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TCM FF And Citibank Pass Purchases


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It was announced that Citibank has signed on as a partner of the 2013 TCM Film Festival. As part of that arrangement, Citibank and TCM have arranged to offer pass sales through Citibanks "Private Pass" program of perks.


From the NYTimes 13 November2012 -



The Citi sponsorship is part of what Citi calls its Private Pass program, which offers cardholders advance access to events. In this case, Citi cardholders will be able to order passes two days ahead of the official on-sale day of Thursday.


Private Pass is about "diversity of access" as well as access, said Ralph Andretta, head of co-brands and loyalty for the Citi cards unit of Citibank in Long Island City. "It?s not just about music, sports and food? events, he said, ?it?s also about classic movies."


Mr. Andretta described himself as a fan of classic films and TCM, adding that he watched "From Here to Eternity" on the channel on Monday night.


In addition to the pre-sale offer, attendees who use Citi cards to buy their passes will receive "a collectible gift" upon arriving there, Mr. Andretta said.


Citibank and TCM are discussing the possibility of hosting, before the festival begins, a preview party for about 100 Citi cardholders, Mr. Andretta said, which would feature Ben Mankiewicz, who shares with Robert Osborne the duties of introducing the movies shown by TCM. (Mr. Mankiewicz will also introduce films and events during the festival; Mr. Osborne will be the host of the festival.)


So, if you're thinking of charging your Pass purchase and have a Citi card (credit or debit), why not use it for the FilmFestival. You may get to attend a special event just for you.

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Kyle, just wanted to clarify for those folks interested in purchasing a pass today that passes can be purchased with any credit card or bank card, as well as the Citibank card.


The possible private event, however, and the "collectible gift" may only be for those attendees who purchased their pass with a Citibank card,

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Bought my ticket a little while ago. Lots of my Classic friends have bought them as well. Didn't even know about the collectible (hope it's an RO signed poster). A preview party with Ben - SueSue you know how I feel about that. See you soon, Dawn

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