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  • Writer's pictureCarrie Specht

Street Food Cinema Launches "Phantasmagoria" at DTLA's Million Dollar Theater For Spooky Good Oct.

If you love Halloween movies and enjoy counting down to the spookiest day of the year, here's a brand new tradition you're going to want to add to your annual calendar. The team at Street Food Cinema has got a treat for you with their newest specialty event series, Cinema Phantasmagoria. Throughout the month of October the Million Dollar Theater in downtown Los Angeles will present the most beloved Halloween movies ever, and envelop you in all the ghoulish atmosphere the season has to offer with an interactive experience every cinema fan will adore.

Cinema Phantasmagoria is an immersive haunted theater experience with classic horror films and more. With the help of some amazing decorations to pump up the atmosphere and set the mood, guests will step into a mysterious 1920’s movie palace where time has stood still. Sinister ushers, strolling musicians, a demonic barber and an undead Master of Ceremonies will entertain as patrons hit the bar before settling in to watch a modern classic horror film. Guests are also encouraged to bring is their own food from the Grand Central Market (which is located right next door) to enjoy during the movie. A great bonus to the whole experience!

But that's not all! If you dare you can partake in a historic VIP Backstage Ghost Tour and step into the depths of the gothic, over 100 hundred year old theatre, the first Sid Grauman (as in Grauman's Chinese Theatre) ever opened. The story goes that during a movie premiere in 1921, a mistress to a silent movie star went missing. Was it a murder?  On the guided tour, you'll explore the mystery, as well as the history of the theater, which has played host to an incredible list of some of the most illustrious early movie icons, including William S. Hart, Lillian Gish, Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Cecil B. DeMille, D.W. Griffith, and Mack Sennett. A spooky tour of this classic, National Registry landmark is a must-see for Hollywood history aficionados! Tours run every fifteen minutes throughout the night, so you can indulge in tickling your scary bone before or after the movie. No matter what you decide to do, or when you decide to do it, the Cinema Phantasmagoria experience is one you'll remember for a long time. Most likely until next Halloween when you can do it all over again!

With two screenings each night, you can start early or go later for extra spooky fun. Opening night, Friday, October 11th features the 1978 original, Halloween, starring Jamie Lee Curtis. Doors open at 5:30pm with screenings at 7pm and 9pm (tickets apply to either screening time). You can find all ticket information for Cinema Phantasmagoria here:

Full Cinema Phantasmagoria Schedule below:

October 11 - Halloween (1978) 41st Anniversary

October 12 - Hocus Pocus

October 13 - A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) 35th Anniversary

October 18 - Saw 15th Anniversary

October 19 - Bram Stoker's Dracula

October 20 - The Thing (1982)

October 25 - Shaun of the Dead 15th Anniversary

October 26 - Beetlejuice

October 27 - The Conjuring

October 30 - Sleepy Hollow (1999) 20th Anniversary

October 31 - IT

Now in its 8th season, Street Food Cinema is LA's largest outdoor movie experience, combining carefully cultivated experiences with outdoor movies, street food, audience games, live music and more. There are still so many more incredible cinematic experiences to enjoy with Street Food Cinema this season.  Be sure to check out the full schedule at:


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