Film lovers snap up Sundance tickets
January 3, 2009
Tickets were quickly being snapped up Saturday at the Gateway Center in Old Town for the star-powered premiers that screen in the first few days of the Sundance Film Festival.
Tickets, though, remained for numerous movies that show later in the festival. By just before 11 a.m. no screenings scheduled in Park City on Jan. 25 were sold out, and tickets remained for many movies slated for Jan. 21 and Jan. 22.
Destiny Grose, a film buff helping people in line select their picks, said lots of tickets were being sold for documentaries, long a favorite of Sundance crowds.
"I think people are enthused this year. Everyone has full slates," Grose said.
There was chatter in the line early on Saturday that a Jan. 20 screening at the Eccles Center, which Sundance had listed as a sneak preview, might be a Steven Soderbergh film.
Soderbergh’s "sex, lies, and videotape" screened at Sundance in 1989, and it is among the films credited with solidifying Sundance’s status as one of the world’s top-ranking film festivals.
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The ticket sales on Saturday are for Utah residents. They continue on Sunday.
Nationwide sales for people who registered run Jan. 6-9. Additional tickets are released as the festival approaches, and some are made available each morning of the festival. Wait-list lines outside theaters for tickets form before each movie as well.
Sundance is scheduled to run Jan. 15-25.