Spotlights in the sky will mark the event when monsters, zombies and creatures wander the crowd as theatre7 owner Derek Stonebarger and the venue's programmer Chad Clinton Freeman throw a block party to celebrate art, film, music, Halloween and much more.
Whirlygig Inc. put official First Friday festivities on a hiatus two months ago, before selling the trademark, Internet presence, mailing lists and assets to Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, partner Fred Mossler, developer Andrew Donner, and marketer Joey Vanas. Friday's event will be the first under the new owners.
"This is the ninth anniversary of First Friday, and the celebration of a new First Friday," Stonebarger said. "We wanted to do something special to show our support. Las Vegas doesn't have a lot of celebrated history. So this is something we can really be proud of."
Located at 1406 South 3rd Street, Las Vegas, NV 89104, theatre7 is encouraging attendees to come dressed in costumes to trick or treat their block, which includes Neon Venus, 222 Imperial, Photo Bang Bang, Cob4lt Blu3, Snick's, Thai BBQ and Graficandus.
Starting at 6 p.m. and going until midnight, the event will feature an assortment of fun. There will be free blood spattered Retro Bakery cupcakes, cult and horror DVD giveaways, a classic car show organized by Sin City Royal Riders, a zombification station via Suzanne Lugano, artists showing off their work, and more.
"We got a red carpet walk with some special guests, a zombie walk and a concert featuring the great Vegas bands Rocket Blue, The Roxy Gunn Project, Monster Zero and Of the Gods, as well as the headliner Creepersin from Los Angeles," Freeman said. "In addition, Creature Couture will have a few creatures roaming about, 222 Imperial has a great art show called 10,000 Skeletons, and Photo Bang Bang has a must-see torture chamber photo op."
Freeman is kicking off a film festival with the event. His underground film festival PollyGrind, now in it's second year, will run October 8-17. PollyGrind is screening more than 100 films, 26 of which have Las Vegas ties.
The timing couldn't be better, Freeman said.
"The aim of the festival is to celebrate individuality, diversity, creativity, community and empowerment,"
While PollyGrind is not solely a horror film festival, it does lean heavily toward scary movies, making it a perfect fit for October.
"Summer is dying," Freeman said. "The cooler weather is coming and Halloween is coming. The end of 2011, another tough year for Las Vegas, is near. What better way to celebrate than a film festival that is all about facing our fears, facing our demons, becoming inspired and becoming empowered?"
The First Friday event is free and open to the public.
For more information on the event or the film festival, visit www.theatre7lv.com.
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The PollyGrind Film Festival is all about the darker side of cinema and the artists that bring those films to life. Our aim is to celebrate individuality, diversity, creativity and empowerment by showcasing the work of filmmakers with defiantly independent visions. The festival consists of programming in the tradition of grindhouse theaters with double features, bookended by trailers and music videos.