Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Getting our tickets. Or not.

Four-thirty rolls around and we head back out to the street, but before going back to the box office, I want to see if I can get a closer picture of the Hollywood sign overlooking the area. It’s to the northeast of us, and I know it’s not visible from this stretch of Hollywood Boulevard, but I’m wondering if I can get a glimpse of it on a side street.

We walk east to Highland Avenue and turn north. After half a block or so… yep, there it is, just barely appearing above and between some buildings. I take a couple of pictures, and we reverse course.

After braving the hawker/costume/CD-pusher gauntlet again, we arrive at the box office… to find that it’s still closed. Hmm. Not much to do but hang out and wait.

Even more numerous than the workers setting up the Theatre courtyard are dark-suited security guards, all with patches on their suit coats reading “Special Event Management,” and most sporting walkie-talkies. One lady so attired tries to shoo us away from the barricade, thinking we’re there to gawk at the red carpet arrivals three hours from now. Heh. As if. I explain that we’re waiting for the box office to open, and she turns and leaves us alone with a disdainful sniff.

Hey, lady – do you even know who we are? We (theoretically) have tickets to the event you’re guarding, so mind the attitude. People will line the barricades to see us arrive, not the other way around!

Yeah, maybe not.

Okay, 4:30 is well past us, and still no box office attendant. Even though the main Chinese Theatre is closed to the public for the premiere, there are still six other screens that they manage here, and those shows are starting soon, so you’d think they get someone here to open their box office.

At about 4:45 a guy comes into the box office… and then promptly leaves. What is up? I finally get the attention of one of the other security guards behind the barricades to ask if he knows how we’re supposed to get our tickets, and he points to a table set up behind him, to the side of the Theatre courtyard, and says that that will be Will Call for the event – but it won’t open until 6 or 6:30.

Okay, we don’t have our tickets, but at least we know more than we did.

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