It's July 4th weekend, and what is typically reserved for Saturday nights, Hollywood Forever Cemetery is adding an additional flick into its rotation -- screening for all of us, both the dead and alive, on Sunday, July 3. If the spirits of those six feet under get at all disgruntled during the course of your romantic picnic … well, who are you going to call? Lovers, it's "Ghostbusters" night.
Paradis: A summer night in Hollywood is nothing to waste; so before your big night of ghost-busting with the dead, live a little: get some ice cream. In Los Feliz, Pinkberry is now just some spook tale among locals -- ever since an ice cream parlor all the way from Denmark moved into the old yogurt spot. At Paradis, the ice cream is made daily, and it's whipped into the creamy consistency of an almost-gelato. While you ponder the perfect trifecta of scoops, know to top it all off with a popular Danish delicacy, "flødebolle." For the Americans, it's simply "marshmallow topping." Honor the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man with a layer of these little chocolate-covered fluffy bits.
1726 North Vermont Avenue, at Kingswell Avenue (323-663-3311 or paradis-icecream.com)
Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles: In Hollywood, you have copious options for picnic boxes, but the pre-order-it fare at the likes of Mozza2Go and Street seem awfully civilized for your night of picnicking with the dead. We say, keep it classic: get fried chicken. It's the ultimate hands-on picnic grub, and Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles is just three blocks away (read: your bird parts will still be warm and crispy!). We suggest you concoct the perfect to-go order from three menu classics: the Country Girl (a half-chicken), the Country Boy (three wings and potato salad) and the Carol C. Special (a succulent breast and a waffle). To make your date extra special, toss in a side leg or two.
Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles, 1514 North Gower Street, at Sunset Boulevard (323-466-7453 or roscoeschickenandwaffles.com)
Hollywood Forever Cemetery: A line, of course, forms outside of Hollywood Forever Cemetery before the gates finally open at 7:30pm. Folks clamor along -- you should avoid stepping on the graves (RIP) -- hunting and claiming the best patch of green in front of the big white wall (that's the screen). As you quickly set up your fort of blankets, pillows and maybe small chairs, a DJ spins comfortable summer jams for the 90 minutes preceding the movie. This is when your neighbors, awkwardly eating warm brie on stale crackers, will feel an insane amount of fried-chicken envy (and for the cooler of beer you've bravely brought along to pair). As the night sky darkens, it's time for the movie: 1984's "Ghostbusters" starring younger versions of Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, Sigourney Weaver and the ageless Marshmallow Man.
6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, at Gower Street (323-469-1181 or cinespia.org)
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