Friday, November 20, 2009

TCM Festival Update

This week Turner Classic Movies announced additional information about its TCM Classic Film Festival, which will be held next April in Hollywood.

Leonard Maltin, Peter Bogdanovich, and Douglas Trumbull are the first names announced to appear at the Festival.

The first films announced to be screened at the festival include a restored copy of A STAR IS BORN (1954) and a presentation of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968) with Trumbull in attendance.

Unfortunately, the cost of passes is prohibitively expensive. Four-day passes start at $500 (temporarily discounted to $400) and go up from there.

According to a FAQ on the Festival site, no one-day passes will be sold. Tickets for individual events will only be sold at the box office on the date of the film's screening, with no advance online purchase available...which means you'll have no idea until you get there if making the drive to Hollywood for an individual screening will be worth the time and expense.

It also appears from the FAQ that children under the age of 13 are not allowed to attend the Festival. So much for cultivating the classic film fans of the 11-year-old could teach some adults a thing or two about classic movies (grin).

It's really too bad they're not following the lead of an event like Disney's D23 Expo, which was much more affordable and allowed visitors to "test the waters" with a one-day pass. Granted, Disney has deep corporate pockets available to support its Expo, but TCM's Festival seems calculated to price out of the market all but those with plenty of disposable income, i.e., singles. For a couple or a family, that's a lot of money, especially these days.

'Tis a disappointment, but I wish TCM well. If the Festival is a success perhaps there will be more budget-friendly options in future years.


Blogger Evangeline Holland said...

That price is outrageous. I understand the costs of launching film festivals of this sort, since classic films have a limited-ish audience, but $500+? In this economy? Pfft!

(p.s.:just wanted to ask if you could turn on your "older posts" section, as it's difficult to read posts after page 1).

12:03 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Hi Evangeline,

I'll see if I can figure out how to do that -- good idea. I've seen that button at the bottom of other blogs and hadn't thought of doing it myself.

In the meantime, maybe the links for archived months at the left will help if you'd like to read the older posts...

Thanks and best wishes,

12:09 AM  
Blogger VP81955 said...

I was definitely thinking of coming from out east...until I saw the prices. Thesy may be in line with Telluride and other such festivals, but there is probably a disconnect between the people who attend such festivals and the avid TCM viewer who'd want to go to this.

Like you, I hope it clicks, but the ride is going to be bumpy along the way. At least the organizers will sel day-of-film admission, though that's only good if you're going to be in the neighborhood.

BTW, happy 64th birthday to the leggy, lovely Goldie Hawn, better known to some of you younger folks as Kate Hudson's mom (and, possibly, Alex Rodriguez's future mother-in-law). Goldie made some wonderful films in her day, keeping alive the tradition of the comedic actress for much of the '70s and '80s.

6:12 AM  
Blogger Kaya said...

I live just 3 miles from the festival site but the prices are exorbitant IMO. I don't want to wait till the day of to know if I get into an individual screening and I am not considering paying at least $400 for 4 days of moviegoing. I'll just have to make due with regular screenings at The Egyptian.

3:14 AM  

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