3 things you need to know to get ready for Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham

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The time has finally come! Photo via Sidewalk Film’s Facebook

Sidewalk Film’s 23rd annual festival starts today and the box office is officially open. With multiple theatre locations and tons of movies in store, this week-long event is the place to be. Here is everything you need to know to partake in all the fun.

1. Stop by the box office

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Which film are you most excited to see on the big screen? Photo via Sidewalk Film Festival

Tickets and passes can be purchased at the central box office in The Pizitz building on the corner of 2nd Avenue North and 19th Street North.

It will be open Monday-Thursday 11AM-7PM, Friday 11AM-9PM, and Saturday-Sunday 9AM-9PM.

Two satellite box offices will be available this weekend at the Alabama Theatre and Alabama School of Fine Arts. The Alabama Theatre will open on Friday, August 27th from 5-8PM, while both locations will be open Saturday 10AM-10PM and Sunday 10AM-8PM.

Tickets and VIP passes

Sidewalk Film Festival has several tickets and passes available including:

  • VIP passes
    • If you ordered multiple VIP passes and did not provide a name for each pass, you must provide them at the Box Office
  • Weekend passes
    • Can be picked up from the central box office and the Alabama Theatre on Friday at 5PM
  • Day passes
    • Can be picked up from the central box office and both satellite locations on Saturday and Sunday
  • And premium single tickets
    • Including Alabama Filmmaker Spotlight, Life and Liberty Spotlight and Black Lens Spotlight must be printed out before arrival

Visit Sidewalk Film Festival’s website to review all box office policies.

2. Locations

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Pick one, popcorn or candy? Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Sidewalk Film will be showing films at multiple locations including:

  • Sidewalk Cinema
  • Alabama Theatre
  • The Lyric Theatre
  • First Church Birmingham
  • Alabama School of Fine Arts (Dorothy Jemison Day Theater, Recital Hall and Lecture Hall)
  • Steiner Auditorium at the Birmingham Museum of Art
  • Boutwell Auditorium

Check out their website for the full schedule.

3. How to stay safe at Sidewalk

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Slide on in and find your seat in Sidewalk Cinema at the Pizitz. Photo by Matthew Niblett

Due to an increase in COVID case numbers and lack of hospital beds in the state, all attendees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide a negative COVID-19—taken 48 hrs before entry.

If you’re vaccinated, please provide proof of vaccination card.

To stay in the know on all things Sidewalk Film Festival, visit their website and follow them on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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Tira Davis
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