Turner Classic Movies is holding its first Classic Film Festival in Los Angeles from April 22-25. The recently published lineup of classic films is astonishing, including Casablanca, The Good, the Band and the Ugly, Some Like it Hot, The Producers, Sunset Blvd., 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Stunt Man, and more. Also on the bill are panel discussions, receptions, and an introduction to North By Northwest by two of its stars, Eva Marie Saint and Martin Landau. Participating theaters include Grauman’s Chinese Theater, The Egyptian, and others.
Unfortunately, the admission price to the Festival may be prohibitive to many. Passes covering four days of screenings and events currently run $ 499 or $ 599. According to the Festival’s website, individual tickets are also available, although seating preference will be given to pass holders. TCM informs me that individual tickets are in the $20 to $30 range, with 50 percent discounts for those with a valid student i.d.
Perhaps next year, TCM will sell cheaper (e.g., one-day) passes. Meanwhile cable and satellite tv subscribers can play along on the home version: according to its schedule, TCM airs many of the films from the Festival on its cable channel, where the price of admission is your monthly bill.