Philly Film — 20 July 2012 » Written by
Midnight Movies at the TLA

This one is all Philebrity, but to summarize, local DJ Robert Drake (best known around these parts as the host of International House’s 2009 screening of Urgh! A Music War) is presenting three midnight movie screenings at the Theatre of the Living Arts starting this month: Pink Flamingos (Saturday, July 28), Rocky Horror Picture Show (Saturday, August 4), and Mommie Dearest (Saturday, August 11).  And before you criticize the selections as lazy or uninspired, I’ve spoken to a countless number of people over the years who have fondly reminisced about seeing these very movies at the theater when it was at its height.  So it’s all good (and Drake commented on the Philebrity post that another oft-reminisced about film, Liquid Sky, may be in the cards for the future).  I worked at a TLA Video for six years and spent a great deal of my time staring at the old movie schedules for the theater that were plastered on the walls, they were just as good of a guide for what to watch as Criterion’s catalog.

And speaking of the TLA, did anyone go out to that The Lost Boys/something else double feature this past Friday?  Everyone we know was either at the Secret Cinema screening at Laurel Hill Cemetery or our very own David Lynch celebration at PhilaMOCA.  I’m curious to hear how it went, especially now that our city’s main outlet for quality cinema is in jeopardy (more on that next week…).  In fact, I don’t think I’ve stepped foot in the TLA since Cornelius played there six or seven years ago (UPDATE: I was actually there last year for OMD, yeeeah).

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Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He's served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.

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