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TCMFF - had a fun time :-)

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I just came from TCM Film festival.  The passes were sold-out so I bought individual tickets for each movie.  In total I only spent $50 ($10 per movie).

For me the real fun is meeting the fans. Often I will skip the films and just stand-around talking to people.  The highlight was the Final Party celebrating 25 years of TCM..... free food, champagne, and a birthday cake.  Plus tons of people I got to meet & greet
 
Thank you Ted Turner, Robert Osborne, and the TCM family
 
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18 minutes ago, Davehat said:

I just came from TCM Film festival.  The passes were sold-out so I bought individual tickets for each movie.  In total I only spent $50 ($10 per movie).

For me the real fun is meeting the fans. Often I will skip the films and just stand-around talking to people.  The highlight was the Final Party celebrating 25 years of TCM..... free food, champagne, and a birthday cake.  Plus tons of people I got to meet & greet
 
Thank you Ted Turner, Robert Osborne, and the TCM family
 

That's fantastic. Glad you had such a lovely time!

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On 4/16/2019 at 6:18 PM, Davehat said:

I just came from TCM Film festival.  The passes were sold-out so I bought individual tickets for each movie.  In total I only spent $50 ($10 per movie).

For me the real fun is meeting the fans. Often I will skip the films and just stand-around talking to people.  The highlight was the Final Party celebrating 25 years of TCM..... free food, champagne, and a birthday cake.  Plus tons of people I got to meet & greet
 
Thank you Ted Turner, Robert Osborne, and the TCM family
 
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This is actually really good to know. I have never been since I thought I had to buy a pass to do anything at all, so I'm glad to know I can see individual movies for not very much money and hang around with no pass at all. I have always wanted to go but never had the money for the passes. I hope I can go next year! :)

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There is a standby line for each film where people can queue up for individual tickets. If seats are available, they will get in. If the film is a pre-Code in a small theater (Chinese Multiplex 6, for instance), you probably won't get in. You have a better chance for the former Grauman's Chinese (except on opening night), the Egyptian, or especially the Legion, which is further up Highland. It's possible that you could stand in line for two hours and not get in; this happened to a friend who wanted to see Jezebel a few years ago.

Of course, this means driving to L.A. or simply driving in L.A., which is never much fun, and you will have to allow time for finding a parking place. However, it is definitely an option for those who live relatively nearby. I'm glad  this worked out for you.

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Great tips! I will try to go next year if I'm not doing a show right then (sometimes I am). I  take it for granted since I live so close, but who knows how much longer these will go on, right?

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20 hours ago, LonesomePolecat said:

Great tips! I will try to go next year if I'm not doing a show right then (sometimes I am). I  take it for granted since I live so close, but who knows how much longer these will go on, right?

That's exactly the point. TCM has new owners, so it's up to AT&T. I think the network people are cautiously optimistic and are proceeding as if there will be a festival next year, but the ultimate decision is out of their hands.

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Kingrat;

Why don't you go to the LA CONSERVANCIES LAST REMAINING SEATS this June.  It is wonderful. You get to see Historic Movie Palaces  such as th Los Angeles and Orpheum in Downtown L.A.  It is a wonderful experience. This year they are presenting two venues at the hard to see,the Art Deco Wiltern Theatre at Wilshire Blvd at the Miracle Mile.  It is worth the look.  You won't be disappointed. There will be docents at the theatres ,who will gives you a backstage tour of these Los Angeles Movie Palaces.  The people that come to this event are equally as passionate as the TCM audience.

By the way, Los Angeles has the second largest group of movie palaces and historic theatres in the country.

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On 4/19/2019 at 12:43 AM, LonesomePolecat said:

 I thought I had to buy a pass to do anything at all, so I'm glad to know I can see individual movies! :)

Tips:  You can visit the classic movie palaces any time.  The Chinese shows modern movies & the Egyptian shows lots of classics.  You don’t have to wait for a film festival.

- during TCM FF the normal price each movie is $20 but Backlot members pay half that.

- there was one movie I missed because the theater filled-up, so I went to TCM on-demand and watched it there.  Not a big deal.

- driving in LA is the easiest major city, because the streets were designed for cars (4 lanes across).  I actually enjoy cruising through the city

- the film festival is held at the Roosevelt Hotel which has valet parking.  About $20 per day & very convenient (just walk right in).  When I did the TCM Studio Tour, they also had discounted parking at a garage (not convenient).  I prefer the Roosevelt.

 

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On 4/19/2019 at 9:43 PM, LonesomePolecat said:

I  take it for granted since I live so close, but who knows how much longer these will go on, right?

Right. A depressing thread indeed.

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Well he had 10 opportunities to visit TCM FF and missed all of them.  I moved to Socal and went every year from 2015 onward, because nothing lasts forever.  (Plus I’m only forty miles from Hollywood.)

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On 7/12/2020 at 1:24 AM, Davehat said:

- driving in LA is the easiest major city, because the streets were designed for cars (4 lanes across).  I actually enjoy cruising through the city

- the film festival is held at the Roosevelt Hotel which has valet parking.  About $20 per day & very convenient (just walk right in).  When I did the TCM Studio Tour, they also had discounted parking at a garage (not convenient).  I prefer the Roosevelt.

 

I was born and raised here. There is minimal parking in LA, closer to you get to downtown, the less parking there is. And if you find parking, expect to walk a mile to your venue.

At this point, its best to try Uber or Lyft. Sometimes the bus can help but, that can be a bother in itself.

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3 hours ago, GGGGerald said:

I was born and raised here. There is minimal parking in LA, closer to you get to downtown, the less parking there is. And if you find parking, expect to walk a mile to your venue.

At this point, its best to try Uber or Lyft. Sometimes the bus can help but, that can be a bother in itself.

I know it's not necessarily an LA thing to take public transport, but one could drive to a Metro station and take it to Hollywood & Highland (on the red line).  It's right in the middle of all the TCMFF venues.   Some use it to go just the one stop to Vine to get to venues down there too.

We used it one year to go to Universal Studios when we had an extra day.

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I will say the metro system is very underrated, I do use it often. The problem is, shows tend to let out late, when the buses are no longer running. There are certain lines that go 24 hours on Fri/Sat/Sun, so they are at least trying to address the issue. Just hope your destination on that route.

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9 hours ago, GGGGerald said:

There is minimal parking in LA, closer you get to downtown, the less parking..... its best to try Uber or Lyft.

No.  Rather than give $20 to Uber, I’ll just drive to Roosevelt Hotel, park my car, and walk right in.   I boycotted Uber when they charged me $120 for a $20 trip.  The driver had dropped me home, then charged for his trip to Pasadena, and told Uber “I took his girlfriend home.”  When I told Uber I have no GF they refused to believe me: “We side with our driver.”  I gave a generous tip too & he ripped me off!

I immediately deleted Uber, because I don’t support dishonest companies.  Now I drive and park.  (Or cab if my car’s not available.)

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11 hours ago, GGGGerald said:

I will say the metro system is very underrated, I do use it often. The problem is, shows tend to let out late, when the buses are no longer running. There are certain lines that go 24 hours on Fri/Sat/Sun, so they are at least trying to address the issue. Just hope your destination on that route.

The same was true in London until very recently.  Historically, unlike New York's subway, which basically was a 24/7 operation, the tube in London shut down between midnight and 1 am.   They operated a network of "night buses" in the overnight hours, but the coverage was sparse, especially as you moved further out from Trafalgar Square.  In the last few years, they have designated new nighttime tube services on a few lines that run around the clock on weekend nights only.

As a result of the early end of tube services nightly, West End shows typically have a 7:00 or 7:30 curtain, so that they can end well before 11:00.  Until recently, New York theater would have an 8:00 or 8:30 curtain, but NY has migrated to earlier curtains the past few years too.

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12 hours ago, GGGGerald said:

I will say the metro system is very underrated, I do use it often. The problem is, shows tend to let out late, when the buses are no longer running. There are certain lines that go 24 hours on Fri/Sat/Sun, so they are at least trying to address the issue. Just hope your destination on that route.

Back when we still resided in L.A., every time a new section of the Metro would be newly opened for operation, my wife and I would make it thing to ride that new section.

We'd always start out from the westerly end of the Green Line at Redondo Beach and then connect to the Blue Line to go north to the Downtown 7th St terminal, and then reach each new section from there. The Gold Line through Pasadena and then east to Azusa (and where as Jerry Colonna once sang, "There's everything from A to Z in the USA") was the last new section I recall we ever rode.

(...I remember being very impressed with how they did up the Red Line stations under Hollywood with movie themes the first time we saw them)

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On 7/16/2020 at 2:19 AM, Davehat said:

Well he had 10 opportunities to visit TCM FF and missed all of them.  I moved to Socal and went every year from 2015 onward, because nothing lasts forever.  (Plus I’m only forty miles from Hollywood.)

I'm in the south O.C.   but haven't been to the film festival   Shame on me.     I have been to the Roosevelt Hotel a few times.   Nice place.

Have you been to Larry Edmunds Bookshop in Hollywood?    This is a great place for classic movie items and where I have purchased books (E.g. The Films of Bette Davis,  Cary Grant,,, etc....),  photos (some real promo ones from the 40s with the official studio seal),  etc...

Great place for lovers of American studio era films. 

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No when I goto LA it’s either a movie at Egyptian or Disney theater.  Or a restaurant near Rodeo Drive (like Wolfgang Puck) or nightlife on Sunset Avenue.

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