FBF: Transcendence Premiere

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Transcendence Premiere
Los Angeles, CA
April 10, 2014
Westwood Village Theater set up for the Transcendence premiere
Westwood Village Theater

When I got the passes for the Transcendence premiere, I was hoping it would be a good movie.  I was seriously disappointed, but I did manage to see Johnny Depp doing interviews on the red carpet while I was walking towards the theater.  The premiere was held at the Westwood Village Theater.  There are a handful of theaters where studios hold their Red Carpet Premieres in the Los Angeles area.  These theaters have one thing in common, they all have numbered seats.  The theater used most often is the TCL (formerly Grauman’s) Chinese Theatre in Hollywood next to the Hollywood and Highland Center.  The Westwood Village Theater is probably the second most used followed by the “Premiere” theater at the Regal Cinemas at LA Live in Downtown Los Angeles.  There used to be more premieres held at the Cinerama Dome at the ArcLight Theaters in Hollywood, but its seems to have fallen out of favor for the studios.  Disney holds their premieres at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, but will also rent the TCL Chinese Theatre as “overflow” for its larger premieres such as the Marvel films.  Some films will have their premieres as the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.  The Dolby is inside the Hollywood and Highland Center and it’s also wear the Academy Awards are held every year.  Each of these theaters has a minimum of 1000 seats with the Dolby Theatre having over 3000 seats available.  Of the theaters I’ve listed, the Cinerama Dome is the least “pretty” as it doesn’t have the plush seating nor was there any consideration for décor.

Johnny Depp being interviewed
Johnny Depp being interviewed.
No matter how bad the film is, going to a premiere is still fun (the one possible exception was the Divergent premiere), and I don’t mind waiting in line for 2-3 hours to get in.  This was the last premiere, and the last screening, I have gone to with one of my friends as she was pregnant at this premiere and having the little one makes it difficult for her to join me.  I usually go to screenings and premieres alone, and I don’t think anything of it.  Sometimes being a “single” ticket can work to your advantage for seating, too.
My ticket for the Transcendence premiere
My Ticket