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LA’s Longest Running Pop-Up Drive-In Returns To SoCal For Its 9th Season

Ashlyn Davis Ashlyn Davis

LA’s Longest Running Pop-Up Drive-In Returns To SoCal For Its 9th Season

Ride into the sweet nostalgia of yesteryear with drive-in movies in the heart of Glendale.

Electric Dusk Drive-In has partnered up with Secret Movie Club to bring Angelenos their ninth season of unforgettable al fresco drive-in experiences. You know you’re in for an enchanting ride when the longest running pop-up drive-in cinema marries their nostalgic flair with a whole new slate of fan-favorite movies. 

Drive-in cinemas have experienced a bit of a renaissance during the pandemic as people seek out safe avenues of entertainment while escaping into the magic of a bygone era. Electric Dusk’s general manager Ralph Matamoros is no stranger to creating just that. After hosting about a hundred drive-in events from August to December—including screenings for independent moviemakers, local schools, churches and private events—the team is back and more committed to providing a safe outlet for families to come and enjoy their favorite flicks. 

“Serving up smiles, laughter and new memories to our guests and families in a safe Covid compliant manner is what we strive for,” says Matamoros. 

Electric Dusk’s unique cinematic screenings couldn’t have found a better collaborator than the Secret Movie Club. The founder and programmer Craig Hammill brings his expertise as a filmmaker himself and years of experience as a movie programmer. 

It started with a midnight screening of Steven Spielberg’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark” on 35mm film at the classic single screen Vista Theater in April 2016. It has since grown into a program of sixteen movies a month at various venues across the city, cultivating a community of film lovers and filmmakers. 

Starting Thursday, February 4, in the heart of Glendale the team starts their Valentine’s genre-spanning movies on a giant inflatable screen. The series kicks off with cult masterpieces like “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and heads into the month with timeless classics like “Casablanca” & “When Harry Met Sally” over Valentine’s Weekend. We’re already eyeing out tickets for tearjerkers like “The Notebook” and rehearsing all the iconic lines in “10 Things I Hate About You.”

Of course, you’ll need a car with an FM radio to attend, with gates opening at around 6:15 pm (depending on the screening), so if you get there early, you could snag a front-row “seat.” 

Early Bird Single Feature tickets will cost $23 ($15 per car + $8 first person’s ticket), and Double Feature Main Ticket will cost $37 ($25 per car+ $12 first person’s ticket). There’ll also be options to add on exclusive movie posters designed by local artists. 

Location: Glendale Sears Parking Lot, 211 W. California Avenue Street, Glendale, CA 91203

Grab your fellow film lovers, book your tickets and ride into a bygone era of movie magic! 

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