Family Fun

Your 2018 L.A. Holiday Movie Screening Guide

A flurry of films to get you in the seasonal spirit.

“The Polar Express”

More than anything else, the holidays are about…movies! You have your Hallmark Channel originals, which now face fierce competition from upstart holiday-movie heavyweight Netflix and its annual release of feel-good fare. There are marathons of action blockbusters and holiday classics on practically every TV channel. And you will, of course, have to dust off your old videotapes to rewatch those classic Rudolph, Frosty, and Grinch specials with the whole family.

Sometimes, though, you want to get out of the house for the festive filmgoing fun. Especially when it’s not going to ice your eyelashes. Luckily for you, L.A. has no shortage of holiday film magic—the city’s plethora of art-house and legacy movie theaters (and rooftops, too!) go into overdrive this time of year, screening holiday favorites of all kinds all month long. Here’s a thorough rundown of this year’s slate, sure to sate your appetite for seasonal cheer.

December 8
Elf @ The Montalbán Rooftop
Home Alone @ Electric Dusk Drive-In
Looney Tunes Winter Wonderland holiday shorts @ Aero Theatre
The Nightmare Before Christmas @ New Beverly

December 9
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation @ Melrose Rooftop Theatre
The Muppet Christmas Carol @ Aero Theatre
The Nightmare Before Christmas @ New Beverly
Trading Places @ The Montalbán Rooftop
White Christmas in various theaters

December 10
A Christmas Story @ ArcLight Beach Cities
A Christmas Story @ ArcLight Culver City
Jim Henson’s Holiday Special in various theaters
Love Actually @ ArcLight Sherman Oaks
The Holiday @ Melrose Rooftop Theatre

December 11
A Christmas Story @ ArcLight Santa Monica
Elf @ Melrose Rooftop Theatre
It’s a Wonderful Life @ ArcLight Hollywood
Love Actually @ ArcLight Pasadena

December 12
Gremlins @ Melrose Rooftop Theatre
White Christmas in various theaters

December 13
Love Actually @ Melrose Rooftop Theatre

December 14
Die Hard @ The Montalbán Rooftop

December 15
Bad Santa @ The Montalbán Rooftop
Christmas Evil @ New Beverly
The Muppet Christmas Carol @ New Beverly
The Nightmare Before Christmas @ Cinespia at Palace Theater

Movie Theater holiday film
The Nightmare Before Christmas

December 16
Home Alone @ Melrose Rooftop Theatre
Jim Henson’s Holiday Special in various theaters
Miracle on 34th Street and Santa Claus: The Movie @ New Beverly
The Holiday @ The Montalbán Rooftop
The Muppet Christmas Carol @ New Beverly

December 17
A Christmas Story @ ArcLight Pasadena
Die Hard @ ArcLight Hollywood
Die Hard @ ArcLight Santa Monica
Miracle on 34th Street and Santa Claus: The Movie @ New Beverly
Planes, Trains & Automobiles @ Melrose Rooftop Theatre

December 18
A Christmas Story @ ArcLight Sherman Oaks
Black Christmas and Silent Night, Deadly Night @ New Beverly
It’s a Wonderful Life @ ArcLight Beach Cities
It’s a Wonderful Life @ ArcLight Culver City
Jingle All the Way @ Melrose Rooftop Theatre
The Nutcracker (Royal Opera House performance) @ The Montalbán Rooftop

December 19
Dial Code: Santa Claus and Blood Beat @ Egyptian Theatre
Die Hard @ Melrose Rooftop Theatre
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and Scrooged @ New Beverly
The Muppet Christmas Carol @ Melrose Rooftop Theatre

December 20
Batman Returns and Gremlins @ Egyptian Theatre
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and Scrooged @ New Beverly
The Lion in Winter @ Aero Theatre
The Polar Express @ Melrose Rooftop Theatre
The Santa Clause @ Melrose Rooftop Theatre

December 21
Die Hard and Trail of Robin Hood @ Egyptian Theatre
Elf @ Aero Theatre
Gremlins @ Vista Theatre
It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story @ New Beverly
White Christmas @ The Montalbán Rooftop

Movie Theater holiday film
Elf

December 22
Elf @ Rialto Theatre
Gremlins @ Vista Theatre
It’s a Wonderful Life @ Egyptian Theatre
It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story @ New Beverly
Jingle All the Way @ New Beverly
Meet Me in St. Louis @ Aero Theatre
Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2 plus secret bonus movie @ New Beverly
The Nightmare Before Christmas @ The Montalbán Rooftop

December 23
Die Hard and The Silent Partner @ New Beverly
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York @ Melrose Rooftop Theatre
It’s a Wonderful Life @ Aero Theatre (early screening)
It’s a Wonderful Life @ Aero Theatre (late screening)
It’s a Wonderful Life @ Warner Grand Theatre
Jingle All the Way @ New Beverly
Love Actually @ The Montalbán Rooftop

December 24
Die Hard and The Silent Partner @ New Beverly
It’s a Wonderful Life @ Vista Theatre
The Nightmare Before Christmas @ Melrose Rooftop Theatre