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How to Festival 101: 2018 Edition

Whether you’ve joined us in past years or if this is your first time, the following information will help you make the most of your 2018 Festival experience.

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Is there a Festival app available for the 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival?

Launching soon, our free TCM Classic Film Festival app (available on iOS and Android devices) is your one-stop companion to everything going on at this year’s fest. Our 2018 app allows you to see complete film descriptions and special guest bios, create your own custom schedule with alerts, get late breaking news and announcements, network with other Festival attendees, and see photo galleries, the Festival map, video recaps, movie trailers, and much more!

Click here to download on ANDROID.
Click here to download on iOS.

Where can I get the latest updates about the TCM Classic Film Festival on social media?

Throughout the fest, follow #TCMFF on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr for Festival-related announcements and updates, and tag your own tweets with #TCMFF so we can read about your experiences. Additionally, you can follow TCM on Facebook,Twitter and Instagram to join the classic film conversation.

What time does the Red Carpet open for the Opening Night Gala presentation of THE PRODUCERS (1968) on Thursday, April 26?

The Opening Night Red Carpet will open at 4:45pm. The event will begin promptly at 6:30pm. Classic and Palace passholders are welcome to watch the Opening Night Red Carpet arrivals in a special spectator bleacher section reserved exclusively for passholders. The queue for these spectator sections will open at the corner of N. Orange and Hollywood Blvd. by Madame Tussaud’s at 3:45 pm and seating will begin at 4:15 pm. Note that passholder bleacher seating is limited.

How can I view the Hand & Footprint Ceremony with Cicely Tyson on Friday, April 27?

The event will begin promptly at 10:30 am. There is special spectator bleacher section and a standing room only viewing area reserved exclusively for passholders. The queue for these spectator sections will open at 9:30 am and seating will begin at 10:00am. Note that the passholder bleacher seating and standing room only viewing spaces are limited.

What Special Programming can I expect for the 2018 Festival?

The complete Special Programming schedule can be found by clicking here.

Are there any new any new venues for the 2018 Festival?

The 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival will feature two venues with special programming that will be open to all pass levels, including Palace passholders.

 

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Clubhouse located at 1782 N Orange Drive and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Linwood Dunn Theater (inside the Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study) located at 1313 Vine Street.

 

Information about these and other Festival venues can be found by clicking here.

Where can I get 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival Merchandise?

Be sure to stop by the TCM Boutique for official shirts, hats, mugs, bags, books, and much more! You’ll find the TCM Boutique inside SWEET! on the second floor of the Hollywood & Highland Center, conveniently located one flight up the escalator/stairs when heading to the Chinese 6 Theatres multiplex. Be sure to shop early as many items sell out quickly!

Festival Boutique hours:

Wed: 12pm-8pm

Thurs: 10am-8pm

Fri: 10am-9pm

Sat: 10am-9pm

Sun: 10am-8pm

When should I plan on arriving and departing the Festival?

For passholders who will be in town before the Festival officially begins on Thursday, April 26, join us for a few pre-Festival activities on Wednesday, April 25th. First off, the Festival Box Office will be open for Will Call and Festival program and gift bag pick up (for Essential and Spotlight passholders) in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel from 2:00pm – 4:00pm. There will also be an Early Bird Meetup for passholders of all levels from 4:30 pm-5:00 pm at the Tropicana Bar located poolside at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. You can find more information about these activities on the Special Programming page here.

 

For Spotlight, Essential and Classic passholders: the Festival programming will officially kick off at 1:00pm on Thursday, April 26, with Meet TCM, a panel discussion at Club TCM located in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. There will also be a passholder welcome reception from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in Club TCM later that evening.

 

For Palace passholders: while your official eligible screenings will begin at 9:00am on Friday, April 27, you are welcome to watch the Opening Night Red Carpet arrivals from a special bleacher section and viewing area reserved exclusively for Festival passholders of every level. Palace passholders are also welcome to purchase individual tickets for evening screenings (not including the Opening Night screening, Club TCM events, the Handprint ceremony).

 

The last official Festival events will begin in the evening on Sunday, April 29. We recommend that those of you who are traveling to Los Angeles for the Festival book your return travel for Monday, April 30.

 

The Festival schedule is available by clicking here.

What should I plan on wearing at the Festival?

For those attending the Opening Night Red Carpet Gala premiere of THE PRODUCERS (1968) and/or the Gala Party, we strongly recommend cocktail attire. Cocktail attire typically means a suit or cocktail dress. For all other events, attendees should dress comfortably and prepare for changes in temperature when moving from inside to outside of Festival venues. While Los Angeles has a generally warm, sunny climate, it can get cool in the evening. We recommend you bring a light jacket or windbreaker just in case.

How do you recommend I get from the airport to the Festival?

If you don’t plan on renting a car, we recommend you take a cab, shuttle or private car service.

 

Cab fare is approximately $80.00- $100.00 from LAX. Normally, the travel time to the Hollywood and Highland area is approximately 45 minutes, but depending on traffic conditions, it could take much longer and cost more. We suggest that you direct the driver to take La Cienega Boulevard rather than the freeway.

Cab fare is approximately $50.00-$70.00 from the Burbank airport. Normally, the travel time to the Hollywood and Highland area is approximately 30 minutes, but again, depending on traffic conditions, could take much longer and cost more.

Shuttle services are also available and typically cost $20.00 or less. However, travel by shuttle can be significantly longer than when travelling by taxi. Many of these shuttle services accept, but often don’t require, advance reservations. We recommend that you contact your hotel to see if they have their own shuttle or, if not, which shuttle service they recommend.

There is also a bus service launched by Los Angeles city officials called the Flyaway bus services that runs between LAX and Hollywood. The services runs hourly from 5:15am – 10:15pm daily, and fare is $8.00 one way. Visit www.lawa.org for more details.

Private car services are also available but could cost more than the other options. If you’d like to hire a private car service, we recommend you contact your hotel to see which service they recommend.

Independent ride-share services, such as Lyft and Uber are also widely used in the Los Angeles area. Rates for Uber and Lyft vary greatly by city, the time of day you ride, and the type of service you pick. For more information, or to sign up for an account, see their websites at https://www.uber.com/ or https://www.lyft.com/.

I’m driving to the Festival. Where do I park?

Those attending the Festival screenings at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX and the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres may park in the garage at the Hollywood & Highland Center.

  • Parking fees are $2.00 for up to 4 hours with validation from The TCL Chinese Theatre and TCL Chinese 6 Theatres; $1.00 for every 15 minutes thereafter. Daily maximum is $15.00. Valet parking is available for an additional $8.00 fee. The parking structure is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They recommend keeping ticket stubs with you in case they don’t accept validation, the ticket stub will work as proof and get the discounted parking rates.

Those attending the Festival screening at the Arclight Cinerama Dome and the Linwood Dunn Theater may park in the lot adjacent to the theater with entrances on Ivar Avenue and DeLongpre Avenue.

  • Parking Fees are $3.00 for up to 4 hrs with validation from the ArcLight theater. $2.00 for each additional 15 minutes thereafter. Daily parking maximum is $14.00

Those attending the Festival screenings at the Egyptian Theatre may park in the lot south of Hollywood Blvd. There are attended Grant & Classic parking lots on McCadden Place and on Las Palmas. Parking validation is not available to Egyptian Theatre customers.

  • Parking is $10.00-$20.00 flat rate maximum. There is often $5.00 parking in area lots a block east of the Egyptian. Always verify if you are paying a flat rate or hourly before parking.
Where and when can I pick up my pass(es) and program and/or gift bag?

Will Call passes, gift bags (for Essential and Spotlight passholders) and Festival programs will be available for pick up in the Academy Room located on the 2nd floor of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel beginning on Wednesday, April 25, from 2:00pm-4:00pm PT and on Thursday, April 26, from 10:00am-6:00pm PT. Passholders arriving after Thursday, April 26 may pick up their pass(es), programs and gift bags (for Essential and Spotlight passholders) at the Information Desk located in the main lobby of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Only one Festival program and one gift bag (for Essential and Spotlight passholders) per pass will be issued per passholder.
 
Our Media Office and Operations Headquarters will also be located at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Do I have to line up for an event if I have a pass?

Yes. You should look for signs directing you to the appropriate queue at each venue based on your pass level. Please read the back of your pass for information on what access your pass does and does not provide. Spotlight passholders and VIPs have priority entry, followed by all other levels of passholders, then individual ticket holders. TCM recommends all passholders arrive at the venue a minimum of 30 minutes before the start of their desired show. For shows that may be particularly popular or those at smaller venues, you may want to arrive earlier. All Festival goers, including passholders, should get a queue number when they arrive at the screening venue. As a general rule, queue numbers are distributed one hour prior to show time. No queue numbers will be distributed prior to one hour before show time.

I understand seating isn’t guaranteed. Why is that again?

In order to give passholders as much flexibility as possible in attending the events they most want to attend, TCM decided that passholders shouldn’t have to pick their events ahead of time. With this system, if you change your mind about what event to attend, just queue in front of that theater.
 
Since it is possible that the number of passholders who want to attend a particular event could exceed the number of seats available at any one venue; we cannot guarantee passholders a seat at every event.
 
Passholders who queue a minimum of 30 minutes prior to show time stand an excellent chance of attending most of their desired events, particularly at larger venues like the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX and Egyptian Theatre. Those who arrive at the venue less than 30 minutes before show time may have more difficulty gaining entry depending on the size of the venue and the type of pass. If there is a specific program you consider a “must-see” event, particularly at the smaller capacity venues, you may want to arrive at the venue earlier. Individual tickets will be sold only after the queued passholders have entered the venue. It’s helpful to have a back-up plan in case you are not able to get into a particularly popular event. We will also be offering repeat screenings of some films in the TBA programming spots on the schedule. As a general rule, queue numbers are distributed one hour prior to show time. No queue numbers will be distributed prior to one hour before show time.
 
The exception to the seating policy is the Opening Night screening of THE PRODUCERS (1968), which guarantees seating for Essential and Spotlight passholders.

Won’t there be a mad rush into the theater once the doors open?

We use a line system that helps ensure those who queue first (depending on pass level) get into the theater first. To ensure fairness and uphold the first come, first served wait line policy of the Festival, all screening venues utilize numbered paper “Queue Cards.” These Queue Cards are distributed at each venue to better control entry and to determine as quickly as possible when a show is expected to sell out. All Festival goers should get a Queue Card when they arrive at the screening venue. Only one Queue Card will be issued per person present per event and the saving of places in line is prohibited. Once you get your queue number, your place in the entry order is secure; however, you must be present when your queue number is called, or you will forfeit your place in line. Please remember, Queue Cards are not tickets and do not guarantee entry. As a general rule, queue numbers are distributed one hour prior to show time. No queue numbers will be distributed prior to one hour before show time.

How do you handle the seating for attendees in wheelchairs or with other special seating needs?

It is our goal to ensure all attendees have a safe and enjoyable experience at the TCM Classic Film Festival. The TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX, TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre, and other Festival venues, including the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, are wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant venues.
 
If you have special seating needs, please notify the venue manager immediately after getting your Queue Card for that event. In instances when the number of guests with wheelchairs or other seating needs exceeds the designated accessible spaces, venue managers will address these instances on a case-by-case basis.

How can I get individual tickets to events?

After queued passholders have been seated, open seats will be sold on a first come, first served and cash only basis at individual venue box offices and just prior to the individual program start time. Individual tickets are $20 for general audiences, $10 with valid student I.D. for most events. Individual tickets are $30 for general audiences, $15 with valid student I.D. for the official closing night presentation of ANIMAL HOUSE (1978). Those arriving a minimum of 30 minutes prior to their desired show, particularly at larger venues or late evening screenings, stand an excellent chance of attending many of their desired screenings. For events at smaller venues you may want to arrive earlier. As a general rule, queue numbers are distributed one hour prior to show time. No queue numbers will be distributed prior to one hour before show time.
 
Please note: No individual tickets will be sold for THE PRODUCERS (1968), the Hand and Footprint Ceremony for Cicely Tyson, poolside screenings, Club TCM, or for events at the ASC Clubhouse or Linwood Dunn Theater.

Can I purchase advance tickets for a particular screening?

As the number of individual screening tickets available is dependent on the number of passholders that attend a particular screening, individual screening tickets cannot be purchased in advance.

What happens if I’m running late to a movie?

As a courtesy to all Festival goers and our special presenters and guests, TCM strongly discourages late seating for screenings. The seating of guests once the event has begun will be at the discretion of the venue manager.

Can I keep my seat for consecutive shows?

Festival attendees may not “sit through” consecutive shows. At the end of each event, attendees must clear the venue and re-enter with any queued audiences before the start of the next event.

What are the TBA Screenings?

These are screening slots that will be announced during the Festival dates; updated information can be found at the venue box offices, Information Desk, the Festival website (www.tcm.com/festival), Festival social media outlets, and the Festival App.

What is the etiquette for approaching celebrity guests for autographs and/or pictures?

We understand the desire to approach a favorite celebrity to ask for an autograph or picture. However, here are a few things to keep in mind before approaching celebrity guests at the Festival:

  1. Given the full event schedule at the Festival we request that you not approach the stage before or after an interview.
  2. There will be signs posted throughout the Festival clearly stating the photography rules of a particular venue or event. If you have any doubts, simply ask a Festival Staff member.
  3. Some special guests may have scheduled book signing sessions. Be sure to check the Festival pocket guide or check at the Information Desk at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel for the schedule.
  4. Celebrities are people too! They need to eat, talk on the phone, get from point A to point B quickly, and watch films just like we, their fans, do. A good rule of thumb is not to approach them while they are occupied or do anything you might find intrusive yourself.
Are there any age restrictions at the Festival?

There are a few Festival events and areas that are age restricted.

  1. The Opening Night Red Carpet Gala party is restricted to Spotlight passholders age 21 and up.
  2. All Club TCM events are restricted to individuals age 13 and up.
  3. We regret that children under age 4 may not attend any Festival event.
Where do I eat?

Even the most die-hard movie fans need a break from popcorn! There are dozens of eating establishments within the Festival footprint, including along Hollywood Blvd. and the Hollywood & Highland Center, ranging from fast food to fine dining. There are also grocery stores within a few blocks from the main Festival venues. The restaurant next to the Egyptian Theatre, The Pig N’ Whistle will offer a 15% discount to Festival passholders (excluding To-Go orders). The restaurants 25 Degrees, Public Kitchen & Bar and the Tropicana Bar are located in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and offer a 10% discount on food purchases (excluding alcohol) to Festival passholders. (BARS ONLY in the Roosevelt: The Spare Room, Library Bar and Teddy’s will not offer a discount). Other restaurants offer discounts for passholders. For more information, please click here.

Are there any passholder discounts to Hollywood restaurants and attractions?

TCM has partnered with several companies to provide discounted rates for Festival passholders. For complete details on how to take advantage of these discounted opportunities, click here.

I have a Palace pass. Does my pass allow me to attend events prior to April 27 or at any venues other than the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX, the Egyptian Theatre, or poolside screenings at the Hollywood Roosevelt?

While official Palace-eligible screenings will begin at 9:00am on Friday, April 27, you are welcome to watch the April 26 Opening Night Red Carpet arrivals from a special bleacher section and viewing area reserved exclusively for Festival passholders of every level. The queue for this section will begin at 3:45pm and seating will begin at 4:15pm. Please note: bleacher seating is limited.

 

As there will be no screening event in the TCL Chinese Theatre during the handprint ceremony for Cicely Tyson the morning of Friday, April 27, Palace passholders are eligible to attend the Friday, April 27 screening of GRAND PRIX (1966) at the Arclight Cinerama Dome.

 

TCM is also pleased to announce that Palace passholders may attend events at our two new venues: The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Clubhouse and the Linwood Dunn Theater.

 

Palace passes may not be used for entry to any Festival screening on Thursday, April 26, any event at the TCL Chinese Multiplex or Club TCM, or at the Saturday presentation at the Arclight Cinerama Dome. We encourage Palace passholders to purchase individual tickets for screenings at these venues, when available.

Is there complimentary internet access at TCM Classic Film Festival venues?

The TCM Classic Film Festival and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel are happy to announce complimentary daily internet access as a sign of appreciation for Festival attendees lodging at our host hotel.

VENUE CAPACITIES:

To assist you with planning your Festival schedule, here is information on the seating capacity for each Festival venue:
 

TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX…920

The Egyptian Theatre…618

TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, House #1…477

TCL Chinese 6 Theatre, House #4…177

TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, House #6…210

The Cinerama Dome…834

The Linwood Dunn Theater…286

The ASC Clubhouse …100

How do I get to the Cinerama Dome?

The Cinerama Dome is located at 6360 Sunset Blvd.
 
ON FOOT FROM THE HOLLYWOOD ROOSEVELT: Walk east on Hollywood Blvd. from the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel one block. Then go south (right) on N. Highland Avenue for three blocks. Then turn east (left) on Sunset Blvd. and walk approximately .6 of mile. The Cinerama Dome will be on your right. From the hotel, plan on approx. 25-30 min travel time by foot.
 
VIA METRO: Use the subway ($1.75 each way). Take the Red subway line at the Hollywood/Highland station, and head east one stop to the Hollywood/Vine station. Exit subway and go south on Vine Street for two blocks. Turn west (right) on Sunset Blvd. and walk 1.5 blocks. The Cinerama Dome will be on your right.

How do I get to the Linwood Dunn Theater?

The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study, 1313 Vine Street.
 
 ON FOOT FROM THE HOLLYWOOD ROOSEVELT: Walk east on Hollywood Blvd. from the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel one block. Then go south (right) on N. Highland Avenue for three blocks. Then turn east (left) on Sunset Blvd. and walk approximately .6 of mile and turn right on Vine Street for two blocks. The Pickford Center/Linwood Dunn will be on your right at the corner of Vine St. and Fountain Ave. From the hotel, plan on approx. 30-35 min travel time by foot.
 
VIA METRO: Use the subway ($1.75 each way). Take the Red subway line at the Hollywood/Highland station, and head east one stop to the Hollywood/Vine station. Exit subway and go south on Vine Street for four blocks. The Pickford Center/Linwood Dunn Theater will be on your right at the corner of Vine St. and Fountain Ave.

How do I get to the ASC Clubhouse?

The American Society of Cinematographers Clubhouse is located, 1782 N. Orange Drive.
 
ON FOOT FROM THE HOLLYWOOD ROOSEVELT: Exit on Hollywood Blvd. and cross the intersection of Hollywood and N. Orange Dr. toward Madame Toussaud’s. (north). Continue north on N. Orange for .2 mile and the ASC Clubhouse will be on your right at the corner of N. Orange Dr. and Franklin Ave.  From the hotel, plan on approx. 5-10 min travel time by foot.

FESTIVAL VENUE ADDRESSES:

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

7000 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
1-800-950-7667

www.hollywoodroosevelt.com

 

TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX

6925 Hollywood Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90028

323-464-6266

http://www.chinesetheatres.com/

 

TCL Chinese 6 Theatres

6801 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
323-464-6266

http://egyptiantheatre.com/

 

Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028-4605
323-461-2020

http://egyptiantheatre.com/

 

The Arclight CineramaDome

6360 Sunset Boulevard

Hollywood, CA 90028

(323) 466-3401

Capacity: 868

https://www.arclightcinemas.com

 

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Clubhouse

1782 N Orange Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90028

800-448-0145

Capacity: 100

https://www.theasc.com/

 

The Linwood Dunn Theater (located inside the Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study)

1313 Vine Street

Los Angeles, CA 90028

(310) 247-3600

Capacity: 286

http://www.oscars.org/about/facilities/linwood-dunn-theater

SAFETY AND SECURITY:

As many Festival guests may be unfamiliar with how to react during an earthquake, we wanted to share a few tips regarding safety. In the unlikely event of an earthquake, please follow these guidelines:
 
If you are inside a building, stay inside. Do not rush for the doorways or leave the building. If you are outside, stay outside and move away from buildings.
 
Drop-Cover-Hold On. To reduce chance of injury, cover your neck and head, and stay low to the ground, to avoid falling.
 
Listen for instructions and guidance from the theatre operations team and security team in each venue. They are familiar with the exit routes for each venue.
 
Should an emergency arise that necessitates a medic, please be aware that the operations team is ready and able to assist with getting a medic or ambulance for immediate assistance.
 
Turner takes the safety and security of our guests seriously. TCM security team members may occasionally, throughout the Festival, conduct “Bag Checks” at selected venues and events. This measure is to take the appropriate precautions necessary to keep our events safe. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
 
While Hollywood Blvd. is generally busy and safe to walk, we encourage Festival goers to maintain a sense of their surroundings. Like any major city, we encourage passholders to walk with a companion when walking at night.
 
Past Festival attendees will also be familiar with the colorful characters, many of them costumed that populate Hollywood Blvd. Please note that while it is prohibited by law for these characters to solicit tips, it is customary to tip these individuals if you take photos with and/or of them.

SCHEDULE CHANGES/ ADDITIONS:

Please note that any up-to-the-minute changes of schedule or announcements of additional programs, such as TBA screenings, will be communicated on a daily basis during the Festival, at the Festival Information Desk in the Roosevelt Hotel and at venue box offices. The Information Desk hours on Wednesday, April 25, 12:00pm-4:00pm, Thursday, April 26, 10:00am-7:00pm; Friday & Saturday, April 27-28 8:00am to 8:00pm; and Sunday, April 29, 8:00am to 6:00pm. (This is also where Lost & Found will be located.)

 

In addition, please keep checking the Festival website for information and updates (or to download our free Festival mobile app). If you have further questions, please visit the Information Desk or the venue box offices, or locate one of the many friendly Festival staffers wearing “STAFF” T-shirts. Don’t be shy, as we’re there to help make the 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival the ultimate film lover’s experience.

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