Car Wash

Car Wash

A “dizzying, nonstop kaleidoscope of cars, soul music, characters, crises...and lots of suds and hot wax” (Roger Ebert), this madcap comedy portrays a day in the life of a group of wisecracking car wash employees. Shot on location at an actual, since-demolished car wash in MacArthur Park, Car Wash is a joyful slice of 1970s life, with an award-winning soundtrack and stellar cameos. (1976, dir. Michael Schultz, 97 min.)

A Q&A with Tisa Bryant and Ernest Hardy follows the screening.


Location: Billy Wilder Theater
Ticketing: Tickets are required and available at the Box Office one hour before the program. General admission tickets are available one per person on a first come, first served basis following member ticketing. Early arrival is recommended.
Member Benefit: Members receive priority ticketing (until 15 minutes before the program) by skipping the general admission line and can choose their seats, subject to availability.
Parking: Under the museum, $6 flat rate after 6 p.m. Cash only. 

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