As part of her quest to write about “the dark corners of our 24-hour metropolis,” LA Times reporter Gale Holland recently took in a Cinespia screening of 1974 classic Chinatown at Hollywood Forever cemetery. For anyone who has had the good fortune to attend LA’s original outdoor summer screening series, her piece perfectly captures the appeal.

Just as tourists flock to their favorite Hollywood Walk of Fame stars because they know the celebrity in question was at one point right there with them, the Cinespia setting has its own unique ability to frame the celluloid proceedings. From Holland’s piece:

In an especially macabre touch, John Huston, who played Noah Cross, Chinatown’s Mephistophelean mogul, was with us both in spirit and in body. The late actor and director is buried near the cemetery lake, John Wyatt, the founder of Cinespia, which puts on the cemetery film series, announced to appreciative murmurings from the crowd.

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