DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - After showing more than 80 films in the past seven years from parking lots in Downtown, Morgan Night, the founder of Devil’s Night Drive-In, is shutting down the popular outdoor movie series.
Night said his desire to pursue other projects and to never show the same film twice were major factors in his decision.
“Up until this summer I never wanted to show the same movie twice and now it’s run its course,” he said.
The Aug. 16 screening of Sixteen Candles and the Sept. 8 showing of Pee Wee’s Big Adventure will be the last two films of the series, Night said.
“We’re ending it with the movie we started with, which (itself) ends at a drive-in theater,” Night said of the Pee Wee film, which launched the series in a parking lot near the Alexandria Hotel in 2006 and was one of the first outdoor movie series in Downtown.
The event later moved to a rooftop parking lot near the corner of Fourth and Broadway where the Saturday evening films included live performances inspired by the films and carhops on roller skates serving food and soft drinks. Films were projected on a 24- by 18-foot inflatable screen. Night also installed an Astroturf area where patrons set out lawn chairs or blankets. Although some people watched from their cars, others rode bikes or walked.
The event attracted up to 150 people each night.
Besides operating an Internet radio station and running a trailer park inn in Joshua Tree, Night said he will dedicate his time to making films rather than showing them.
He’s currently working as the executive producer on a documentary about 1980s band DEVO.
But like all big hits, there is a chance of a sequel.
Night said he is looking for someone that can take over the event and is currently interviewing some candidates. But if he can’t find a suitable replacement, he plans on selling all of the equipment on eBay.
For tickets to the final show go to devilsnight.com.
Contact Richard Guzman @firstname.lastname@example.org.
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