Famous Cinema Events in Utah

Park City Film Festivals

Not all of Park City’s action takes place on the slopes as the city plays host to a variety of cultural and artistic events throughout the year. Of course, some of our most action-packed events are star-studded and reminiscent of Hollywood as we roll out the red carpet for our annual film festivals.

Park City Film Festival

The Park City Film Festival celebrates the work of filmmakers from around the globe in a setting that’s open to film enthusiasts of all ages. This summer tradition not only screens exciting films but holds galas, celebrity receptions, and panel discussions with film industry veterans and professionals. Topics for these panels range from themes in film to filmmaking techniques.

The 2016 theme inspired filmmakers to showcase their productions that elevate the human spirit. The 2016 festival was the inaugural event at the Eccles Theater and the 2017 lineup will be available soon. The event is about four days and screens more than 30 films with tickets available on the website.

Sundance Film Festival

Park City is proud to welcome the Sundance Film Festival in January. The Sundance Institute was founded by Robert Redford in Sundance, Utah as a nonprofit to help independent artists and storytellers share their original experiences without commercial pressures. The 2017 festival will be January 19 – 29 at various venues around the city. The films cover a variety of mediums from award winners to world documentaries and there are film and music panels scheduled during the festival.

Passes start at $300 for the Grand Theatre Pass with access to all screenings at the Grand Theatre and go up to the Express Pass at $3,500 (available through Sundance Circle). Otherwise, individual tickets are $20 and can be purchased online or at the box office.

If you can’t get passes or tickets there are a variety of free events, concerts, and panels you are welcome to attend.

Park City Film Series

The Park City Film Series is another excellent option for catching independent films, documentaries, and features from around the world. The film series originated with the Park City Arts Council but is now an official Sundance Institute Art House Project Theater. Housed in the Jim Santy Auditorium at the Park City Library, this nonprofit also runs community programs including its Books 2 Movies, Foreign Cinema… For Kids!, Reel Community Series, The Annual Filmmakers Showcase, and The Summit County Fair Film Contest.

Tickets are sold at the door or online with pickup at will call. General admission is $8 though students and seniors get a dollar discount or you can purchase a 10-pass punch card for $65. Films are screened year-round with a schedule available online.

Beyond film festivals there are a variety of other cultural, food and beverage, and themed events in Park City to enjoy during a stay here.