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Devil's Night Drive-In sold; will reopen as Electric Dusk starting next week

By Hayley Fox
Published: Monday, October 15, 2012, at 10:45AM
Flickr via David Jones

Coming soon to a rooftop near you; Electric Dusk takes over the rooftop previously used by Devil's Night Drive-In.

A new drive-in movie theater in Downtown L.A. will debut next week on the rooftop of a 4th Street parking garage. The Electric Dusk Drive-In will kick off its DTLA venture with a Halloween costume ball and screening of the 1985 murder mystery, 'Clue.'

This same location between Broadway and Spring Street was previously used by Devil's Night Drive-In, which sold their business to Electric Dusk and closed down last month. New owners Eric Heusinger and Darryl Semira were selected to take the reigns from a pool of possible purchasers.

While the basic set-up of Electric Dusk may be similar to its predecessor, Heusinger said their business will have "a lot more emphasis on service" -- offering hot beverages and a wider array of food options. Each moviegoer will be given a fill-in menu when they arrive at the event and can place their order through roving carhops.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the drive-in will show a mix of current, classic and cult films on a 24 by 18 foot screen. Heusinger said the space fits about 90 cars, but there's plenty of room for sitting on the Astroturf lawn in front of the stage. Motorists can listen to the films through their car radios and there will also be speakers set up in front for everyone else.

Tickets cost $10 online and $13 at the door. The company has already been giving away free tickets for the first screening via their Twitter account.

Because they'll be showing 'Clue' the weekend before Halloween, the owners are encouraging people to come in costume and promise "loads of giveaways" and "thank-you freebies" for the inaugural event. The next screening on the calendar for Electric Dusk is "Westside Story," showing on November 10.

Heusinger said they will show one to two movies a month, on either Saturdays or Sundays. Film showings will start at dusk but the rooftop will open 90 minutes before the screening to encourage people to come early and socialize in the space. The owners say they hope to make the drive-in more of an event and hang-out space, by incorporating trivia games, giveaways and other group activities into the evening screenings.

The drive-in is located at 240 W. 4th Street.

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