Sunday, April 25, 2010

Turner Classic Movies Film Festival is a Hit!

Roosevelt Hotel, TCM Festival Headquarters

Ok, so I said I probably wasn't going to go to the TCM Classic Film Festival, but how could I pass this up when it was happening in my own backyard? Because I already have a lot of big events planned for this year, the $500 festival pass was not an option. What I did do was purchase individual tickets at $20 a piece for the screenings I was able to attend.

Basically, those who had the expensive festival passes got first access into all the screenings. Then, usually about 15 minutes before the screening would start the TCM staffers would allow those wishing to purchase individual tickets to enter. Only once did I have trouble getting into a screening because there were too many festival passholders already, leaving no room for individual ticket buyers.

The big bonus to being a festival passholder was that you could attend some screenings, parties, and programs that were not available to individual ticket buyers. There were some great programs I would have liked to attend, such as a presentation of Joan Crawford's home movies presented by her grandson, Casey LaLonde. I think next year I will take some time off of work and get the festival pass.

Below is a video I put together from my visit to the festival on Saturday. It includes footage of the interior of the Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the TCM Boutique, and the Egyptian Theatre.

Video of 2010 Turner Classic Film Festival

The festival appeared to be a hit and I really hope they do another festival next year. It was great to be in an enviroment with so many classic movie lovers all in one spot, watching pristine prints of some terrific films and in some of the best movie theaters in the country. What was funny was how at the event you would have thought Robert Osborne was a rock star - this event was truly his stage.

Any thoughts from those who attended or maybe didn't attend ?


Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

What a great event. So glad you were able to attend!

Tom said...

Oh, neat! $20 a piece for individual tickets? That's not too bad. I thought you had to buy the $500 pass to get in to any film.

L said...

I went the whole time and it was GREAT!!! I will for sure go again and buy the best pass. It was like being Charlie in Wonka's Factory!!

Alex Gildzen said...

I've been to at least 101 festivals over the years & this was one of the best.

Unknown said...

I had a fantastic time. It was managed beautifully, the attendees were revved up yet exceedingly polite and well-behaved, and the films were wonderful to see on a big screen.

Can't wait til the next one!

Anonymous said...

This weekend was SO much fun, I'm still on a high from it! Really, top class act from A to Z-- a true FILM festival, if you know what I mean. It wasn't about the parties, the paparazzi, the glam, the networking or anything else that film festivals have come to be... it was about FILM. The appreciation of it, preservation of it and the sheer love of it.

Robby Cress said...

Kittypackard, I couldn't agree more. This festival was truly for the fans of classic film and what a treat it was! I'm glad it wasn't all about the glam, paparazzi, and the parties and hope TCM keeps the same vibe next year.


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