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Free Screening of "CHEF" Thursday June 19th with Roy Choi

There is a free screening of the Chowhound must see wonderful new film "Chef "with in person guests Roy Choi and Evan Kleiman this Thursday Night 7pm at downtown LA's restored Million Dollar Theater plus Food Trucks. GCM will stay open till 7pm for snacks before the film. You must make reservations at this link to attend:

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  1. ...after the show, Evan Kleiman will sit down with Roy Choi to talk about the movie.

    1. Edit: I had the date wrong. it is THURSDAY JUNE 19th...

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          1. re: wienermobile

            since it's next thurs, yeah, i'm gonna sign up to go, if there's spots left… and it's free and at the million dollar theater sounds great.

            1. re: kevin

              It's June 19th a week from this Thursday…. don't wait to sign up it will fill up.

              1. re: wienermobile

                i just signed up though i have seen the film already, for what it's worth.

        1. I loved this film. Hope everybody gets a chance to see it.

          1. Oh, good find, w-mobile! Thank you.

            I just had my first A-Frame meal this weekend, so Roy Choi has been on my mind. Been dying to check out that theater, too.

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            1. re: spoonlicker

              Beautiful 1920's restored theater across the street from Grand Central Market (open till 7pm that night because of the screening) and there should be a lively discussion after. Plus after we can finally all try Roy Choi's Cuban Sandwich.

            2. As of today 6/11 you can still make a reservation. Screening is not yet full!

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              1. re: wienermobile

                Screening won't be full until they fill it next Thursday. It's like TV show tapings. Your reservation basically gives you a chance to line up to get in, but it's not guaranteed. From the email confirmation:

                "Registration opens at 6:00 pm. Tickets are distributed to reservation holders on a first-come, first-served basis and only to the person(s) present at registration.

                "We will release unclaimed reservations at 6:45 pm."

                So basically they'll start handing tickets out at 6 pm, so if you want to make sure you get in, line up early.*

                *I don't know what the capacity of the theatre is, or how many people will show up, so it's absolutely possible that they can seat everyone who registered online who shows up and still have seats left over.

              2. OK, who here went to this, and how was it?

                I missed it, dagnabbit.

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                1. re: spoonlicker

                  I was there last night. A great event overall. The movie has an indie-feel to it, so watching it in that restored theater with probably 1000 other people made it pretty special. And it helped that it was a movie that took the effort to showcase food. The 1000-foodie crowd reacted to shots of grilled cheese crust and slicing barbeque with audible moans of pleasure. Altogether, it was the most unique way to experience the film.

                  Roy Choi sent Jon Favreau a picture of the line and convinced him to drive to LA to join in on the interview session after the movie, and he added great insight.

                  Thanks for the tip to a wonderful evening.

                  1. re: ah6tyfour

                    Ha ha ha...I'm hearing those groans of pleasure in my mind's ear. Food porn on the big screen...ooh baby.

                    There really is something special about being in a theater full of like-minded folks. (Going to surf movies or ski movies scratches that itch for me.)

                    Tell me -- were people respectful about keeping their dopey phones out of sight, or was it the usual movie theater sea of little blue screens?

                    1. re: spoonlicker

                      The grilled cheese sandwich was pretty early on in the movie and when the camera moved in for a shot of that perfectly golden brown crust ready to be flipped, the collective moan just felt right. The while audience seemed in sync throughout the movie. Definitely made it more enjoyable.

                      Phones were out before the movie and again when Roy Choi came out after the movie, but there were no phones or during the movie. I was seated pretty far back in the theater on the main floor and never noticed a phone. Definitely a crowd fully invested in the movie.

                2. Hey, for a moment there, standing in the three block line that didn't move, I was cursing the reccomendation. Somehow they really botched up getting it moving. But they held the show, got everyone in and having Favreau show up along with Choi made for a fun event. Especially as the film was quite good, with a real foodie appeal. The line deprived a lot of people of the chance to hit Grand Central for a Belcampo cheeseburger, but we had a good meal at Terroni after the show.
                  Thank you for the recco.

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                  1. re: john gonzales

                    Glad you enjoyed the movie and the event. I initially didn't plan on going because I knew that for the organization, this was a rather ambitous event. But I ALMOST went yesterday just because I wanted to support GCM being open later, sadly it was not in the cards. I hope other folks got to visit it and they might consider the option, at least for summer.


                    1. re: Dommy

                      GCM will be opening until 9p R-Su starting next week!



                      1. re: Dommy

                        I know you meant Thursday thru Saturday nights...

                    2. re: john gonzales

                      Really wished I could have gone. Just didn't work out. I did assume Favreau would show up as a surprise guest. It's in LA. It's his movie. What else is he gonna do?

                      1. re: wienermobile

                        Favreau does look like a portly hound. :)

                        As one once said, never trust a skinny chef ????????