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Electric Daisy Carnival Experience Rave Documentary Screenings Cancelled by AMC Following Hollywood & Highland Near-Riot

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Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 5:10 PM

click to enlarge Crowds outside EDC 'Experience.' - CURIOUSJOSH
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  • Crowds outside EDC 'Experience.'
Updated at the bottom: Promoter Insomniac Events says Regal Movie Theaters also canceled, but notes that the show will go on at other venues. See our Electric Daisy Carnival Experience slideshows on the street action and party action. First posted at 4:31 p.m.

AMC Movie Theaters has dropped its one-night Aug. 4 screening of Electric Daisy Carnival Experience following a flash mob and near-riot outside its premier in Hollywood this week.

That, at least, is according to dance music artist Morgan Page, who tweeted today that that the chain "is sending refunds" to those who bought tickets in advance.

We have a call into AMC to confirm the news.

At least one other DJ tweeted that he received email confirmation that an Aug. 4 screening he bought tickets for was also canceled.

A mob of ravers -- cops say there were about 800 -- descended on Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue Wednesday after 6 p.m. when superstar DJ Kaskade tweeted that he would DJ a free "block party" there.

While he features prominently in the documentary about the controversial Electric Daisy Carnival Rave, the party's promoter claims Kaskade's appearance had nothing to do with the nearby screening that followed the record-spinner's stunt. (Some of our sources indicated his presence, at least, had been planned by the screening venue).

People blocked traffic and police moved in. Some threw bottles and rocks and at least one police car was damaged in a confrontation between ravers and cops. Then a standoff ensued as a smaller group of DJ fans congregated on Hollywood Boulevard. They ultimately dispersed after patient cops pulled out three trouble makers and arrested them.

Update: AMC gave this statement to the Weekly Friday afternoon:

The safety and security of our guests and associates at AMC is a top priority. Due to the incident in Los Angeles, we have decided to not show the Electric Daisy Carnival Event scheduled for August 4. Any guest who has purchased a ticket through Fandango.com or Movietickets.com will automatically receive a full refund without having to contact the theatre. Guests who've purchased tickets at the box office can receive a full refund by visiting the box office or calling the theatre directly.

Update No. 2: EDC promoter Insomniac Events this afternoon said that Regal Movie Theaters also backed out but says there will be plenty of other venues for screenings and that you can find out where they are at its website.

Although we are very disappointed that Regal and AMC theaters have abruptly decided not to show the "Electric Daisy Carnival Experience," we are excited that people will still have the opportunity to experience a film about one of the largest electronic music festivals in the world and the love and joy this music brings to our lives.

The promoter states its looking to find replacement venues for the theaters that canceled their screenings: "They were dancing in their seats at the premiere, and we want to give you the opportunity to do that too!"

More:

It is extremely disheartening that some theaters wrongly associated an unaffiliated "block party," and its disorderly crowd, with the private screening of the film. The individuals who caused problems outside of our movie premiere were not the same audience, which wants to buy tickets to the film, just as the same people that cause disturbances after a sporting event do not represent all fans of that team.

[@dennisjromero/djromero@laweekly.com]

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