Rooftop Movies & Chill for the Holidays at the ‘Montalbán’

Photo by Monique A. LeBleu -The festive holiday decorations at the Montalbán Theatre Rooftop Movies, Hollywood, California, Monday, December 3, 2018.

The Montalbán Theatre has once again curated a choice collection of movies for their Rooftop Movies series with a bevy of fun holiday flicks. Overlooking the heart of Hollywood, the Rooftop Movies at the Montalbán is equipped with a full bar, a concession stand with popcorn, an Umami Burger stand serving their signature burgers, like the Impossible Burger, “state-of-the-art noise-canceling headphones,” throw blankets, a giant Jenga, and comfy 33″ wide ‘Love Seats’ making cozy roof movie seating for two.

Check out the movie line-up for December after the break.

Edward Scissorhands
Thursday, December 6, 2018
8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

A gentle man with scissors for hands is brought into a new community after living in isolation. Director Tim Burton’s timeless film about love, loneliness, true kindness and the endless trickiness of living when you have scissors as hands. A loving poke and homage to holiday Americana, this lush film stars Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest and Vincent Price. The film’s runtime is 1hr 45 minutes.

Saturday, December 8, 2018
8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

An early film by director Jon Favreau (Iron Man) about Buddy (Will Ferrell), raised as an elf at the North Pole, who is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity after inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size. Starring Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, and Peter Dinklage. The film’s runtime is 1h 37 minutes.

Die Hard
Friday, December 14, 2018
8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

A Christmas movie, you say? But, of course it is! Nothing says “Ho, Ho, Ho and Happy Holidays!” like car crashes, explosions, and broken glass-bloodied bare feet running across a rooftop…while watching on a rooftop! Director John McTiernan’s thrilling action dramedy casts Bruce “Yippie-kayay” Willis as NYPD officer John McClane who comes to L.A. to surprise his family and his overworked and edge-of-estranged wife at her office Christmas party in the company’s new digs, the Nakatomi Plaza. Jetlagged, he encounters a novice limo chauffeur, a kind-hearted cop addicted to Twinkies, a nasty narcissistic yuppie executive-type, idiot FBI agents, and a handful of tenacious German terrorists–and, boy, are they a handful! There’s a Christmas teddy bear in there somewhere as well.  It’s a bloody good time! Stars Willis, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson, and–once again, another late-great–Alan Rickman, in his ever brilliant breakout role at age 43 as the iconic and über-smooth Hans Gruber. What do you mean you haven’t seen it? What’s wrong with you? Go! The film’s runtime is 2h 12 minutes.

The Holiday
Sunday, December 16, 2018
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Director Nancy Meyers’ charming romantic comedy about two women on opposites sides of the western world who swap homes for the holidays in an effort to briefly escape their lives. Each of them “meet cute” local guys and fall in love. Stars: Kate Winslet (Titanic), Cameron Diaz (There’s Something About Mary), Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes), Jack Black (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) and late-great Elli Wallach. The film’s runtime is 2h 18 minutes.

The Nightmare Before Christmas
Saturday, December 22, 2018
8:00 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.

Directed by stop-motion animator Henry Selick, Tim Burton and Michael McDowell tell the story of Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, who accidentally discovers Christmas Town. Enamored with his findings, he attempts to bring Christmas to his hometown, causing confusion and some anarchy. Stars the film’s composer Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon (The Princess Bride), Catherine O’Hara (Beetlejuice), Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman), and brilliant Broadway actor Ken Page as Oogie Boogie. The film’s runtime is 1h 16 minutes.

Incredibles 2
Saturday, December 22, 2018
10:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Once again Pixar’s Writer/Director Brad Bird brings a winning follow-up to his hit homage to superheroes, as well as OO7-wannabees everywhere, “The Incredibles,” only a mere 10 years later. Apparently, it was worth the wait. “Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) is left to care for the kids while Helen (Elastigirl) is out saving the world.” Is it a Christmas movie? Not sure. But it’s a Pixar, so who cares. Stars: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell. The film’s runtime is 1h 58 minutes.

Love, Actually
Sunday, Saturday, December 23, 2018
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

“He loves her. But she loves him. And he loves somebody else. You just can’t win.” J. Geils I-Told-You-So song might work except the P.M. (Hugh Grant) has got all the right moves, and so does Bilbo…I mean…Martin Freeman, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Colin Firth. (When doesn’t Colin Firth?) Following London love in the life of eight different couples, each with very British problems during the month before Christmas, situational comedy genius director Richard Curtis navigates the various and interconnected plotlines as only he can. Stars Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Bill Nighy, Andrew Lincoln, Keira Knightly…(pauses to catch breath)…Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, and the ever-hysterical Rowen Atkinson in a cameo of cameos. The film’s runtime is 2h 15 minutes.

Grab a date, nab a cocktail, some popcorn, and a burger, and snuggle up to a movie in the not-so-frightful L.A. weather.

The Montalbán Theatre Rooftop Movies – 1615 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028.

More on The Montalbán Theatre Rooftop Movie series on The Los Angeles Beat:

Montalbán Theatre Hosts New Outdoor Film Series with Umami Burger

Rooftop Chillin: Three Fun Flicks Atop the Montalbán for Halloween and Dia De Los Muertos


About Monique A. LeBleu

Monique A. LeBleu is a writer, photographer, videographer, foodie and unabashed book reader. A love of film history and a background in film production, post-production, and film theory provide unique insights into her movie reviews. A background in theater fuels her passion for drama behind the fourth wall.
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