Ava DuVernay’s Array Alliance Announces Free Drive-In Screenings

Ava DuVernay at the 10th Annual Governors Awards (Credit: Deposit Photos/Jean Nelson)

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay is bringing a free and safe cinematic experience to Los Angeles through her Array Alliance.

As an innovative way to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, DuVernay’s non-profit cinema and social justice organization will host a free two-night community cinema pop-up showing films centered on musicians Prince and Selena.

The event will be held in downtown Los Angeles at LA Center Studios on Friday, Aug. 14 and Saturday, Aug. 15.  With the downtown skyline and the sunset as a backdrop, the organization will present Selena and Purple Rain on a 40-foot screen with in-car accessible audio.

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Selena, which stars Jennifer Lopez and celebrates the life and tragic death of singer Selena Quintanilla, will screen on Friday, Aug. 14. Purple Rain, which marked Prince’s big-screen debut, will be featured on Saturday, Aug. 15.

“At Array’s core, we produce, distribute, exhibit, and amplify images by Black artists, people of color, and women of all kinds,” Array’s Director of Programming Mercedes Cooper said in a statement. “While the Amanda Cinema at our Array Creative Campus is closed for safety, along with all theaters in LA, it was important for us with this event to continue our mission of offering free film screenings in communities that are underserved.”

The Array Drive-In is presented by Lyft, and will adhere to Los Angeles County social distancing and health safety guidelines.

Admission to both screenings is free with advance registration on the Array Now website.