Sundance Film Festival: Opening Night in Park City

Sundance Film Festival: Opening Night in Park City

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- For the first time in its 25 years, the Sundance Film Festival will hold its opening night event in Park City instead of Salt Lake City.

Next year's festival will run Jan. 15-25. Jill Miller, managing director of the Sundance Institute, said the Opening Night Premiere will be held in Park City, and the following evening, there will be another premiere event in Salt Lake City.

Miller said the move will make it easier for patrons.

"Many of our festival-goers arrive in Salt Lake City on Thursday, then travel to Park City to register and check into their hotels," she said. "It was hard for them to go back to Salt Lake City that evening."

Festival officials haven't determined the specific venues for either city.

The opening-night switch was first disclosed by actor-director Robert Redford, the founder of the institute, during an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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