Halloween to Día de los Muertos: 'Rooftop Screams' and 'Wood & Vine' Bring Spookylicious to 'Montalbán'

Monique LeBleu

Registered Critic, Writer, Editor

The Montalbán is hosting "Rooftop Screams" in their Fall Rooftop Movies Series, scheduled through October until November 1, 2019.

"Rooftop Screams" will feature a variety of choice films to make you scream, laugh, cry, and possibly even hide under your beach chair–all curated by The Montalbán–with a sprinkling of special events scheduled for individual films, such as live music before "The Mummy,"  a costume party for "Ghostbusters," and calaca in celebration of Día de los Muertos for "Coco."

For all, bring a date and your ID card. For "Coco," bring your family.

Hocus Pocus (1993) - Thursday, October 24, 2019*

This charmingly delicious wheel of cheese, directed by Kenny Ortega, stars Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker, follows a trio of witches, who are resurrected by a teenage boy in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween. A cult favorite for Halloween, the film is full of rich colors and covetable fashionable costumes, with a wonderful chemistry blend between the three actresses. It's an exercise in good, campy, Halloween fun.

"Another glorious morning. Makes me sick!"

Dawn Of The Dead (2004) - Friday, October 25, 2019*

Dawn of the Dead, directed by Zack Snyder, is a remake of George A. Romero's 1978 film. This film stars Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Jake Weber, and Mekhi Phifer. A handful of human survivors living in a shopping mall located in the fictional town are surrounded by swarms of zombies. The stuff of original zombie lore.

You perhaps might wish to eat your MontalBox Picnic Dinner first. Just a suggestion.

The Mummy (1999) - Saturday, October 26, 2019*

The 1999 American action horror film that stars Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, and Kevin J. O'Connor, with the glorious Arnold Vosloo as the reanimated mummy. And adventurer Rick O'Connell (Fraser) travels to Hamunaptra, the city of the dead, with a librarian and her brother, and accidentally awaken Imhotep from his cursed death sleep. Stylish and loaded with action and some choice one-liners make this a fun night at the movies and a great date movie.

The Sinister String Quartet will perform the score to "The Mummy" during a pre-show tribute.

Ghost Busters (1984) - Sunday, October 27, 2019*

"Who You Gonna Call?" Ghostbusters is quintessential Ivan Reitman as Director. Written by Dan Aykroyd (SNL) and Harold Ramis, this hilarious, charming, and visual effect-rich sci-fi fantasy romp stars Bill Murray, Aykroyd, and Ramis as the ectoplasmic slime-braving parapsychologists, Venkman, Stantz, and Spengler, respectively, who perform ghost-catching services in the haunt-ridden city of New York City. Two additional–and perhaps very best reasons–to see this film are for the sublime Sigourney Weaver and equally brilliant Rick Moranis whose respective characters at one point inhabit star-crossed poltergeist gods. Annie Potts, William Atherton, and Ernie Hudson round out this as close-to-perfect and insanely funny cast as any action-packed slapstick-laced slime-fest can get.

The screening of "Ghostbusters" includes a costume party, with special guests. But if your costumes come fully-functional to await the coming of Gozer the Destructor and Zuul the Gatekeeper, just remember that you ARE on a "rooftop." Don't cross the streams.

Be sure to photos in the Selfie Photo Booth.

Death Becomes Her (1992) - Tuesday, October 29, 2019*

Death Becomes Her is a brilliant black comedy, directed by Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future) that stars Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn, and smooth as silk Isabella Rossellini. The Oscar-winning film for Best Visual Effects a pair of narcissistic and manipulative rival actresses each drink a magic potion, gaining eternal youth as well as a plethora of unpleasant side effects, resulting in some hysterically grotesque results. Again, great chemistry here between the actors, but this is prime choice Streep comedy!

"Do you remember where you parked the car?"

Beetlejuice (1998) - Wednesday, October 30, 2019*

Beetlejuice, by Halloween-friendly film auteur, Tim Burton, is a highly imaginative, hysterical romp about a pair of recently deceased newlyweds (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) decide to “haunt” their house in order to rid it of the obnoxious and pretentious uber-hip contemporary “townies” tenants. Annoyed at their failings, they employ a devious poltergeist named "Betelgeuse"—played by the ever-brilliant Michael Keaton–to scare away the new inhabitants, played by the exquisite Catherine O'Hara, Jeffrey Jones, Glenn Shadix, and Winona Ryder.


Get Out (2017) - Thursday, October 31, 2019*

This Oscar-winning horror for Best Picture and Best Screenplay—a first in the horror genre—written and directed by Jordan Peele, stars Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Lil Rel Howery, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephen Root, and Catherine Keener in a terrifying story about a black photographer, Chris (Kaluuya), and Rose (Williams), his white girlfriend, who go to meet Rose's family where disturbing secrets are revealed.

Stay woke.

Coco (2018) - Friday, November 1

This vibrant, imaginative, and beautifully animated Oscar-winning film of Disney Pixar sends us on an adventure into the colorful The Land of the Dead, as aspiring young musician Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) quests in search of his great-great-grandfather—a legend in his family and his world—for answers as to why the family bans music.

The family-friendly film is, in itself, is a beautiful, warm, heart-tugging celebration of the Día de los Muertos tradition.

Rooftop access is available to the whole family for this special event screening of “Coco.” Come dressed for this Día de los Muertos celebration and calaca for the event. Be sure to take photos in the Selfie Photo Booth.

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Rooftop Movies, Silent Disco, The Bar, and Umami Burger, at The Montalbán, Hollywood, California, July 23, 2018. Photo by Monique A. LeBleu.

For the Rooftop Movies, the doors open at 6:00 p.m. so that early birds can stake out one of the beach chairs or love seats, get headphones, refreshments, settle in with MontalBox Picnic Boxes,  grab Umami Burgers and fries, examine the Hollywood rooftop view, play Jenga, or to just chill before the movie starts.  Movies are from 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

There are free MontalBags of candy for everyone, special Halloween elixirs all month long, and new MontalBox picnic dinners from Wood & Vine.

The MontalBox Picnic Box dinners from Wood & Vine are $29, contain a picnic dinner-for-two, and are available for pre-order direct from Wood & Vine (at Hollywood & Vine, across from The Pantages. See map**) Direct pick-up is available at the restaurant or have it delivered to the rooftop which a choice of pick-up times available.

The “Pork Shank Redemption” consists of a Watermelon Salad of romaine, watermelon, cantaloupe, mint, and green onion, Crackling Pork Shanks with a spicy honey glaze, Coleslaw, and Donut holes with vanilla dipping sauce. The “Easy Sliders” includes Scotch Eggs with pickles and beer mustard, Pulled Pork Sliders, with coleslaw and a brioche bun, Caesar salad, and Butterscotch Sweet Thyme Crumble. “Fistful of Greens” consists of 2 Garden Salad with vinaigrette, Mushroom Risotto with shiitake, oyster, and crimini mushrooms and cherry tomatoes, and Crispy Brussels Sprouts. “The Ten Condiments” includes chef choice charcuterie and cheese, baguette, pickles, olives, mustard, jam, and House Chips.

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At The Bar, the venue’s mixologist, Joel Ramos, will stir up elixirs exclusive to the month of October with a "Deadly Margarita," "White Russian Roulette," "BeetleJUICE," or a "FRESH BLOODy Mary."

Again, be sure to bring your ID for rooftop access. Please be advised that there is no ADA access for the rooftop screenings on the roof and that access to the rooftop is via stairs only. The Montalbán is a 100-year-old historic theatre currently with no elevator service.

Visit Rooftop Screams for more information.

*Please be advised that the evening event listed is 18 and older only.

Wood & Vine - 6280 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (at Vine Street at The Taft Building) - (323) 334-3360
Distance to The Montalbán - 0.1 miles (3 min. walk)

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Rooftop Movies, Silent Disco, and The Bar at The Montalbán, Hollywood, California, July 23, 2018. Photo by Monique A. LeBleu.

Monique A. LeBleu/Event Editor and Contributor.