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Festival Headquarters Opens in New Violet Crown

by JennyM on October 28, 2015

Virginia Film Festival to Open Downtown Festival Headquarters at Brand New Violet Crown Cinema Wednesday, October 28

Get An Exclusive First Look at Spectacular New Facility Before it Opens to the Public This Weekend!

Festival Also Announces Mystery Sneak Preview of Major Upcoming Hollywood Release Including Conversation with Academy Award-Nominated Filmmakers

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – October 27, 2015 – The Virginia Film Festival is opening its Downtown Festival Headquarters at the brand new Violet Crown Cinema at the Downtown Mall on Wednesday, October 28. Come get an exclusive first look at this beautiful new facility before it opens to the public this weekend…and hear from VFF Director Jody Kielbasa about the upcoming Festival.

The Virginia Film Festival is presented by the University of Virginia and the Office of the Provost and Vice Provost for the Arts.

The VFF Festival Headquarters will be open from Monday through Saturday, noon to 6:00 PM, and Sunday from noon to 5:00 PM and will be your one-stop shop for VFF tickets and merchandise!

Interviews with VFF and Violet Crown officials plus tours of the facility will be available from 10:00 AM until noon on Wednesday.

The Virginia Film Festival is coming up from November 5-8 and will feature more than 120 films in addition to special guests including Meg Ryan, Oliver Stone, noted film historian and critic Leonard Maltin, social change pioneer Larry Kramer, and more.

Advance tickets for the VFF are also available online at; in-person at the U.Va. Arts Box Office in the Drama Building; or by phone at 434-924-3376.

Violet Crown Charlottewsville, which will serve as a primary screening venue for this year’s VFF, is a state-of-the-art ten screen cinema showing the best in arthouse, independent, regional, and Hollywood studio films, and featuring smaller, more intimate auditoriums, reserved stadium seating, and state of the art projection and sound. The facility will offer traditional movie theater concessions along with a café featuring chef prepared entrees with an emphasis on seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, and a bar featuring 38 taps of rotating beer, wine and cider, along with a signature craft cocktail menu.

Festival officials also announced a “mystery screening” – a sneak preview of a soon-to-be-released, star-studded Hollywood movie – on Saturday, November 7 at 9:00 PM at The Paramount Theater. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the film’s Academy Award-nominated filmmakers. Tickets for the screening will go on sale at noon on Wednesday.

For more information on the Virginia Film Festival visit

For more information on Violet Crown Charlottesville, visit