To celebrate its 15th year, the festival has the honor of hosting Closing and Opening Nights at the two of the most illustrious screening rooms in San Francisco: the Premier Theater at Lucasfilm and Dolby Cinema at the Dolby Laboratories headquarters.
Opening Night at Lucasfilm
Opening Night will take place at Lucasfilm’s Premier Theater in the historic Letterman Digital Arts Center in San Francisco’s Presidio. Lucasfilm is among the world’s leading production companies, a pioneer in visual effects and sound across multiple mediums, and is home to the legendary Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, as well as the iconic Yoda Fountain.
Experience the magic for yourself at the Opening Night. The evening will feature a screening of “The Last Note.” Director Pantelis Voulgaris, a Greek film legend, will be presented the Astron Honorary Award on behalf of the festival. Come early to mingle with the director, as well as producer Yiannis Iakovidis and writer Ioanna Karystiani. Due to venue restrictions, there will not be an Opening Night Reception.
There is a limited amount of paid parking in the garage. Taking public transportation or a taxi is strongly encouraged. Tickets will likely sell out, so purchase your tickets in advance.
Photos courtesy of Industrial Light & Magic.
Closing Night at Dolby Cinema
The Closing Night reception and screening will take place at Dolby Cinema at 1275 Market in the Dolby Laboratories. Considered by some as the best cinema in the world, this state-of-the-art facility is complete with Dolby Atmos audio and Dolby Vision, creating an unrivaled experience of sight and sound. Located in the heart of Mid-Market, the entrance is easily seen from Market Street, with a rotation of captivating images on a ribbon designed by artists from around the world.
On this momentous occasion, the festival will present the first-ever Spyros P. Skouras Lifetime Achievement Award to Paramount CEO Jim Gianopulos.
There is a limited amount parking in the Dolby garage at 35 9th Street. Taking public transportation or a taxi is strongly encouraged. If taking a taxi, get driving directions to 35 9th Street. Tickets will likely sell out, so purchase your tickets in advance.
Spyros Skouras (left) with Alan Freedman, 1960.