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Donnie Darko 20th Anniversary – The Frida Cinema Pop-Up Drive-In
February 20, 2021 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Join us Saturday, February 20th at 7:30pm at the First American Financial Corporation campus as we team up with Film Threat for a 20th Anniversary screening of Donnie Darko!
Described by director Richard Kelly as “The Catcher in the Rye as told by Philip K. Dick”, Donnie Darko stars Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Patrick Swayze, Drew Barrymore, Mary McDonnell, Katharine Ross and Noah Wyle.
Before STRANGER THINGS combined science fiction, Spielbergian touches and ‘80s nostalgia to much acclaim, Richard Kelly set the high-water mark with this debut feature. Initially beset with distribution problems, it would slowly find its audience and emerge as arguably the first cult classic of the new millennium.
First American Financial Corporation is located at 1 First American Way, Santa Ana CA 92707. Click here for map & directions. Gates open at 5:30pm, and Film begins at 7:30pm!
WHAT TIME CAN I ARRIVE?
Gates open at 5:30PM! Please note that we cannot place any cars on-site prior to 5:30PM. Cars will be placed on a first-come, first-served basis, one car at a time, and in sections based on size of car and desired style of viewing (i.e. open hatchbacks, etc. – more information below).
WHERE IS FIRST AMERICAN FINANCIAL CORPORATION?
First American Financial Corporation’s corporate campus is located at 8 First American Way, Santa Ana CA 92707. Click here for map & directions. We will be on the second floor of their two-story parking lot — a map and more detailed directions will be emailed to ticket holders prior to the event.
HOW DO I REDEEM MY TICKET?
Upon purchase, ticket will be emailed to you as a PDF attachment from Eventbrite. When you arrive to the event, please show the attendant the bar code on your ticket through your car window, either by holding up your printed version, or by displaying it on your phone or smart device. Attendant will scan it to check you in, and you’ll be good to go!
DO I NEED FM RADIO IN MY CAR?
YES! This is a “silent-style” Drive-In event, with no speakers. The film’s soundtrack will be accessible exclusively through your car’s FM Radio, for maximum social-distance safety. We will provide you with the FM station upon arrival. Make your your car has an FM radio so you can hear the film!
WILL YOU HAVE FOOD FOR SALE?
YES! Two food trucks, Tacomiendo & Scooter’s Italian Ice, will be selling their delicious offerings at this event — as well as donating 10% of their proceeds in support of The Frida Cinema! You’re also welcome to stock your cars with all your favorite meals, snacks and soft drinks! Please help us keep the grounds tidy by disposing your trash after the show.
WILL YOU HAVE RESTROOMS?
We will have “port-a-potties” available at this venue, as well as hand-washing stations. As our approval of this event is based on our assurance of safety, we ask that folks wear protective masks when leaving your cars for any reason, including to use the restroom.
REMEMBER TO TURN YOUR ENGINE ON EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE…
As you will be running your battery non-stop so that you can listen to the film on FM, you run the risk of killing your battery. We are always ready to go with the jumper cables for those who need them!, but to eliminate the risk of your battery dying, remember to turn your car on every once in a while.
…BUT MIND YOUR HEADLIGHTS!
Some cars have headlights that automatically turn on when the engine is turned over. There’s generally a setting to eliminate that — please make an effort to switch that setting so that your headlights don’t beam on when you power on your car, as headlights wipe out the image on the screen. We will have cardboard and tablecloths on hand for cars that may need help with this — let an attendant know if you need materials to cover your headlights.
MIND YOUR DOME LIGHTS AND BRAKE PEDAL
We understand that sometimes you have to flick on the dome light to look for something in your car, but please don’t have your dome light on for a stretched period of time — and certainly, not through the entire film. Any light proves very distracting to the audience around you. And lastly — we understand that it sometimes feels instinctual to do so, but please make an effort to keep your foot off your brake pedal. In a dark environment, brake lights provide quite the surprising glow.
CAN I SIT IN MY TRUCK BED?
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CAN I PUT MY CONVERTIBLE’S TOP DOWN?
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CAN I THROW THE HATCH OF MY HATCHBACK UP AND SIT IN THE BACK TO WATCH THE SHOW?
– Please note that tall cars / SUV’s / trucks will be parked in parking areas to the sides of the middle area, or along the back rows, to minimize obstruction of rows behind you.
– Guests are allowed to sit in their truck beds, so long as they keep their protective masks on.
– Guests are allowed to put their tops down, so long as they keep their protective masks on.
– Raised hatches proved quite obstructive to rows of cars behind them in viewing the screen. If you’re absolutely set on sitting in your hatchback with your hatch up, you will be asked to park either to the sides of our car staging area, or along the back rows. And — like truckbeds and convertibles — if your hatch is open, we ask that you keep your masks on. Again, our approval of this event is based on our assurance of absolute safety, with folks keeping masks on when not inside their closed cars.
– For trucks: Please keep in mind that the soundtrack is coming in through FM radio. As such, either have a low-volume FM radio in your truck bed with you, or you can slide open the little window to your truck bed and play through your car stereo at a reasonable volume.
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