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Frida Cinema hosting drive-in series of horror and cult classics with Tustin’s Mess Hall

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Frida Cinema, the Santa Ana-based independent movie house, has teamed up with Tustin’s Mess Hall, a new chef-driven food market, to present cult and horror classics drive-in style every Tuesday night starting Aug. 18.

The series kicks off with Richard Kelly’s psychological thriller “Donnie Darko” starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Screenings start 8 p.m. on the fourth level of the parking structure between Flight Way and Airship adjacent to Mess Hall at Flight, 1705 Flight Way, in Tustin.

Tickets are $25 and need to be purchased in advance. Sound will be broadcast through a designated FM radio station and patrons are allowed to bring their own movie snacks.

Guests can begin parking for the screening at 6 p.m. and head over to the Mess Hall for eats at The Sandwich Society, Big Parm, Slapfish, The Lost Bean, The Little Greek or Vaka Burger. Masks are required whenever guests leave their vehicles.

When the coronavirus pandemic shut down theaters, The Frida Cinema pivoted to outdoor movie screenings including an evening at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton and a series at Zion Lutheran School in Anaheim. They’re also hosting a double-feature in the desert with Alejandro Jodorowsky’s documentary “Psychomagic, A Healing Art” and psychedelic western, “El Topo” on Aug. 21 and Jodorowsky’s documentary along with “The Holy Mountain” on Aug. 22 at Joshua Tree Lake Campground.

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