The Montalbán’s rooftop oasis – outfitted with a bar, concession stand and full kitchen – provides an open-air movie theater complete with a large projection screen, state-of-the-art projector, noise cancelling headphones, fresh-popped popcorn and even blankets for a chilly night.

This year – 2019 – the historic venue celebrates 10 years of rooftop entertainment and enters its fifth year of its ongoing outdoor movie series, now entitled Rooftop Movies at The Montalbán. Initially associated with the UK’s Rooftop Cinema Club, The Montalbán curates films from all eras including Hollywood classics, cult favorites, select current releases, premieres and special presentations with cast and crew when possible.

Guests enjoy a rooftop screening of “Casablanca” at the Montalban. (photo credit: Lionel Garcia)

Doors open at 6:00pm, which allows attendees to DRINK beer, wine, mix drinks and the ever-popular hand-crafted Ramos Sangria; DINE thanx to Umami Burger who continues as the venue’s rooftop culinary partner (serving Impossible Burgers much to the delight of many vegetarians); PLAY a game of giant Jenga or ham-it-up in the selfie-friendly Simple Booth area; or CHILL in a relaxing beach chair or loveseat while listening to a hand-selected musical soundtrack in noise-cancelling headphones until the movie begins.

To kick-off its alfresco decade, it’s hosting pop-up movie screenings starting on February 1st, just in time for Groundhog Day, with a trio of Harold Ramis comedies before the official season of Rooftop Movies at The Montalbán returns in April. Films will include Animal House (Fri. 2/1), Groundhog Day ON Groundhog Day (Sat. 2/2) and Caddyshack (Sun. 2/3 ). For Valentine’s Day The Montalbán will host another pop-up with over a week of romance-themed film screenings from Friday, February 8th through Sunday, February 17, 2019. Tickets range in price from $18 to $50. The Montalbán is located at 1615 Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028. To learn more or buy tickets, please call the box office at 323-461-6999 or visit special February Pop-up Rooftop Movies at The Montalbán include:

Groundhog Day Pop-up Weekend –

Fri. 2/1 –Animal House(1978)

Sat. 2/2 –Groundhog Day(1993)

Sun. 2/3 –Caddyshack(1980)


Valentine’s Day Pop-up Week –

Fri. 2/8 –Breakfast at Tiffany’s(1961)

Sun. 2/10 –Roman Holiday(1953)

Tue. 2/12 –Clueless(1995)

Wed. 2/13 –Ghost(1990)

Thu. 2/14 –Casablanca(1942)

Fri. 2/15 –The Notebook(2004)

Sat. 2/16 –Romeo + Juliet(1996) & Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

Sun. 2/17 –10 Things I Hate About You(1999)


The Montalbán, Hollywood’s classic theater reborn for a new era of performing arts and screened entertainment, is located at 1615 Vine Street just south of the world-famous Hollywood & Vine intersection. The gorgeous Beaux Arts building was the first legitimate live Broadway-style theater in Hollywood, and is one of the few remaining mid-sized and fully equipped proscenium theaters in Los Angeles. Featuring orchestra, mezzanine, loge and balcony seating, it is known for its excellent sightlines and acoustics. The venue is also proud of its versatile rooftop where films are screened many nights throughout the year.


Over the years, The Montalbán has been owned by Howard Hughes, CBS Radio, A&P grocery chain heir Huntington Hartford and the Greek Theater’s James Doolittle. UCLA took over in the 1980s until the Ricardo Montalbán Foundation bought the building in 1999. Emmy Award-winning actor Ricardo Montalbán’s vision was to create a presence in Hollywood that provided inspiration and employment for young Latinos as well as other underrepresented people throughout the community. In recent years, under the direction of Montalbán’s son-in-law Gilbert Smith, nearly $4 million has been invested into theater restoration to help preserve this good old classic that contributes to make Hollywood a very special and incredibly creative place.


The Ricardo Montalbán Foundation and Theatre are dedicated to improving the image of Latinos and other underrepresented communities through the entertainment industry, by providing educational and employment opportunities for artists dedicated to the performing arts and to produce, present and support meaningful and world-class presentations that emphasize artistic collaboration, diversity and interdisciplinary work with community participation.

Rooftop Movies at The Montalbán is quite literally a perfect night on the town. The theatre’s entire team hopes Los Angeles residents and visitors alike will come often for an evening under the stars with fantastic films, fun food, and dear friends.

Please be advised that there is no ADA access to the rooftop. Rooftop access is via stairs ONLY.


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