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The insider’s view of Downtown’s culture, food, drinks, and the people who shape it.


Electric Dusk Drive-In

Electric Dusk Drive-In

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Everyday in the life of your car seems the same. Mornings, your car trundles down the freeway until it deposits you at your desired location, where it waits for hours in a parking garage, or bakes at the edge of a grimy curb, and traffic breathes its hot, foul breath right in your car’s face until you return. Your car endures this, day after day, only to make the same tedious, idling crawl back home. Your car wishes you would take it somewhere nice for once. One place in particular comes to mind: the Electric Dusk Drive-in Theater.

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Your car could sit with all the other cars, watch a movie on the pop up-screen, maybe a classic like The Princess Bride or The Big Lebowski, something you could watch a hundred times, the skyline glinting behind like a postcard. From here, LA almost seems like a different city. For once, even in downtown, your car could find a moment of solace.

You would have a really great time too, your car wants you to know. Tickets routinely sell out, so you’d hardly be alone. There are regulars who come to nearly every show, there are couples who haven’t been to a drive-in in twenty years, there are friends sitting on their tailgates. If you brought a six pack and they brought some popcorn, you could all share.

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There’s even a patch of Astroturf in front of the screen if you wanted to pack a blanket and a lawn chair. And there’s a snack shack, where you could get candy, drinks, fresh baked goods from Golden Bear, sandwiches and barbecue made on the spot (there’s a real grill!). It’s different from the other drive-ins.

Listen, it’s easy. You buy your tickets online — plan to get car tickets early, and lawn tickets a few days in advance. Then you go to the big lot on the south side of San Julian St, you tune into the audio on your car radio, or sit close to the speakers up front, and that’s it. There’s an intermission, so you and your car can mingle.

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Man, this is a business your car could really get behind. It’s owned by husband-and-husband team, Eric and Darryl Heusinger, and staffed by a group of dedicated employees who have been with the drive-in since the start. And it speaks to the character of downtown — it’s indestructible. After Electric Dusk’s previous rooftop location got demolished, it relocated to the quiet, open lot in the City Market. It’s is a pop-up drive in, so even in the evolving landscape of downtown, it can go just about anywhere. Even your own backyard, if you wanted (ask them about their private events!).

Otherwise, there are showings two to three times a month. This month, catch E.T. (July 13th) and Clue (July 18th). Really, it would be good for both of you.

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Written by:
Rayna Jensen
Photographed by:
Christian Thomas

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