Museum hours: Closed For Renovations

Wheels & Reels Summer Movie Nights at The Petersen

June 19, 2013

Movie: Cars (2006)

Showtime: 7:00pm

Synopsis: A pedal-to-the-metal race car determined to prove his worth on the tracks discovers that life isn't always about crossing the finish line first in Toy Story director John Lasseter's mechanically minded tale of friendship and loyalty. Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) may be just a rookie, but he's convinced that he can realize his dream of zooming by the checkered flag if he can only make it to California in time to compete in the upcoming Piston Cup Championship. When Lightning takes a detour into the slow-moving, Route 66 town of Radiator Springs, however, it begins to appear as if his shot at the big time has effectively stalled out. Of course, Lightning's exciting cross-country trek wasn't all for naught, and after befriending such quirky Radiator Springs residents as Sally the Porsche (voice of Bonnie Hunt), Doc Hudson (voice of Paul Newman), and Mater the Tow Truck (voice of Larry the Cable Guy), the eager young racer learns that sometimes life is more about the voyage than the outcome of the race.

More Movies to Come: Join us at the Petersen Automotive Museum this summer for Wednesday evening screenings of classic automotive films. Free admission includes access to the museum's second-floor galleries. Johnny Rockets snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.

Upcoming movies include:

  • On Any Sunday, July 10
  • Grand Prix, July 24
  • The Fast and the Furious + 2Fast 2Furious, August 14

To RSVP or for further information, email