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SCENE SELECTIONS EPISODE 13: Nightmare on 4th Street LIVE!
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Recorded LIVE at the Frida’s Nightmare On 4th Street Marathon on 6/5/21, Anthony & Miquela talk to fans about their favorite scenes from Nightmare On Elm Street film franchise.
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462 DONORS + 50 DEDICATED FRIDA CINEMA FANS + 8 BACK-TO-BACK HORROR CLASSICS = $25,760 RAISED FOR THE FRIDA!
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Thank you to everyone who made June 5th's A Nightmare on Fourth Street Reopening Marathon Fundraiser such an incredible success!
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SCENE SELECTIONS EPSIODE 12: Twilight Revue LIVE
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Recorded LIVE at the Frida Cinema’s Breaking Dawn double feature on 5/28/21, Anthony & Miquela discuss the Twilight Saga with volunteers from the audience. 
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CELEBRATE THE GREAT CLARANCE WILLIAMS III WITH A SPECIAL SCREENING OF 1995'S TALES FROM THE HOOD -- FRIDAY, JUNE 25TH!
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Celebrate the life and career of the late, great Clarence Williams III with a special screening of director Rusty Cundieff's 1995 horror anthology classic Tales from the Hood, featuring an iconic performance by the late, great performer.
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DONATE TO THE FRIDA CINEMA'S REOPENING CAMPAIGN!
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The Frida Cinema is reopening — and we need your help!!
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SCENE SELECTIONS EPISODE 11: The "Style" of Quentin Tarantino
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This week, hosts Anthony and Miquela are joined by Frida blog writers Bradley Burke and Justina Bonilla to examine the sartorial design of Quentin Tarantino’s cinema.
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BIG SCREEN REWIND
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Join us this June for our Big Screen Rewind series, highlighting great movies of the past year that were denied a proper theatrical experience by the COVID pandemic.
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Tools 4 Schools Backpack Drive
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Join the Frida Cinema in helping Tools 4 Schools gather backpacks and school supplies for kids in Santa Ana and neighboring communities!
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PUNK THE CAPITAL - Screenings + Q&A's
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Relive the early days of punk with Punk the Capital: Building a Sound Movement, a dynamic portrait of the DC punk scene and philosophy. A documentary tracing the birth of punk rock in Washington D.C. (1976-1983). Featuring Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Void, Rites of Spring, and more, with interviews from Henry Rollins, Ian MacKaye, H.R., Jello Biafra, Joe Keithley, and many others.
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AAPI HERITAGE MONTH SERIES: CELEBRATING ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH
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Throughout the month of May, The Frida Cinema is proud to present our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month Film Series, a curated collection of films recognizing the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.
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SCENE SELECTIONS EPISODE 10: LIVE Q&A w/ Dr. Maja Gutman, Until The End Of The World
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In partnership with the SCIENCE ON SCREEN initiative, the Frida Cinema is proud to host Dr. Maja Gutman, Ph.D and Professor Atalia Lopez for a live Q&A presentation following Wim Wenders’ monstrous 287-minute cut of Until The End Of The World (1991).
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SCENE SELECTIONS EPISODE 9: ANIMATION SPECIAL
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On this goofy edition of Scene Selections, Anthony & Miquela are joined by animation fan Isa Bulnes-Shaw to discuss great scenes of animation in the last century.
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CinemaSafe Guidelines for Reopening
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WE'RE BACK! The Frida Cinema's doors have reopened, and our screens once again lit with great cinema! For the safety of our guests, volunteers, and staff, we are following local, state, and federal guidelines, as well as the National Association of Theatre Owners' CinemaSafe guidlines, which are recommendations of health experts to address the specific environment of movie theaters. We look forward to seeing you at the movies! CinemaSafe Health & Safety Guidelines Masks Required All guests, employees, and volunteers must wear a face covering or mask inside our lobby and auditoriums.  Guests will be allowed to lower their masks once in their auditorium seats, and only when taking a bite or a drink.  Patrons must wear a face covering at all times, except as noted by the CDC and herein. Those who are unwilling to wear a face covering will be denied entry. Social Distancing Appropriate physical distancing must
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SCENE SELECTIONS EPISODE 8: OSCARS 2021 SPECIAL!
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In this episode, co-hosts Anthony McKelroy & Miquela Davis tune in to the 93rd Annual Academy Awards and offer their commentary as they watch the show LIVE.
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Feliz an American Play at the Drive-in - April 17th
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In partnership with The Wayward Artist, Feliz—an American play by playwright Michael J. Mejia premiers as a drive-in experience.  Awarded a Santa Ana Arts Grant, this streamed zoom performance brings the Latinx experience to the virtual stage.  Directed by LA-based director, Rosa Lisbeth Navarrete, the story follows a Mexican-American family living in Bakersfield.  Crippled by secrets of addiction, desire, and identity, the family must face the truth all are avoiding.  In a world of magical realism, the trumpets of the apocalypse have been sounded!
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WE'RE BACK!  The Frida Cinema invites you to join us April 20th -- at the cinema! -- for a special screening of DAZED AND CONFUSED!
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On Tuesday, April 20th, The Frida Cinema invites you to join us for a classic that invites you to flash back to a time when...well, you could watch a classic movie at The Frida Cinema! For our first screening in over a year at The Frida, we're joining art house cinemas around the world in partnering with our colleagues at Alamo Drafthouse to present a special screening of Richard Linklater's DAZED AND CONFUSED -- followed by a screening of a brand new Cast Reunion that the Alamo Draftouse will be conducting and sharing with participating theaters! 
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WW84 - Drive-In at Mess Hall Market
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Join us for a drive-in screening of Wonder Woman 1984 on Thursday, April 8th at Tustin's Mess Hall Market. Presented by NAIOP. Use Promo Code: FRIDACINEMA for $35 tickets.
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SCENE SELECTIONS EPISODE 7: APRIL FOOLS
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For April Fools’ Day, co-hosts Anthony McKelroy & Miquela Davis are joined by esteemed Frida Blog Writer Isa Bulnes-Shaw to look at great scenes of comedy in cinema.
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KINO! Germany Now!
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We're very excited to partner with KINO! Germany NOW! to present a handpicked selection of Germany’s most promising narrative and documentary films that premiered within the last year, many of them directed by women.
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SCENE SELECTIONS EPISODE 6: CINEMATIC RIVALRIES
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Co-Hosts Anthony McKelroy & Miquela Davis look at great scenes of rivalry, and meetings of characters that were destined to face-off.
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ONE YEAR...
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The Frida Cinema looks back at the day we shut down our machines, changed our marquees, and locked our doors -- March 14th, 2020.
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SCENE SELECTIONS EPISODE 5: WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE
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Co-Hosts Anthony McKelroy & Miquela Davis discuss their favorite scenes all about language.
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SCENE SELECTIONS EPISODE 4: GOLDEN GLOBES 2021 SPECIAL
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In this episode, co-hosts Anthony McKelroy & Miquela Davis tune in to the 2021 Golden Globes Awards and offer their commentary as they watch the show LIVE.
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SCENE SELECTIONS EPISODE 3: TIM BURTON - LIVE ACTION PAINTER
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Hosts Anthony McKelroy & Miquela Davis are joined by Frida Blog writers Isa Bulnes-Shaw & Bradley Burke to discuss the signature style of Tim Burton’s live-action cinema.
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M.C. Escher: Journey to Infinity - EXTENDED UNTIL MARCH 11TH!
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M.C. Escher: Journey To Infinity is the story of world famous Dutch graphic artist M.C Escher (1898-1972). Extended in our Streaming Cinema!
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HAPPY 7TH BIRTHDAY, FRIDA CINEMA!
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Thank you for seven years! Because of your support, we are able to ring in Year Eight with two of the greatest gifts we can hope for -- a profound sense of accomplishment, and a sense of tremendous hope for the coming year.
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SCENE SELECTIONS EPISODE 2: M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN - NARRATIVE ARCHITECT
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Hosts Anthony McKelroy & Miquela Davis are joined by Frida Blog writer Austin Jaye and Frida Film Programmer Trevor Dillon to discuss the narrative choices in M. Night Shyamalan’s cinema.
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‘WTF WEDNESDAYS’ SERIES ‘EPISODE 6: REUNION w/ Isa Bulnes-Shaw!
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On Episode 6, Trevor invites Frida Cinema blogger/grant writer/superstar volunteer Isa Bulnes-Shaw to discuss Jake Mahaff's 2020 Gothic Horror film REUNION!
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#BLM: BLACK HISTORY MONTH STREAMING CINEMA COLLECTION
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To celebrate Black History Month, The Frida Cinema curated a collection of fifteen films spanning over 100 years of cinematic storytelling.
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TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR WILLY'S WONDERLAND + PSYCHO GOREMAN DOUBLE FEATURE!
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Join us on Thursday, February 18th at 7:00pm at Tustin’s Mess Hall Market for a horror-comedy double feature of Willy’s Wonderland + Psycho Goreman!
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Scene Selections Episode 1: David Lynch - America's Weatherman
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The Frida Cinema is proud to present the first episode of Scene Selections, our first podcast about all things cinema. Hosts Anthony McKelroy & Miquela Davis are joined by Frida Blog writer Austin Jaye to discuss the weather and atmospheres of David Lynch's films.
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TONIGHT'S (1/28) MEMBER'S ONLY SCREENING OF THE GRADUATE IS POSTPONED!
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Hello! Trevor here. I regret to inform you that tonight's (1/28/21) Member's Only screening of THE GRADUATE is postponed to a later date, Thursday, February 4th at 7:30pm.
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‘WTF WEDNESDAYS’ SERIES ‘EPISODE 5: EYES WITHOUT A FACE,’ FEATURING FRIDA WRITERS JUSTINA BONILLA AND AUSTIN JAYE
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For our fifth installment, Trevor delves into the Writer's Room and discusses Eyes Without a Face with Frida Writers Justina Bonilla and Austin Jaye!
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THE BROAD STAGE PRESENTS DANCE CAMERA WEST DRIVE-IN - JANUARY 30-31
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Celebrate the energy, vitality and passion of dance in the age of social distancing – at the Drive-In! The Broad Stage presents Dance Camera West in Santa Monica on January 30th and 31st!
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WATCH AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY "76 DAYS" TODAY, JANUARY 23RD -- THE FRIDA CINEMA WILL RECEIVE $5 FOR EVERY FREE RENTAL!
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MTV Documentary Films commemorates the one year anniversary of the world's first COVID-19 lockdown in Wuhan, China by offering audiences an opportunity to experience award-winning documentary 76 DAYS for free this Saturday, January 23rd -- and will donate $5 to The Frida Cinema for every rental.
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TONIGHT'S (1/19) SCREENING OF REPO MAN POSTPONED
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Tonight’s (1/19) screening of REPO MAN has been postponed until Friday, February 5th due to a high wind advisory sweeping the Orange County area.
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'WTF WEDNESDAYS' SERIES 'EPISODE 4: CLIMATE OF THE HUNTER,' FEATURING FRIDA WRITER ANTHONY MCKELROY
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"A lovely adult melodrama about loneliness and the desire to connect and share our lives with someone," but... Vampire? Join Trevor Dillon and Frida Blog Writer Anthony McKelroy this Tuesday as they tackle Climate of the Hunter on the next edition of WTF WEDNESDAYS!
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HAPPY NEW YEAR! THE FRIDA LOOKS BACK AT 2020
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We are proud to announce that in 2020 our organization presented 83 drive-in events, for approximately 17,716 guests. And we provided you with 161 diverse titles on our streaming platform. We thank the many wonderful host venues and film distributors who partnered with us to make this possible, and we thank every one of you who purchased a ticket, rented a film, made a donation, shared a social media post, or simply told their friends about our organization and events. Thank you!
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WATCH 'IDENTIFYING FEATURES' BEGINNING JANUARY 22ND -- WINNER OF TODAY'S IFP GOTHAM AWARD FOR BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE!
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On Friday, January 22nd, we are proud to welcome writer-director's Fernanda Valadez' acclaimed new film Identifying Features (Sin señas particulares) to our catalog of streaming on-demand titles -- recognized today by IFP Gotham Awards as 2020's Best International Feature Film! "A confident, accomplished and distinctive feature directorial debut.” – Dennis Harvey, Variety “Speaks volumes of the boundaries of the human heart and of the undeniable qualities of this director, who should be watched with interest.” – Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa “Combines stunning cinematography, evocative sound design and hints of magical realism to create a visionary work of devastating power." – Anjana Janardhan, Sight & Sound “A vivid, sun-scorched portrait of a country in crisis.” – Alex Saleviev, Film Threat “Speaks volumes of the boundaries of the human heart.” – Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa “On every level, this is impressively accomplished cinema.” – Wendy Ide, Screen Daily "Poignant. A moving familial love story.
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EXPERIENCE 'WOLFWALKERS' ON THE BIG SCREEN THIS SATURDAY, JANUARY 9TH -- OSCAR'S TOP CONTENDER FOR BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM!
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Join us at the baseball diamond at Anaheim's Zion Lutheran Church & School this Saturday, January 9th as we present one of the most acclaimed animated films of recent years, Wolfwalkers! Widely considered to be a front-runner for this year's Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, receiving stronger reviews than even Pixar's two 2020 entries, Wolfwalkers has already taken home awards from AFI Fest 2020 (Narrative Feature, Audience Award); Boston Online Film Critics Association (Best Animated Film); Chicago Film Critics Association (Best Animated Film); Greater Western New York Film Critics Association (Best Animated Film); Los Angeles Film Critics Association (Best Animated Film); and New York Film Critics Circle (Best Animated Film)!
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'WTF WEDNESDAYS' VIDEO SERIES CONTINUES WITH TREVOR AND JORDAN'S TAKE ON 'JACK FROST!'
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What's better than experiencing American Genre Film Archive and Vinegar Syndrome's new restoration of 1997 shlock horror film Jack Frost?  Watching The Frida Cinema's Trevor Dillon and Jordan Djahangiri's brains melt as they try to wrap their minds around it!
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TUESDAY WEATHER FORECAST: CLEAR SKIES AND MANDY!
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This Tuesday's (12/29) screening of Panos Cosmatos' 2019 midnight horror film Mandy will go on at Tustin's Mess Hall Market!
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CULT HORROR CLASSICS!   5 REMASTERED GEMS FROM AGFA ARE NOW STREAMING AT OUR EVENTIVE CHANNNEL!
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5 Brand New Cult Horror Classics from AGFA are streaming on our Eventive channel until Thursday, December 31st! Tickets are 6.50 per film!
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‘WTF WEDNESDAYS’ SERIES ‘EPISODE 2: MINOR PREMISE,’ FEATURING GUEST HOST/FRIDA VOLUNTEER ADAM WAGNER!
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Programmer Trevor Dillon returns with Episode 2 of his 'WTF WEDNESDAYS' series, tackling Director Eric Schultz's 2020 sci-fi thriller, Minor Premise. In this episode, he's joined by longtime Frida Volunteer and Palme d'Or connoisseur Adam Wagner!
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VISIT OUR NEW EVENTIVE STREAMING CINEMA CHANNEL -- AND DOWNLOAD THE EVENTIVE APP TO WATCH GREAT INDIE CINEMA ON YOUR SMART TV & DEVICES!
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Learn more about The Frida Cinema's new Eventive channel, currently hosting fourteen diverse independent and foreign films! Download the Eventive app to watch on your Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, and your Smart TV's!
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALLEN MOON!
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The Frida Cinema wishes a very Happy Birthday to our dedicated Board President, Allen Moon!
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'WTF WEDNESDAYS' SERIES LAUNCHES WITH 'EPISODE 1: THE PIT,' FEATURING GUEST HOST MIGUEL RODRIGUEZ!
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Check out the first episode of WTF WEDNESDAYS, a new series hosted by our very own Trevor Dillon, where he and Special Guest Star Miguel Rodriguez discuss 1981 Canadian horror flick THE PIT!
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CONGRATS TO MARTIN W. & KATIE M., WINNERS OF OUR "BATMAN RETURNS" DRIVE-IN SCREENING TICKETS!
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WATCHMEN wins out as we ask: What's your favorite cinematic comic book/graphic novel adaptation?
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TONIGHT'S DRIVE-IN PRESENTATION OF "THE SHINING" IS SOLD OUT
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Tonight's 40th Anniversary presentation of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining is at capacity! Visit thefridacinema.org/drive-in for an updated list of upcoming Drive-In events!
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EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, GREMLINS, & DIE HARD LEAD NEW ADDITIONS TO OUR DECEMBER DRIVE-IN LINEUP!
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Oh, the weather outside is frightful...but it's always cozy in your car!  We are excited to announce that our Pop-Up Drive-In series will continue in December -- including three classic titles that have become annual Frida Cinema Christmas-season staples!
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CURFEW: EARLIER DRIVE-IN START TIMES, "THE LORD OF THE RINGS" POSTPONED
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In order to comply with the California Stay at Home curfew, please note that all upcoming Drive-Ins have been moved the an earlier start time of 7PM.  The only exception is our The Lord of the Rings trilogy weekend, which we are postponing altogether to early 2021.
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OUR DOORS MAY BE CLOSED, BUT OUR SCREENINGS CONTINUE THROUGH STREAMING AND DRIVE-IN CINEMA!
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Although our doors may be closed, we are continuing to meet our mission by offering you new art house releases via our Streaming Cinema, as well as Drive-In screenings where you can enjoy great films from the comfort and safety of your cars. Please stay safe out there!
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