The Frida Cinema is thrilled to return to our favorite venue for rooftop drive-in cinema, Mess Hall Market in Tustin, for another year of fantastic movies under the stars! Join us January 21st as we kick off another year of drive-in classics with Alejandro Jodorowsky’s legendary 1970 classic El Topo!
Credited as starting the “Midnight Movie” phenomenon, El Topo became the stuff of cinematic legend when John Lennon and Yoko Ono famously discovered it at a midnight screening in New York, and were impressed with the film’s surreal, bizarre, and visceral imagery, and its original take on the theme of personal transformation. Alejandro Jodorowsky was quickly established as a master of the outrageous and the profound, using the Spaghetti Western aesthetic as a vehicle to tell his surreal odyssey of mysticism and enlightenment.
After abandoning his young son, a brazen gunslinger attempts to defeat four masters and become the preeminent, but he is betrayed and left for dead. Recused by an underground collection of socially shunned and forsaken dwarfs, paraplegic, and disfigured people, he finds redemption. When he attempts to return to the conventional world, he is confronted with a society of decadence and perversion. At the time, Mexico had strict rules about film making, severely limiting production. Alejandro circumvented the restrictions by shooting the script as short films, which became ‘chapters’ in the final film. He also engaged in guerrilla production tactics, most notably using an abandoned Hollywood film set they stumbled upon in the Mexican desert and converting it for the final act.
This stunning and vibrant 4K restoration, from the original IP, is presented in 1:33 as it was presented in theaters in 1970, but is also available for the first time in 1:85 widescreen, overseen by Mr. Jodorowsky, who originally envisioned El Topo as a widescreen presentation in homage to Sergio Leone. Click here to watch the film’s trailer!
Mess Hall Market is a world-class chef-driven market food hall, offering a wide assortment of food and beverage options. Immediately adjacent to the new Tustin Legacy Park, filled with walking trails & open space, Mess Hall also offers abundant parking, convenient access, and a truly one-of-a kind dining experience through 10 eclectic concepts.
WHAT TIME CAN I ARRIVE?
Gates open at 6PM! Please note that we cannot place any cars on-site prior to 6M. 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 MESS HALL AT FLIGHT IN TUSTIN?
Mess Hall at FLIGHT is located at 1705 Flight Way, Tustin, CA 92782. The screening will take place on the 4-level Parking Structure between Flight Way and Airship. Click here for map and directions.Please note that due to the venue being a multi-level parking structure, the clearance level for vehicles is 7’0″ (7 feet and 0 inches) so plan your ride accordingly!
HOW DO I REDEEM MY TICKET?
Upon purchase, your ticket will be emailed to you. 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!
CAN I BRING FOOD / SNACKS? AND WILL THERE BE FOOD FOR SALE?
YES to both! Your car is your screening room — so bring all your favorite screening room snacks! And grab a meal and a drink before the movie starts at one of Mess Hall Market’s fantastic restaurnts, which will be open until 8:00pm!
– Big Parm
We don’t imagine any of you would, but we have to ask that you don’t discard your trash out the window. (It’s happened…) That’d be a sure-fire way to ensure we’d never be welcome back — and we definitely want to come back to this venue! So please help us keep the grounds tidy!
WILL YOU HAVE RESTROOMS?
Restrooms will be available at Mess Hall Market. 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 put their tops down, but please mind your volume level so as to not distract cars around you, as they may hear the audio form your car with a slight delay.
– 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. Please let our parking attendant know if you intent to raise your hatch.
– 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. Please note: The clearance level for the parking structure is 7’0″ (7 feet and 0 inches). If your vehicle is taller than this, you will not be able to enter the parking structure.
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