Primetime Emmy’s 2018 Red Carpet Bleachers

September 17, 2018

I’ve been lucky enough to get to sit in the bleachers of the Primetime Emmy’s red carpet.  It was a very hot September day in downtown Los Angeles when I was in the bleachers for the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards.  The staff for the bleachers made sure to have water available for us to drink to stay hydrated in the intense heat.  The bleachers are also partially shaded so most of us aren’t in the direct sunlight. 

If you ever get the chance to sit in the bleacher for the Emmy’s be sure to bring a small handheld fan and a phone charger or two.  They only allowed us to bring a small clutch or a medium sized clear bag, and no “professional” cameras.  If the lens can be removed, they consider that a “professional” camera.  Some fixed lens non-SLR cameras they didn’t allow, either, but there’s some inconsistency there.  I apologize in advance as I only had my older model smartphone to take photos with. 

It can be very slow for about an hour or so once you are seated in the bleachers, and I highly suggest charging your phone and not using it during this lull.  You are given a swag bag when you arrive at the bleachers which usually contains a People Magazine as they are usually one of the sponsors for the bleachers experience so you’ll have something to read.  There will also be a camera crew or two filming the fans in the bleachers, often asking you to hold up a particular item from your swag bag for the sponsors or to just stand up and cheer excitedly for the cameras. 

The bleachers are situated at the end of the red carpet so you are seeing the celebrities just before they enter the venue. It will start as a trickle, then it gets really crazy about thirty minutes before the telecast is scheduled to begin.  Quite a few celebrities will wave and say hi to the fans when the fans start screaming their names.  If it’s not during the rush, many celebrities will stop and say hi.  Selfies are difficult because the bleachers are set quite high up.  Some of the celebrities are willing (this was pre-COVID) to take your phone and do a selfie to get you in the background.  I really enjoy watching the celebrities meet the people they are fans of.  At this show the Queer Eye guys were really excited to meet Sandra Oh who was there with her parents, and they all took a photo together.  It was great to watch them, and I don’t think Sandra Oh’s parents had any clue who these men were.

The Tomorrow War Red Carpet Premiere

Los Angeles, CA

June 30, 2021

There was a truck parked near the doors to the stadium complete with a little smoke and periodic sound effects which startled me as I waited in line for the security screening. Once inside the stadium we picked up our complimentary concessions and proceeded back outside to our seats.

Chris McKay, director of The Tomorrow War, and star Chris Pratt said a few words of thanks to the studio, producers, and the crew prior to the screening starting. Being outdoors in June required the screening to start later than most screenings after 8:30pm. The movie is a bit long so I was quite grateful for the cushioned seats at the Banc of California Stadium. These seats were unexpected for an outdoor sports complex, and they were very comfortable. My only complaint about the seats is the way they are designed/installed caused your seat to move whenever a person in your row within 3 or 4 seats of you leaned back, forward, or even shifted around.

Overall, we found The Tomorrow War to be an entertaining alien movie, and we had a great time attending our first post-COVID premiere. It also gave us a chance to see inside the new Banc of California Stadium.

Photo of the exterior of Banc of California Stadium taken through a dirty car window

Note: Photos of the actors on the red carpet taken from 150-ish yards away on a Samsung Galaxy S21+

John Wick : Chapter 3 – Parabellum Red Carpet Premiere

John Wick : Chapter 3 – Parabellum Red Carpet Premiere

By Veronica Nunez

Black Carpet after arrivals
Black Carpet after arrivals

The third installment of the John Wick films held its red carpet premiere at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre on May 15, 2019.  Those of us who had lined up early with our fan passes were placed into a small area at the entrance to the red carpet (black carpet in this instance) where we could possibly get an autograph or selfie with the arriving celebrities.  Most of the fans bunched up on the end where the carpet began.  There was a large empty spot near the street, and that’s where I placed myself as I would be able to see the premiere guests exit their vehicles.  I was a mere three feet from the drop-off entrance of the black carpet.

Fan area

Some surprising celebrity appearances were David Hasselhoff, Alex Winter (perhaps not that surprising), and Gavin Rossdale.  Gavin Rossdale approached the carpet entrance from the opposite corner (cars pulled in from Highland Avenue east of where I was).  He was walking with his girlfriend, and, I believe, the rest of Bush were behind him.  I looked to my right, and there was Gavin walking in my direction.  I yelled “Gavin!” in surprise and he smiled and waved.  I didn’t ask for a photo, but took a few of him while he walked.  He and his girlfriend left the premiere shortly after they arrived, and as they were leaving, other fans were screaming his name and he turned his head.  I waved and yelled “Bye, Gavin!”, and he waved and smiled.  I discovered that Bush has a song on the John Wick : 3 – Parabellum soundtrack shortly after the premiere.

I knew Keanu Reeves’ car was arriving as his handler was telling the Los Angeles Police officers that he had Keanu coming right now and he (Keanu) will want to go across the street (that’s where autograph hunters and fans were lined up).  He needed the police to help stop traffic so that Keanu could cross safely.  Mark Dacascos and David Hasselhoff were the only other celebrities to go to the fans across the street.

During the celebrity arrivals, I was texting with a friend, and I sent him the pictures of Halle Berry.  He mentioned that if I got some pictures of Keanu Reeves, he would score major points with a friend of his who loves Keanu.  I texted him quite a few pictures of Keanu as you see here.

After the arrivals were finished, we waited to be given our tickets to go into the theater for the screening.  I didn’t get into the screening as they had run out of tickets. I was a little annoyed since other premieres with fan areas will give you your ticket prior to sending you into the fan area.  I still had a great time, but I wasn’t thrilled to pay the $17 parking fee after not getting into the screening.

Jurassic World : Fallen Kingdom Premiere

Jurassic World : Fallen Kingdom Premiere

By Veronica Nunez

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom screen at the Walt Disney Concert Hall

The Jurassic World : Fallen Kingdom Los Angeles Premiere was held at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, a facility designed by famed architect Frank Gehry and not known for screening films. I was surprised at the venue to say the least, but there was also an incredible Jurassic World activation, which took up an entire city block in downtown Los Angeles.

There had free custom screen-printed t-shirts being given away, but they were out of the blank shirts by the time I had arrived. They were just handing out pre-printed Jurassic World t-shirts by the time I had arrived. There were various dinosaurs on display inside and outside the activation.

They were also handing out bags of Skittles candies. There were VR simulators, too. I walked around taking pictures of everything while waiting for my guest to arrive. Once inside we got our popcorn and drinks and headed to our seats, which were on the upper level.

I never learned why a movie premiere was held at a classical music venue, but it was a fun experience.

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View of the screen from my seat inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall