Seize the hand sanitizer, experience the shuttle buses, and lean into the craziness of all of it.
It has been three years since film lovers final gathered in Park Metropolis to absorb the sensory onslaught that’s the Sundance Movie Pageant—so one might be forgiven for not remembering how you can do it.
Listed here are some tips on navigating the 2023 Sundance Movie Pageant, which runs Jan. 19-29 in particular person — in venues in Park Metropolis, Salt Lake Metropolis and the Sundance Mountain Resort — and Jan. 24-29 on-line.
Ticket passes • Many of the in-person ticket cross choices are bought out — apart from the $500 Salt Lake Metropolis Move (good for any screening in a Salt Lake Metropolis venue) and the $3,500 Categorical Move for the pageant’s second half. Go to pageant.sundance.org/tickets for info.
Particular person tickets • Single-screening tickets went on sale Thursday, additionally at pageant.sundance.org/tickets. Tickets are $25 every for in-person screenings, and $20 for on-line screenings.
On-line packages • All bought out. The exception is the $25 Explorer Move, which supplies you on-line entry to the Indie Episodic program and a few of the brief movies.
Salt Lake Metropolis venues • Many of the previous dependable screening venues in Salt Lake Metropolis are working once more: Two screens at Broadway Heart Cinemas, 111 E. 300 South; the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Heart, 138 W. 300 South; and the Grand Theater at 1575 S. State. (The Tower Theater stays closed for renovations, and the Metropolis Library auditorium is just not getting used as a pageant venue.) New this yr, the Megaplex Theaters at The Gateway, at 400 West and 200 South, can have six of its screens open for Sundance screenings — and since all of them have reclining seats, it could be essentially the most comfy place to observe a pageant film.
Park Metropolis venues • The next venues are again to welcome moviegoers once more: Eccles Heart Theatre, 1750 Kearns Blvd.; Egyptian Theatre, 328 Important St.; Vacation Village Cinemas at 1776 Park Ave.; Library Heart Theatre, 1255 Park Ave.; Park Avenue Theater (previously the Yarrow) at 1800 Park Ave.; Prospector Sq. Theatre, 2175 Sidewinder Drive; Redstone Cinemas at 6030 Market St. in Kimball Junction; and The Ray at 1768 Park Ave. (Two acquainted venues from previous years, The MARC and the Temple Theatre, aren’t in use in 2023.)
Parking • There may be, technically, parking out there in Park Metropolis correct. It is uncommon, and normally costly, nevertheless it does exist. In case you’d somewhat not spend $50 for a parking area, the most effective transfer is to park in Kimball Junction, close to the Park Metropolis Transit station (on the west aspect of state freeway 224), and take the town’s shuttle buses into Park Metropolis. The buses are free to experience.
buses • The shuttle buses additionally run among the many Park Metropolis venues, from early within the day to the wee small hours of the morning, and are the best option to get from one venue to the subsequent. The buses are additionally a fantastic place to talk with strangers, and to seek out out which motion pictures are getting good “buzz.”
Altitude • Park Metropolis is 7,000 toes above sea ranges, and even Salt Lake Metropolis residents can really feel a little bit of the oxygen deprivation—so you may think about how dangerous altitude illness hits the flatlanders from the coasts. Keep hydrated. Additionally, if you are going to Park Metropolis for the events, keep in mind that alcohol hits more durable at altitude, so take it straightforward with the booze.
Keep wholesome • “Pageant crud” is actual, and a fantastic many individuals who go to Sundance come again feeling sick. (Within the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a rumor that the coronavirus hit Park Metropolis even earlier than it acquired the cruise ships — but when that had been true, Utah would have been floor zero.) Carry hand sanitizer, wash your fingers ceaselessly, and it will not damage you to put on a masks indoors. And, sure, get your flu shot and your COVID boosters earlier than you go to the pageant.
Concessions • The foundations for foods and drinks range amongst Park Metropolis’s venues. Some permit meals into the auditorium, whereas others do not. (The Eccles, notoriously, has for years allowed solely water bottles contained in the theater.) You may study the foundations rapidly sufficient as you go to every venue.
Decide motion pictures • The rule of thumb is that this: The larger the film star, the extra seemingly the film can be taking part in on the native multiplex in a couple of months. (Brandon Cronenberg’s “Infinity Pool” will open in some theaters on Jan. 27, earlier than the pageant is over.) Take a threat and decide one thing that seemingly won’t ever make its manner again to Utah once more.
FOMO • Even with this yr’s pageant a bit smaller than within the pre-COVID days, the sensation that you simply’re lacking out on one thing large will weigh on a festivalgoer. That is how Sundance is designed, in order that there are 5 or 6 actually cool issues occurring at any given second, and an attendee won’t ever get to partake of all of them. Embrace that, and benefit from the cool factor you might be doing.