Promoters say film shouldn't be blamed for “unaffiliated block party, and its disorderly crowd”
Regal and AMC theaters pulled its Friday screenings of the “Electric Daisy Carnival Experience” documentary because of rioting outside its Hollywood premiere Wednesday night.
The theaters blamed "the incident in Los Angeles" for the decision, the Los Angeles Times reports. The crowd gathered after L.A.-based DJ Kaskade tweeted about a block party.
Following its premiere, the film was to be released theatrically Aug. 4 for just one single 9 p.m. showing. In a statement on its website, Insomniac Events Inc., which promoted the film as well as the rave, said it will still be released.
"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 statement said. "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."
On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Police Department fired anti-riot bean bags into an unruly crowd after people jumped on police cars and threw rocks and bottles outside the Grauman’s Chinese Theater.
The Electric Daisy rave, the subject of the movie, raised alarms after a teenage girl died of a drug overdose at the June 2010 event, held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Exposition Park. The death prompted Los Angeles County to issue a moratorium on raves and limit attendance to those 18 and older.
LAPD officials told the Times they planned to use YouTube videos as evidence to support criminal prosecutions. Many videos have appeared online, including the one below: