The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

American Psycho — Presented by Los Angeles Arts Society

American Psycho poster

Tell your secretary to cancel all your appointments on Friday, September 27th because Los Angeles Arts Society is bringing American Psycho to The Frida Cinema!

Based on Bret Easton Ellis’ controversial novel, Mary Harron’s adaptation finds much to laugh at in this blackest of black comedies. Christian Bale stars as Patrick Bateman, a big shot investment banker who dines at fancy restaurants and compares business cards with friends by day and butchers associates to the accompaniment of Huey Lewis and the News by night. Frank in its graphic depiction of sex and violence, the film uses these excesses not to thrill or titillate but rather to capture the unfathomable emptiness of Bateman’s life. It’s a chilling portrayal that is underlined by the vapid extravagance of its 1980s Wall Street setting.  

Arrive early at 6:30PM for the Psycho Killer Preshow, a choice selection of Pat Bateman’s favorite music videos playing on the big screen! Also be sure to unwind and take in the 80s environment as LA Arts Society turns The Frida lobby into a new wave club before the movie starts at 7PM!

Buy early and guarantee your seat! Tickets are $12 online and at The Frida Cinema box office through September 26th, and $15 the day of the event!
Be sure to make your reservations for this dangerously hip night, and we hope to see you there!


“Fortunately, Mary Harron has escaped the rock writer’s cul-de-sac and directed American Psycho with the same earnestness and passion she brought to her journalism. Unlike many directors who are keen to furnish the big screen with ideas, Harron has a strong sense of narrative structure.” — Michael Thomson, BBC

“Bale’s achievement is in suggesting far more dimensions than his character would ever admit to having.” — Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com

“It needs to be seen and appreciated, like a serpent in a glass cage.” — Richard Corliss, Time Magazine