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Unique LA puts on costumed movie nights in the Arts District

By Hayley Fox
Published: Tuesday, August 07, 2012, at 10:09AM

In the unassuming Mosaic Arts Space, the founder of Unique LA is putting on a monthly series of film screenings.

From the creator of Unique L.A. -- the two-day shopping bazaar that features locally made goods and independent artists -- comes a series of DTLA movie screenings that include trivia, encourage costumes and give viewers a chance to relive a few cultish classics.

All the films featured in the monthly event take place "in-and-around the City of Angels," according to organizers. The five-month movie event begins Friday, August 24 with "Boogie Nights." This star-studded flick about the adult film industry features Heather Graham, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly and a young Mark Wahlberg; who, according to Unique, transformed from "rapper/Calvin Klein underwear model Markie Mark" to the actor we know today.

Tickets bought online cost $8. If purchased at the door, they cost $10. The film series is organized by Sonja Rasula, the founder of Unique L.A., along with her film editor sister Hilda. Rasula created Unique in 2008 and according to her, more than 20,000 people now come to the two-day shopping event at the California Market Center in Downtown.

This year's event was held in May and included approximately 325 independent vendors selling U.S.-made products including clothing and jewelry, home decor, pet products, craft goods and more.

Next month, Rasula's film series Unique Movie Nights will screen the Girl Scout classic comedy, "Troop Beverly Hills," and viewers are encouraged to wear their best "1989-era Beverly Hills-inspired" garb for the costume contest.

In October The Dude abides with "The Big Lebowski," November brings "Quinceanera" filmed all over Echo Park, and in the spirit of Christmas, December's film is the Quentin Tarantino hit, "Pulp Fiction."

Doors open at 8 p.m. and movies start at 8:30 at Unique's headquarters on Seaton Street.

This isn't the first time Unique L.A. has ventured into the world of film screenings either. Earlier this year at the Echo Park nightclub the Echoplex, LAist reports that the Rasula sisters hosted a Monday movie night that showed L.A.-centric films including "Clueless," "Kiss me Deadly" and "Chinatown."

Unique's headquarters are located at 440 Seaton Street in DTLA

When this story originally published the screenings were being held at the Mosaic Arts Space. The location has since changed to Unique's headquarters.


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