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Sundance festival cuts the wait for theatergoers

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 6, 2014 at 9:47 am •  Published: January 6, 2014

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Waiting for hours in the cold will no longer be necessary to grab a last-minute ticket at the Sundance Film Festival at Park City.

Organizers have created an electronic wait list to resolve the inconvenience.

It allows festivalgoers to check on ticket availability "from the comfort of your home or wherever you are," David Sabour, Sundance's manager of ticketing systems, told the Deseret News of Salt Lake City ( "This is just one of the ways we're looking to improve the guest experience at the festival."

For years, people hoping to squeeze into a theater had to arrive two hours early to grab a number and return again to wait for a chance for a seat.

All that will be a thing of the past when the Sundance Festival opens Jan. 16 for a 10-day run.

Festivalgoers can get on the electronic wait list by opening an account at That lets them reserve a line position using their mobile devices.

The Sundance Film Festival will premiere 117 independent feature films and 11 documentaries this month, its 30th festival.

"No film is ever really sold out. I think with this new system, it's going to make the festival more accessible," said Jacqueline Landry, senior manager of theater operations for the Sundance Film Festival. "It can be a last-minute decision. You can decide two hours before that you want to see a film."

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