The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Blue Velvet

Celebrate the 35th anniversary of David Lynch’s erotically-charged neo-noir Blue Velvet with a special art show accompanied by screenings of the film!

Twin Peaks’ Kyle MacLachlan stars as Jeffrey Beaumont, a young college student returning to his hometown in North Carolina after his father suffers a stroke. When he discovers a severed ear buried within a field of grass, Jeffrey investigates by thrusting himself into the pathway of Dorothy Vallens (the luminous Isabella Rossellini), who suffers at the hands of Frank Booth (played by a terrifying Dennis Hopper) – a gas-huffing gangster well-beyond the description of psychopathic. Will Jeffrey discover the secrets hiding just beneath the surface of his hometown, or fall prey to this deranged rabbit hole of crime, sadomasochism and Roy Orbison?

Co-starring Laura Dern and featuring Lynch at his very best in inducing the most tangible kind of dread, Blue Velvet is an unforgettable landmark of neo-noir, filled to the brim with some of the most intimate and nightmarish sequences of his entire career.

Arrive early to take in all the art on display in our lobby before the movie starts!


“The film releases a toxic narcosis of fear.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“Shocking, visionary, rapturously controlled, its images of innocence and a dark, bruising sexuality drop straight into our unconscious where they rest like depth charges.” – Sheila Bentson, The Los Angeles Times

“There is no denying the sheer audacity of Blue Velvet’s visuals or storyline. It’s quintessential David Lynch, and Dennis Hopper at his most manic.” – Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle