It’s showtime for Silver Lake’s polka dot plaza

Filmmakers Nicholas Robbins and Taylor Maxwell of Silver Lake watched earlier this year as a section of Griffith Park Boulevard in front of their favorite cafe was closed off and transformed into Sunset Triangle Plaza, a traffic-free street painted with a field of polka dots. On Wednesday night, July 11, Robbins and Maxwell will turn the plaza of polka dots into an outdoor movie house designed to interest the public in short and independent productions. The Silver Lake Picture Show will feature a crowd-pleasing Hollywood film – the free series kicks off with” Who Framed Roger Rabbit” – that will be preceded by a short indie film, said Robbins. The idea is to expose an audience that might shy away from a short or non-mainstream movies.

“Short films have often become the calling card of filmmakers looking for opportunities to make feature films,” Robbins said in an email. “However, the thousands of hours and dollars, and the creativity and soul put into these short films are often never seen by the public, outside of film festivals. The Silver Lake Picture Show has only reached the tip of the iceberg in this regard.”

Robbins said the title of the short film will be revealed on the night of the event, which will be held every other Wednesday night through early October. “We have every intention to have every short filmmaker attend our event and introduce our short feature.” Robbins said.

The movies begin at sundown. Admission is free but guests are asked to bring their own seating. Here’s the summer line up:

July 11
Who Framed Roger Rabbit

July 25
LA Confidential

August 8
A Better Life

August 22
Earth Girls Are Easy

September 5
The Graduate

September 19

October 3

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  1. This sounds fun.
    Can’t wait to see what people dream up to get angry about.

  2. It does sound like fun! I am trying to think of something to complain about, but really can’t. Was going to say something about gentrification, but forgot what it was.

  3. I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way…

  4. This is really really great.

  5. Another excellent use of the space…a follow up to the initial objections to closing off the triangle: screw you, angry driver if you can’t cut down that street any more! Ride your bike more often you lazy elitist sod! Take a WALK for once. Andddd scene.

  6. Nice event. But to be honest, not the best location for it. It will be competing with the street lights for people trying to see it, and it will be competing with the traffic noise for people trying to hear it. This would have been a LOT better a block and a half down at Bellevue Park.

    Come to think of it, I hope it is not facing drivers so it doesn’t distract them and cause an accident.

    • Just chill out. Why even comment if you have nothing nice to say? It’s almost like you’re perpetuating a cliche. Bellevue Park on the complete opposite side of the hill, so before you start complaining, why don’t you look at a map of the hood.

    • Those are kind of ignorant responses. His comment actually raised a couple good points. He’s right that Bellevue Park would avoid both traffic noise and street lights interfering. Why do you respond so nasty to such a comment? Bellevue Park is a nice neighborhood park.

    • Yeah, but they are screening favorites that don’t exactly require the greatest attention span.

  7. If you can’t walk or ride a bike, please don’t come. Parking is horrible and we just don’t need more vehicles competing for nonexistent space. Thanks for understanding.

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