Wild Times

"I thought it would be a good picture of the way a lot of people think artists look." — John Schroeder in "Young Turks"

“I thought it would be a good picture of the way a lot of people think artists look.” — John Schroeder in “Young Turks”

The 1970s and early ’80s were a crazy time downtown. There were a lot of artists getting huge studios for next to nothing; punk rock was unleashed at Al’s Bar, Jacaranda’s Place and other unlikely venues around Little Tokyo, Broadway and the Market District; and art was where you found it — whether that meant Jon Peterson’s shelters in desolate corners of Skid Row or The Great and Glorious Rev. Rick, performance artist Richard Newton’s sidewalk preacher. “Young Turks,” a documentary shot during that time, brings those wild days back to life.

“Young Turks” is continuing its theatrical release at the Downtown Independent with another showing today (Wed., Feb. 27) at 3 p.m.

Thursday, the showtime is 3 p.m. Tickets
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Snapshot of L.A. Past

Diane Webb interviews Andy Wilf and John Schroeder upon their arrival at the Golden Turkey Awards in 1981.

Diane Webb interviews Andy Wilf and John Schroeder upon their arrival at the Golden Turkey Awards in 1981. (Photo by Steve Fritz)

“Young Turks” is continuing its theatrical release at the Downtown Independent with another showing today (Tues., Feb. 26) at 4:30 p.m. If you haven’t seen this fascinating documentary about downtown Los Angeles and the artists and others that lived there in the 1970s and ’80s, you really should.

Wednesday and Thursday, the showtimes are at 3 p.m. Tickets

Afternoon Delight

YT flyer front copyBeat the heat with a cold beer and a matinee of “Young Turks” in the air-conditioned MiniCine at the Downtown Independent. As always, Angel City brews are on tap, and the popcorn is hot and fresh.

Today (Monday, Feb. 25), the film starts at 4:30 p.m.

Tomorrow, there’s another screening at 4:30 p.m., then Wednesday and Thursday, the showtimes are at 3 p.m. Tickets

Richard Newton Speaks Out

Richard Newton in "Get Under the Table - Don't Look at the Windows," a performance staged at the El Dorado Hotel in 1980.

Richard Newton in “Get Under the Table – Don’t Look at the Windows,” a performance staged at the El Dorado Hotel in 1980.

In a new interview with performance artist Richard Newton, Carolina Gestri of  Reykjavik Boulevard asks about “Young Turks,” and his response is a fascinating explanation of the documentary and the reasons for making it.

Excerpt from Richard Newton: The Dark Side of the American Dream:

ExcerptYT flyer front copyThe theatrical run of “Young Turks” has ended, but news of DVD releases, festival appearances and other screenings will be posted here.

This Is It!

A film by Stephen Seemayer and Pamela WilsonToday is your last chance to see “Young Turks” at the Downtown Independent. After today, you will have to wait for the DVD release, which will be in April. Check back here for more information on DVDs.

Today (Thurs., Feb. 21), showtimes are 4:30pm and 6:30pm in the “MiniCine.” Tickets

Only Two Nights Left!

Theater at nightIf you haven’t had a chance to see “Young Turks” at the Downtown Independent — or if you have seen it and want to see it again — please try to make it either today or tomorrow. There are two showings each day in the theater’s new “MiniCine,” a comfortable, intimate 16-seat venue. You won’t regret making it to 251 S. Main St. for the show, some popcorn and perhaps a cold Angel City brew.

Today (Wed., Feb. 20), showtimes are 4:30pm and 6:30pm in the “MiniCine.” Tickets

Tomorrow, showtimes are as follows:
Thurs., Feb. 21: 4:30pm, 6:30pm

Presidents Day Special

T shirt saleIn keeping with retail tradition, limited edition Young Turks T-shirts are on sale today only. Regularly priced at $15 a piece, today only, T-shirts are $12 each or two for $20, plus free shipping.

PLUS Each T-shirt purchase includes a FREE Party Boys “Ultimate Collection” double CD.
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And remember, the movie is still playing at the Downtown Independent, so make sure you see it and spread the word before it’s too late.

Today (Mon., Feb. 18), showtimes are 4:30pm and 6:30pm in the theater’s intimate and comfortable “MiniCine.” Tickets

The rest of the week, showtimes are as follows:
Tues., Feb. 19: 4;30pm, 6:30pm
Weds., Feb. 20: 4:30pm, 6:30pm
Thurs., Feb. 21: 4:30pm, 6:30pm
 
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Two Shows Tonight

Sunday-BrunchAhh! It’s Sunday. The day for having brunch, visiting with friends, and going to the movies! Bring the friends you have brunch with to see “Young Turks” at the Downtown Independent, the only independent cinema in downtown Los Angeles.

Today (Sun., Feb. 17), showtimes are 5:30pm and 7:30pm in the theater’s intimate and comfortable “MiniCine.” Tickets

The rest of the week, showtimes are as follows:
Mon., Feb. 18: 4;30pm, 6:30pm
Tues., Feb. 19: 4;30pm, 6:30pm
Weds., Feb. 20: 4:30pm, 6:30pm
Thurs., Feb. 21: 4:30pm, 6:30pm

Time’s Running Out!

a_youngturksposterOnly six more days to see “Young Turks” at the Downtown Independent, the only independent cinema in downtown Los Angeles.

Today (Sat., Feb. 16), showtimes are 5:30pm and 7:30pm in the theater’s intimate and comfortable “MiniCine.” Tickets

The rest of the week, showtimes are as follows:
Sun., Feb. 17: 5:30pm, 7:30pm
Mon., Feb. 18: 4;30pm, 6:30pm
Tues., Feb. 19: 4;30pm, 6:30pm
Weds., Feb. 20: 4:30pm, 6:30pm
Thurs., Feb. 21: 4:30pm, 6:30pm

HELD OVER BY POPULAR DEMAND!!!

YT flyer front copyToday, “Young Turks” begins an encore week of screenings in the Downtown Independent‘s new “Mini-Cine,” a comfortable 16-seat screening room on the second floor. (As usual, you can take your beer to your seat.) Tickets

Today’s shows are at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.

The rest of the week’s shows are as follows:
Sat., Feb. 16: 5:30pm, 7:30pm
Sun., Feb. 17: 5:30pm, 7:30pm
Mon., Feb. 18: 4;30pm, 6:30pm
Tues., Feb. 19: 4;30pm, 6:30pm
Weds., Feb. 20: 4:30pm, 6:30pm
Thurs., Feb. 21: 4:30pm, 6:30pm