2 theater chains cancel 'Electric Daisy' showings after violence
In canceling the showings, Regal and AMC theaters cited "the incident in Los Angeles." Violence erupted after a popular DJ known as Kaskade, who was attending the invitation-only premiere, tweeted about a block party.
The Los Angeles Police Department had to be called in when some fans became unruly, throwing rocks and bottles and eventually damaging three police cruisers. So far, three people have been arrested and authorities say more are expected when they are identified through video.
Wednesday's premiere of "Electric Daisy Carnival Experience" at Grauman's Chinese Theater was to be followed by a nationwide showing in theaters for only a single night -- Aug. 4 at 9 p.m. local time.
A spokeswoman for Insomniac Events Inc., which promoted the Electric Daisy Carnival, said Friday that the movie would still be shown in hundreds of theaters nationwide but expressed disappointment that Regal and AMC theaters canceled their showings based on a few troublemakers.
"It is extremely disheartening that some theaters wrongly associated an unaffiliated 'block party,' and its disorderly crowd, with the private screening of the film," a statement from Insomniac reads. "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."
-- Andrew Blankstein
Photo: Police in riot gear respond to the disturbance outside the "Electric Daisy" film premiere.
Credit: Jay Clendenin / Los Angeles Times