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L.A. Live's Regal Cinemas Opening Early to Host Jackson Film

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, September 21, 2009, at 08:54PM
Jackson Banner Ed Fuentes

In July, fans filled this banner outside Staples Center with signatures and messages for the deceased Michael Jackson.

Scheduled to open in mid-November, L.A. Live's Regal Cinemas will be moving its premiere up a few weeks to host October 27 screenings for the Michael Jackson film "This Is It," which features footage from the singer's final rehearsals at Staples Center.

All 14 screens will show the Jackson picture on day one, but the facility will quickly transition into full operation.

While some Downtowners may plan to attend the MJ screenings, most will just be excited to see the cinemas open. AEG said today that parking plans for the facility have been set, and that four hours of parking in the lot across Olympic will be $5 with a theater validation. That duration can be extended with a second validation from one of L.A. Live's restaurants.

The Regal will join select sites worldwide in premiering the Jackson film at midnight, eastern time (9pm here on the west coast). Tickets for those very first screenings will only be sold on-site at L.A. Live, with 3,000 seats available for purchase at midnight on Sunday, September 27 (limit two per person).

The first 500 to buy a pair of tickets will get special lenticular (sort of like a hologram) tickets printed for Jackson's "This Is It" shows, which had been set to take place in London.

AEG expects demand to be high, and is inviting fans to line up starting Thursday, September 24, at 5pm. Fans must stay in line until tickets go on-sale, with line monitors handing out passes for bathroom trips, food breaks, and for those who need to leave line to catch a show at Staples Center or Club Nokia.

Tickets for other showings, starting at midnight on October 28, will be available online. Full details are available on L.A. Live's website.

Nokia Theatre L.A. Live will host the film's red carpet premiere, also to be held on October 27th.

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