(KUTV) -- The 2019 Sundance Film Festival is here, but the festival now expands way beyond Park City. Josh Elstein, Program Manager for the Center for Arts & Media at Salt Lake Community College, appeared on Fresh Living to talk about all the great things happening at the Grand Theatre for Sundance.
The Sundance Film Festival has been getting more and more popular, and with a need in the Salt Lake Valley for a large venue, the Grand Theatre was a perfect fit. It’s the fifth year in a row that SLCC and Sundance Institute have partnered to bring independent filmmaking to more theater goers as the festival grows in popularity. The Grand Theatre is currently the festival’s second largest venue (the largest in the Salt Lake Valley), with a seating capacity of more than 1,100.
Movies are shown at the Grand on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for two weekends during the festival, with plenty of free parking on site at South City Campus. This year, there will be 19 screenings and 9 premieres at the Grand. The theatre hosts movies that make their world premieres in the Grand, with introductions and riveting Q&A sessions that bring movie stars, directors and celebrities to the stage. Previous years have brought filmmakers and stars like former Vice President Al Gore, Viggo Mortensen, and Daniel Radcliffe to the Grand Theatre stage. The atmosphere for each premiere, as you can imagine, is exciting and electric.
Being a film venue during the festival has brought excellent exposure to our incredible Center for Arts & Media, which boasts some of the most advanced technology and resources in Utah for students studying film, television, music production, radio and more. SLCC students who enjoy filmmaking or just watching movies have benefited as well, with many free tickets to premieres going directly to students.
You can find films and show times at the Grand Theatre on the Sundance Film Festival website.
There's plays, musicals, concerts, and events that happen at the Grand Theatre year round. You can find a full calendar of those events by going to GrandTheatreCompany.com.