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L.A. Live bracing for an influx of Michael Jackson fans this weekend

September 23, 2009 |  3:35 pm


This may not be the weekend to finally try the mai tai at Trader Vic's.

Tickets go on sale Sunday at L.A. Live for the first screenings of "Michael Jackson's This Is It," the Sony Pictures concert documentary that chronicles the making of what would have been Jackson's comeback shows. The film will show on all 14 screens at the new Regal Cinemas at the downtown complex across the street from Staples Center. 

The first 500 fans in line will be eligible to receive a "lenticular" ticket commemorating the planned 50-date "This Is It" concert engagement at London's O2 Arena. The tickets were said to be "inspired and designed" by Jackson, and fans who purchased tickets for the London performances had the option of receiving them in lieu of a refund.

Perhaps that's why AEG is anticipating quite the crowd to descend on the downtown complex this weekend. The line will officially open at 5 p.m. Thursday, and tickets will go on sale just after midnight on Saturday night/Sunday morning.

L.A. Live is the only screening location that will offer the commemorative tickets. There is a two-ticket limit per person, and buyers can receive only one commemorative ticket. 

The L.A. Live screenings will mark the opening of the Regal Cinemas. The film will start showing at 9 p.m.  Oct. 27, one day before it begins its limited, two-week run at theaters nationwide.

Parking for those camping out is free, and we're told that "music will be provided." The tickets for the initial preview screenings at L.A. Live will be sold only in person. However, all other screenings nationwide will be available for purchase online.

A total of 3,000 tickets will be available, and parking will close after the first 1,500 wristbands have been distributed. More information is available here.

-- Todd Martens