"This seemed like a good way to hide out in a dark hole and await the apocalypse," Connor Weber reasoned, standing below the the theater marquee.
The 28-year-old took a drag on his cigarette. He was one of a few dozen who had shown up at the New Beverly Cinema on Tuesday night to escape the chaos of election night, paying $8 for a double bill of "Shampoo" and "The Candidate." Like most at the theater, he had an 'I Voted' sticker still affixed to his shirt; he said he had gone to the polls to write his own name in the presidential candidate slot. "I'm pretty politically disillusioned," he said with a sigh.
About 120 people — mostly men — came to the Quentin Tarantino-run venue on Tuesday. Mike Schlereth, a 33-year-old from North Carolina who voted for Hillary Clinton, thought it seemed like a good alternative to watching the news. Still, he was distressed by how close the race between Clinton and Donald Trump was at 9:45 p.m., when there was a brief break between the two films. "It's a little worrying," he said. "I'm gonna try to turn my phone off."