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Street Food Cinema, a community of outdoor movie, live music, and food enthusiasts, present this summer event series presents outdoors movies, gourmet food trucks, and live music from emerging artists presented by the Viper Room. Beginning May 26 with Napoleon Dynamite, Street Food Cinema runs until September 1 and shows movies such as MI 4: Ghost Protocol, Bridesmaids, Iron Man, Avatar, Twilight, and Talladega Nights. Participating food trucks include A ROCKin ICE Hawaiian Shaved Ice Truck, Munchie Machine, Vizzi Truck, and India Jones Chow Truck. Moreover, this event series is pet-friendly and viewers are encouraged to bring their pets. Presenting cinema-quality movie production, the film will project onto a 22 by 40 ft screen.
The large crowds (on average there are 1,000 to 2,000 attendees each night) give the audience a sense of community, which is just what the creators, Hollywood event planner Heather Hope-Allison and her husband screenwriter Steve Allison, want. In an interview, Steve Allison said, "We try to create a communal vibe that is engaging on multiple levels. We don't want people to just come and sit, as if they're going to a movie theater. We speak in front of the audience, we introduce ourselves, we introduce the band, we give shout-outs to audience members who are having birthdays and have the whole crowd sing 'Happy Birthday' and in every show, we'll engage the audience in a contest that's themed around the movie."
In the upcoming event, which takes place on July 21, The Peach Kings will perform before the presentation of the feature film Little Miss Sunshine. This week will premiere a sneak peek of the directors' new movie Ruby Sparks before the film. The directors, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris will be present. For more information on this event, visit Sparks at the Park.
Bring your own blanket and, if you don't want to spend money on the food trucks, personal meals are permitted. Every Saturday before each movie, special giveaways and movie-themed competitions take place, as well as a presentation of a new Funny or Die short film.
Price: General Admission is $10, Children (ages 6 - 12) is $5, Group tickets (4) is $32, and reserved seating is $15. Tickets can be found here or through the website.
Times:The program opens at 5:30PM, live music starts at 7:30PM, and the movie begins at 8:30PM.
Venue: All movies, apart from the finale, take place at Exposition Park near USC on the field in front of the Coliseum. The final movie (shown on September 1) will be located at Bloch Field in San Pedro.
Parking: A nearby lot is available for $10. The entrance is off Figueroa.