TCM Classic Film Festival – Day 1

Written by Larry Gleeson

The 13th TCM Classic Film Festival kicked off for a full day of events, films and talks. It all started with the “TCM Meet”, an event designed specifically to share employee insights about the network, how it was produced and what’s next. In addition, the hugely popular “So You Think You Know Movies” competition was packed to the rafters of the Roosevelt Hotel as movie fans and movie fanatics competed for it in this fun-filled annual competition headed by Bruce Goldstein, founder of Rialto Pictures and program director Reference at Film Forum in New York. This year’s opening night reception was held poolside at The Hollywood Roosevelt. Without further ado, the 40th anniversary of ET the Extra-Terrestrial at TCL Chinese Theater IMAX has officially opened the 2022 festival.

Check out some of the highlights!

LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 21: (LR) Head of Kids, Youth and Classics at Warner Bros. Entertainment Tom Ascheim, Chairman and Chief Content Officer, US Networks Group, for Warner Bros. Discovery Kathleen Finch, special guest Steven Spielberg, general manager of Turner Classic Movies Pola Changnon, and TCM host Ben Mankevich attend the 40th Anniversary Screening of ET the Extra-Terrestrial during opening night at the 2022 TCM Classic Film Festival at TCL China Theater on April 21, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephanie Keenan/Getty Images for TCM)

  • Opening night screening of ET the Extra-Terrestrial featuring a conversation with director Steven Spielberg
Los Angeles, CA – APRIL 21: <> On April 21, 2022 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Stephanie Keenan/Getty Images for TCM)

  • Film historian and author Carrie Beauchamp celebrates the 90th anniversary of The Jewel Robbery with an out of stock show
TCM host Dave Karger and special guest Topher Grace speak at the Fast Times Show at Ridgemont High (1982) Poolside at the Hollywood Roosevelt during the 2022 TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, California.

  • Special guest Topher Grace and TCM host Dave Karger attend the “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” poolside screening

Stay tuned for Day Two including Lily Tomlin’s Hand and Footprint Gala!

Larry Gleeson attends Lily Tomlin’s Hand and Footprint Concert at TCL China Theater during day two of the 2022 TCM Classic Film Festival.

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