Saturday, 23 August 2008

TIFF'08 Premium Tickets - Roy Thomson Hall and Elgin

A reminder that premium tickets for screenings at Roy Thomson Hall and "Visa Screening" room at the Elgin go on sale Saturday August 23, 2008.

Check out the Gala schedule and "Visa Screening" room at the Elgin schedule. These include many of the high profile films such as Passchendaele, Adoration, Blindness, Stone of Destiny, Burn After Reading, Empty Nest, Che, Appoloosa, RocknRolla, The Wrestler and The Good, The Bad,the Weird.

These premium tickets are $37.38 (not including service charges) can be purchased:
-by phone 416-968-FILM / toll-free at 1-877-968-FILM
-in person TIFFG Box Office at Manulife Centre (Bay/Bloor) as of 10:00am

Box Office information notes that there is a limit of four tickets per screening, per account. Also if the premium tickets are noted as OFFSALE, they recommend to continue to check back as new inventory may become available.

Single tickets for regular screenings go on sale Wednesday September 3, 2008.

See TIFF'08 site for full details on tickets, box office and film schedule.

Update as of Saturday August 23, 2008 at 7:30PM, six screenings are ‘OFF SALE’:

The Secret Life of Bees, Friday September 5, 2008 – 6:30PM
Burn After Reading, Friday September 5, 2008 – 9:30PM
Rachel Getting Married, Saturday September 6, 2008 – 6:30PM
The Duchess, Sunday September 7, 2008 – 6:30PM
Nothing But the Truth, Monday September 8, 2008 – 6:30PM
Pride and Glory, Tuesday September 9, 2008 – 6:30PM

I'm a little surprized only 6 have gone offsale, I thought more at this point. I know I'm waiting for the official film schedule to be released to see if any of the films from this lot will be in screenings that are available through passes before shelling out the near $40. It is a risk as waiting that long they could become unavailable.

The Toronto International Film Festival 2008 runs from September 4-13/08 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Ryan McNeil said...

I was dismayed to see that one of my most desired films will ONLY be screening at The Visa (BLINDNESS). I'm going to have to think long and hard before shelling out $40 on that one.

Thankfully an email to TIFF confirmed that the two CHE movies will have additional non-VSR showings (phew!).

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

OH, I am so sorry to hear that Blindness will only be in the expensive/non pass screenings - I know you have been looking forward to it.

On the bright side, it is schedule for regular release Oct 3 - so if you don't go to one at TIFF you will still be able to see it.

I'm impressed they let you know that Che will be playing non-premium. The one I'm hoping for is The Good The Bad The Weird, maybe I'll ask!

Paul said...

Yay! Che will have non-premium screenings!

I'm assuming it'll be a ticket for each though... that's ok.

Yeah, none of the Gala or VSR ones are available to ticket packages (at least, that's what the TIFF website says).

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

From the TIFF site:

"Premium Tickets are Gala Screenings at Roy Thomson Hall and presentations at the Visa Screening Room at the Elgin Theatre."


As I read that, it means screenings at RTH and Elgin are premium price, and off limits to passholders.

If there is a Gala film screening somewhere other than RTH or Elgin "Visa screening room", it should be available on your pass (subject to pass restrictions i.e. daytime must start before 5:01 pm, etc).

In the past I've seen Gala films at Ryerson, or back in the day at the Uptown.

Paul said...

Alas, nay... if you see the site, the secondary screenings of the galas appear to also be off limits (they appear to be premium tickets for things like "Burn Before Reading").

Ryan McNeil said...

See, that was what surprised me the most...the fact that the second "daytime" screenings in the VSR were likewise considered premium.

I understand charging more for the evening shows where celebs show up for introductions, but why would anyone want to pay $40 to see MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA at 11am on a Tuesday?? Withe the premiere being two days before, I'd be surprised if Spike Lee even shows for that screening.

I get the feeling TIFF is only test-driving this idea, since only six of the VSR films will screen there twice. Still, somehow I wonder if this will lead to a lot of leftover tickets for these showings.

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

Hold yer horses, the complete film schedule hasn't been released yet so we don't know for sure about the additional screenings.

The easiest way to remember what is Premium/off limits to passholders is that it's about the *venue* not the *program*.

If a film is at Roy Thomson Hall or The Elgin screening Room, its around $40 and you cannot use your pass (10, 30, day, etc) to see it.

It's too early to say whether or not you can see these films on your pass at other locations yet. The complete film schedule will not be available until tomorrow, Tuesday August 26/08.

I'll be very curious to hear how full the screenings at the Elgin are.

I also wonder considering the total films in th festival is less than last year, if that means the films will screen more times.

We will know tomorrow!

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