornaments, snowflakes, and more.
In the ultimate pursuit of comfort, The Drive-Up at Santa Monica Airport invites bedheads twice in November to go to popcorn and pajamas in their coziest clothes, where “Frozen II” and “Happy Feet” will be shown on November 14th in the early morning “On November 21st.
The Drive-Up for Bingo Night takes place every Thursday this month for those who yearn for bingo as much as they long for the cinema. Every week, RCC will present a new themed bingo board highlighting quotes from the film shown. The first three winners of the free event will also be awarded prizes, said Cottle.
In downtown Los Angeles, the RCC offers a more intimate setting with its boutique-style rooftop cinema, the founder said.
“The DTLA Rooftop Cinema is a very cool place, surrounded by neighbors – it’s a beautiful roof,” said Cottle. “It’s very boutique and very intimate.”
“We pride ourselves on the fact that our program is constantly evolving,” he added, highlighting the club’s appeal to independent films, women in film, black cinema, LGTBQ film and other key sectors.
On November 5th, the Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA is partnering with BlackLoveExists to highlight Black Love with movie favorites like “Brown Sugar”. Hanukkah also opens on November 28 with a screening of Benny and Josh Safdie’s “Uncut Gems,” which “reveals the deeply ingrained themes and traditions of film Judaism, punctuated by Adam Sandler’s career crowning achievement.”
According to Cottle, the latest film by director Wes Anderson, “The French Dispatch”, will be celebrated at the DTLA with back-to-back screenings of the director’s two “greatest films”: the “melancholy but hilarious coming-of-age” – Film “Rushmore”. “And his” bizarre “” The Grand Budapest Hotel “in Europe.
The Los Angeles location is hosting a 90s themed party called White Label Radio in DTLA on November 13th, dedicated to supporting the “90s fire hood classic” Menace II Society. A live DJ will be present before the performance.
Finally, the Vidiots Foundation, a non-profit organization that serves as a hub for film fanatics and “cinema enthusiasts”, is hosting a screening of the romantic classic “Moonstruck” on November 18 at the DTLA. Donations can be made when purchasing tickets, all other income will flow into the revitalization of the stationary foundation house in the Eagle Theater.
In honor of the upcoming birthday of Leonardo DiCaprio on November 11th, both RCC locations are celebrating the Oscar-winning actor with a screening of one of his “genius films” – but it’s up to the audience to make the cut. According to Cottle, voting is now open and will end on November 1st. The winning film will be announced the next day.
Audience input is a key factor that sets RCC apart from its box-office competitors, Cottle explained.
“We work with our audience and say, ‘What do you want to see?’” Explained the founder. “So we are a kind of community cinema.”
Rooftop Cinema Club was founded in 2011 as the only rooftop in London’s Shoreditch and has since expanded globally – with three rooftop events in the UK and five in LA, NYC, San Diego and Houston, according to its website.
It seeks to revive the social and celebratory aspects of watching movies with cutting edge projectors, high quality personal headphones, comfy lounge chairs, and a variety of high quality food and drinks that can rival any standard cinema.
“We’re more than just a movie,” said Cottle. “We’re about getting to the venue, getting together with friends and loved ones, playing games and watching your favorite movies on the big screen – it’s about celebrating the movie.”
The founder added that the most rewarding part of running RCC goes beyond just being passionate about the cinema – the ability to entertain and see “people are having a good time,” he shared.
“I’m addicted to entertaining people. I come from a circus family, ”recalls Cottle, emphasizing that entertainment is“ in his blood ”.
“When I was 7 or 8 I remember going to the circus – and it’s a very vivid memory of my childhood – looking at my father,” he continued. “He wasn’t looking at the incredible spectacle in front of us, he was looking at the audience and taking in the audience’s love.”
To purchase tickets and see a full schedule of the current RCC program and November program, go to the Rooftopcinemaclub.com website.