The Hollywood Forever Cemetery is an L.A. phenomenon. It is a communally wonderful way to enjoy classic movies with hipster audiences, but the crowds get so large and this group is notorious for arriving timewise "at will" that we don't plan many of these outings (so Jono's hair doesn't become more white than it already is).
But it is the beginning of summer and they are showing a wonderful Hitchcock classic--"THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH" (1956) so why not? I only wish the people putting on this series would splurge for a larger/wider outdoor screen instead of just a grey mausoleum wall which is really too small in height for crowds that are now easily triple what they were when the series started.
Admission is $12 (for this digitally projected screening). You can pay at the gate or preferably buy your ticket online, print out a ticket then bring it with you to the entrance. The screening will be held on Fairbanks Lawn, a grassy field inside Hollywood Forever Cemetery under open skies (where no plots yet exist--the screening area is adjacent, but not directly over any grave sites).
Below is the ADVANCE TICKET PURCHASE WEBLINK:
Please bring hand held snacks/desserts to share with a couple of other members of our group. You are allowed to carry in low-back lawn chairs (NOT medium or high back because you will lynched if you block someones view), picnic blankets, picnic baskets, coolers and wine and/or beer, but keep in mind that once you make it through the long waiting line to get in that you then have to schlep whatever you bring almost all the way across the cemetery (and what initially may not seem that heavy--ice, wine bottles, etc.--become increasingly heavy as you stroll along the walkways to the southeast corner of the property. One other consideration is that these screenings often attract at least 2,000 or more people so you may also either need to drive with someone and have them drop one of you off with your belongings OR park a couple of blocks or more in the adjacent neighborhood then walk/roll your items to the cemetery. (However, trust me, you will ultimately have such a great time that all of this effort will be worthwhile).
Hitchcock never made a habit of repeating himself, but that didn't stop him from bringing two different versions of 'The Man Who Knew Too Much' to the screen: the first one was in 1934, which the Master of Suspense later likened to "the work of a talented amateur," and the second in 1956, which he touted as being "made by a professional." The thriller follows American tourists Ben and Josephine McKenna (Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day) who, while vacationing in Morocco, learns of a plot to assassinate the Prime Minister at the Royal Albert Hall.
However, he can't turn to the police without endangering his young son (Christopher Olsen), who's been kidnapped to ensure McKenna's silence. Though this Hitchcock release might not reach the heights of "Vertigo," "North By Northwest," "Psycho" and others, it is worth seeing and enjoying--particularly for the inclusion of Doris Day in her only Hitchcock film and her memorable song "Que Sera, Sera."
Mind you this evening will be ALMOST a full moon (the next night is--Sunday, June 23) so beware of the vampires that may sneak out of the darkness!
Parking: At 7pm sharp the cemetery will also allow you to park on its grounds, but you still may have to walk a fair distance to the screening area. It's just easier because you won't have to hunt & peck for street parking.
- An optional $15 parking pass allows you to park on the cemetery grounds and walk directly to the lawn.
- Additional $8 parking structure spaces areavailable at the Paramount Lot at 801 N Gower, patrons who park here will enter the cemetery on foot through the Santa Monica Blvd gates and exit out the Gower gates across from the lot.