For the next two years, the indies at the L.A. Screenings will switch venues — to the Intercontinental Hotel, adjacent to the Century Plaza. The latter has been the L.A. Screenings’ indies headquarters for many years, but will close for renovations on March 1, 2016 and reopen in 2018.

The Intercontinental began housing some indie exhibitors at the L.A. Screenings in 2000. At that time the hotel was called Park Hyatt. The following year, all L.A. Screenings indie exhibitors moved to the Park Hyatt. In 2004, distributors were split between the Park Hyatt and Century Plaza hotels, a situation that continued up until 2009 when the indies returned in block to the CP. Over the past decade, the Intercontinental has been VideoAge’s headquarters, which included the main information desk.

The former Park Hyatt, now Intercontinental, has 361 guest rooms of which 148 are suites, able to accommodate the 80 exhibitors and 260 buyers. This compares to 726 rooms at the CP.

This change, which was predicted by VideoAge a few years ago, is the result of a $2.5 billion project that will turn the CP into a 394-room/63 residences five-star hotel with two 46-story towers for 290 luxury residences by early 2018.

Isabella Marquez visited the Intercontinental immediately after CP notified her of the closing late last week. As per her arrangement with CP, she was able to secure most of the sleeping rooms, suites and conference rooms at the newly renovated Intercontinental for the indie exhibitors, which according to VideoAge will open up for business on May 16-18, 2016. The overflow will go to the nearby Beverly Hilton.

Marquez will be sending out information to her 75-plus exhibitors after NATPE Miami. International distributors can reach her via e-mail at: [email protected]

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