Back by popular demand, the iconic Santa Monica Pier presents Front Porch Cinema, a free community movie experience under the stars every Friday night in October starting Oct. 9. For four consecutive weeks, The Pier will be transformed into a cozy front porch environment, providing the perfect setting for a night of movies, food and drinks with a variety of films for all ages.
Guests can unwind on old-timey lawn chairs and watch oceanfront films on a giant inflatable screen with the highest quality HD-projection and line-array sound provided by LA’s premier outdoor movie producers, EatISeeIHear.
“We love to follow up the Twilight Concert Series with the Pier’s free outdoor movie series, Front Porch Cinema,” said Santa Monica Pier Administrator, Jay Farrand. “It’s the best place to bring your friends and watch both new and classic films under the stars.”
Front Porch Cinema is co-produced by award-winning producers, Eat|See|Hear, and sponsored by Fandango. The series will kick off with the family-friendly hit movie, “Big Hero 6” on Oct. 9, followed by “The Imitation Game” on Oct. 16, “Guardians of the Galaxy” on Oct. 23 and closing with “Ghostbusters” just in time for Halloween on Oct. 30.
“We love movies here at Fandango and we wanted to spread that passion with the local community by supporting Front Porch Cinema,” said Fandango’s Adam Rockmore SVP, Head of Marketing and Communications. “Fandango is a Silicon Beach company – so what better place to celebrate the movies than in our own backyard and at a classic filming location like Santa Monica?”
There will also be a bonus screening on Thursday, October 15 when Luna Bar presents Luna Fest, a traveling film festival of award-winning short films by, for and about women. This celebration of women in film will feature 90 minutes of six short films and include food, drinks and entertainment prior to screening and raise funds for local non-profits. For more information visit lunafest.org.
“LUNA has always been a catalyst for bringing women together. For 15 years, our traveling film festival, LUNAFEST, has taken a stand to raise awareness about the gender disparity in filmmaking and support female filmmakers. LUNAFEST is a prime example of the incredible impact women can make on each other and their communities when they come together,” said Suzy Starke German, LUNAFEST Program Manager.
Viewers are encouraged to bring their own chairs, as only a limited number will be available for rent. Front Porch Cinema also offers the Cinema Lounge for guests to enjoy before and during the film, with movie-themed cocktails from Green Bar Distillery, Brews from Boulevard Brewing Co and Bundaberg Brewed Drinks. Attendees must be 21 and over to enter.
Front Porch Cinema Fall Schedule:
Cinema Lounge opens at 6 p.m.
Movie begins at 7:30 p.m.
October 9 – “Big Hero 6” (PG)
October 16 – “The Imitation Game” (PG-13)
October 23 – “Guardians of the Galaxy” (PG-13)
October 30 – “Ghostbusters” (PG)
Bonus Screening Oct. 15: Luna Bar presents Luna Fest, a celebration of women in film with six short films. More information at lunafest.org.
This year’s Front Porch Cinema sponsors include Fandango, Boulevard Brewing Co., Luna & Cliff Bar, Verizon Wireless, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, Green Bar Distillery, Bundaberg Brewed Drinks, 98.7 – I Heart Media and Santa Monica Daily Press.
Parking will be available in the lot north of the pier at 1550 Pacific Coast Highway, and free bike valet will be provided.
For more information, please visit www.frontporchcinema.com.