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2 theater chains cancel 'Electric Daisy' showings after violence

July 29, 2011 |  6:18 pm

Electric daisy film premiere disturbance Two major theater chains have decided not show the documentary film "Electric Daisy Carnival Experience" in the wake of a near-riot outside the premiere of the movie in Hollywood earlier this week.

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.

PHOTOS: Rowdy crowd at Electric Daisy Carnival screening

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.

The movie is based on the Electric Daisy Carnival, an all-night dancing party, or rave, featuring electronic music that has been held for 15 years across the country. Its biggest event had long been held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, but that came to a close in 2010 after a 15-year-old girl overdosed on Ecstasy, fell into a coma and died.

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."

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-- Andrew Blankstein

twitter.com/anblanx

Photo: Police in riot gear respond to the disturbance outside the "Electric Daisy" film premiere.

Credit: Jay Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

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