TCM Film Festival Returns to Hollywood After 3-Year Hiatus

TCM Film Festival at the classic TCL Chinese Theatre. Photo credit: Turner Classic Movies.

Savor classic movies the way they were meant to be seen – on the big screen – when the TCM Film Festival returns to Hollywood on April 21-24. 

The 2022 edition of Turner Classic Movies‘ beloved film festival is the first in three years. The global pandemic prevented the 2020 and 2021 editions of the festival that attracts fans of all ages from all over the US and all around the world. 

As always, the center of the festivities will be the classic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. This historic Spanish Colonial Revival venue, dating back to 1927, was the site of the very first Academy Awards.

Screenings will take place at the TCL Chinese Theater IMAX, the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, and the Hollywood Legion Theater at Post 43.

Steven Spielberg will attend the opening-night festivities, featuring a screening in honor of the 40th anniversary of his “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.” Lily Tomlin will be honored with a hand and footprint ceremony in the courtyard of the TCL Chinese Theater.

Mink Stole, star of “Pink Flamingos,” “Polyester,” “Hairspray” and every other John Waters feature film, will discuss her work at a screening of “Polyester,” while Richard Benjamin will be on hand to discuss “The Last of Sheila,” a 1973 crime film he appeared in with Raquel Welch, James Coburn, and James Mason.

Leonard Maltin will be presented with the third annual Robert Osborne Award in gratitude for his continuing work keeping classic films on the forefront. 

This year’s central theme is “All Together Now: Back to the Big Screen.” While the festival’s complete schedule has yet to be announced, confirmed screenings include pre-codes “Baby Face” (restored with original dialogue and ending), “Counsellor at Law,” and “Jewel Robbery.” Also screening: “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Sting,” the 1937 version of “A Star is Born,” Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’ second film, “The Gay Divorcee,” “After the Thin Man,” “Angels with Dirty Faces,” Jackie Chan’s 1994 “Drunken Master II,” and Josephine Baker in the rarely seen 1945 film “The French Way.”

The screenings are made possible thanks to loans from Hollywood studios, notable film archives, and private collectors. Each screening features an introduction, often with notable stars, directors, and other important filmland figures, to bring context to the film. 

To ensure safety, attendees will be subject to applicable federal, state, and local safety precautions in place at the time of the event. TCM may implement additional safety precautions to be determined. Festival attendees may need to comply with mandatory masking, social distancing, capacity limits, negative test results verification, and/or proof of vaccination.

Tickets to individual screenings are $20, or $10 for students with ID. Festival passes begin at $399. For more information, click here.

Karin E. Baker

About Karin E. Baker

Karin E. Baker is a native Angeleno who loves the eateries, history, nature, architecture, and art of her hometown. When not exploring poke shacks in Kona, tascas in Córdoba, and konditoris in Malmö, she writes about food, culture, lifestyle and travel. She obsesses over comma usage and classic films and is always happy to find an excuse to open a bottle of champagne.
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