Myth 1: Waitlist tickets are given two hours in advance of the film’s start time for a theater’s first screening if it’s after 12 p.m.
No matter the time, for a theater’s first screening, waitlist begins one hour in advance of the start time, say Sundance officials at the Rose Wagner Theatre. However, depending on the film’s popularity, it might be beneficial to line up prior to the one hour for a better chance at getting in.
Myth 2: Waitlisting is hopeless. I heard that all the movies are sold out, and I don’t have a chance to get it.
Sure, some screenings are hopeless, especially if there’s a lot of buzz around the film or you were tardy in picking up your waitlist ticket. But, I’ve asked volunteers, staff, and general movie-goers at screenings and in general this week, and the consensus is that lots of people have had success so far. Also, keep in mind, the bigger the venue, the more seats are likely to become free. Eccles, Library Theatre and Egyptian Theatre are Park City’s biggest, while Rose Wagner and Tower Theatre are Salt Lake City’s.
Myth 3: Waitlisting is a huge pain in the ass for me, and if a show is sold out, I’m out of luck.
Tickets that have been reserved or saved for one reason or another are dropped to the ticket office the morning of a screening. So, the general public who visit the Box Offices early in the morning might have some luck. They open at 8 a.m. until the end of the fest.
Good luck. And for more Sundance Film Festival coverage, including movie reviews, go here.