I rolled up real early to a line of kids wrapping around the block.
We didn't really have security, so I worked the door, which sucks because I have to hold fans back who just want to see the movie. I fucking hate telling a kid to wait, or having to hold them back. Anyway, we let people in and the theatre got packed. Kids started getting rowdy and the owners of the place started getting bummed.
We showed the movie, but the sound was fucked! They couldn't turn it up very loud at all, and you had to stay pretty quiet to hear it. Weird, but it worked out OK, and people seemed to be pretty amped on it!
Then we tried to get people out and it started getting crazy. People started barging in, and I had a bunch of VIP's waiting outside that I needed to get in. Daewon Song, Jamie Thomas, Greg Lutzka, Darrel Stanton, and a ton of other friends of mine and the team were waiting in a sweaty, rowdy, and every moment angrier crowd...
The cops showed up to control the crowd, but people started throwing shit at them. I was able to get some people in, but at some point we needed to relieve the kids in the line, some of which were getting crushed, so we started letting people in and a stampede started, I got completely ran over, the door of the theatre got torn off it's hinges and glass started breaking... It turned into total fucking chaos. The riot police started getting aggro and arresting kids, rumors have it that they did so very forcibly, possibly breaking one kids' wrist. I saw 2 kids in the back of the police car when I left the place, and I saw one kid getting slammed to the ground. The theatre people were bumming hard at this point, and wanted to shut it down, but we begged them to just show the movie for the second time... We got the sound figured out, and the second showing went great, aside from the riot happening outside, and the damaged theatre, and all the kids who didn't make it in.
I am really sorry for anyone who didn't make it in, or anyone I had to hold back. I hate doing that shit.
My apologies to the theatre for the damage. My apologies for the kids who came and didn't make it in. My disappointment with the cops who harshed the Loyal Toy Machine Pawns. My anger with any skaters who caused a riot by fucking with the cops and ruining it for everyone else. My LOVE of the fact that we are skaters and we like it raw. Toy Machine came and left the streets of Long Beach in ashes.
Both good and bad, we fucked shit up.
Posted November 10th, 2006 by PS: More photos coming soon...