Thursday, April 11, 2013

Downtown LA's Movie-Going Bonanza Continues. Devil's Drive-In Theater to Re-Open at City Market in the Fashion District

One of the best qualities of the newly revitalized - and rapidly growing - Downtown Los Angeles is that we still take care of our own.  So even while we celebrated yesterday the addition of eight motion picture screens at 4th and Main - we were still also mourning for the about to be lost Devil's Drive-in Theater at 4th and Spring.  Or, at least we were.  As reported first in Catherine Green's blog post over at Los Angeles Magazine -
Fans of the DTLA outdoor movie experience can breathe a sigh of relief. Just days after their"farewell" screening this past Saturday, the folks behind Electric Dusk Drive-Inannounced they'd found a new spot to project larger-than-life flicks.
Up-and-coming City Market in the Fashion District, located a mile or so from EDDI's previous digs, will become the new venue for downtown's only drive-in theater. 
A screening of Goodfellas marks the official grand re-opening April 27. Get your ticketshere
(Luis Sinco, Los Angeles Times / April 9, 2013)
Then LA Times real estate reporter, Roger Vincent, elaborates on the Devil's Drive-in's new home:
Just last month it looked like curtains for the young business when its landlord on Broadway announced that it was time for tenants to leave so that the building could be demolished. Stories about the theater's plight in The Times and local blogs brought relocation offers from local property owners, said Eric Heusinger, co-owner of Electric Dusk.
"I wanted to preserve that activity for the community," the drive-in's new landlord, Peter Fleming, said. "It would be dreadful to lose that."

Fleming is president of City Market, an ambitious 3.3-million-square-foot development that would include a college, hotel, offices and apartments. It could cost as much as $1 billion and rise on 10 acres roughly between San Julian, San Pedro, 9th and 12th streets.
 But construction is at least two years away, Fleming said. Until then and perhaps long beyond, theater-goers will have a ground-level view of the downtown skyline behind the big screen on the City Market campus, Fleming said. First to be screened will be the 1990 gangster flick "Goodfellas" on April 27.

And the rest of that story is at the LA Times.

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