Academy opening new outdoor Hollywood theater

HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES

The announcement was made at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' sprawling Hollywood campus, where the films will be screened.

Academy President Tom Sherak says the "Oscar Outdoors" film series will feature surround sound and a 40-foot screen. Guests are invited to bring blankets and beach chairs to enjoy the outdoor experience.

Programming director Randy Haberkamp and Sherak both said they hope the outdoor theater recalls the drive-in theaters of a bygone era.

"I wish we could have built a drive-in theater," Sherak said. "This is the closest we could get."

The screenings begin June 15 with Casablanca, and will run every Friday and Saturday through Aug. 18. Admission is $5, $3 for students and free for kids under 10. Tickets for the June screenings go on sale on June 1.

Food trucks will be available at each screening, with trucks tailored to the movie being shown when possible.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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