Getting gussied up is always a fun experience, but it’s even more fun with it’s with a group of friends for an incredible night on the town like for the Alice Through the Looking Glass Red Carpet Premiere in Los Angeles on May 23, 2016. I spent the evening with 24 other bloggers as a special guest of Disney attending the events tied to the red carpet premiere of Alice Through the Looking Glass in Los Angeles, including watching P!nk perform live on Hollywood Boulevard for the Jimmy Kimmel show, walking the red carpet, watching the premiere at the El Capitan Theatre, and then attending the after party at the Roosevelt Hotel.
Our red carpet experience started with being able to see P!nk perform live on Hollywood Boulevard for the Jimmy Kimmel Live Show. I'm a HUGE fan of P!nk, so seeing her live and for this special event was nothing short of magical. P!nk performed her new original song “Just Like Fire” and her remake of the Jefferson Airplane classic “White Rabbit.” We had VIP, front row seats to the recording of her performance for the show. If you’ve ever been to a recording of live studio TV, you know that they often do retakes. So we listened to her band warm up, and then P!nk came out and sang “Just Like Fire” and “White Rabbit,” each two times.
If you look closely, that's our group in the front right corner of the audience in the Jimmy Kimmel videos!
There we are in Chuck's Instagram photo!
We were so close I got some pretty great photos of P!nk performing and in between sets.
Next was the actual red carpet walk. The exciting and exhilarating part about the red carpet is you feel a bit like a celebrity yourself. Lights and cameras are everywhere. You are along the back wall of the red carpet right behind the main carpet, which is where all the stars walk. We saw lots of stars that night, including Johnny Depp, Sacha Baron Cohen, James Bobin, Suzanne Todd, Twitch, Jenna Elfman, Mel B, Just Jared, Erica Jane, the kids from Walk the Plank!, and more.
Of all the places to screen the film, it’s fun to do it at the El Capitan theatre. You’re in there with tons of other people all really excited for the film, including the people who made it. I can’t think of a better way to screen a film than with the directors, producers, and talent in the film itself. And the El Cap is a really cool old theatre where you get to experience an opening by an organ player from the American Guild of Organists. It’s such a wild thing to experience. As the organist finished, he and his organ are lowered below stage and the show begins.
After the premiere was over, we got to attend the after-party at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The Roosevelt is an old iconic Hollywood location. The hip, upscale hotel built in 1926 sits along the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is across the street from the TCL Chinese Theatre.
Everything about the party was thematic to match the movie and there were stations to get photos taken, green screen experiences, make-up stations with the new Urban Decay makeup line, and even a VR experience that included scenes from the Jimmy Kimmel recording with P!nk earlier in the evening that featured our group! How cool is that!?!?!
The only un-fun part about a red carpet event? Losing an earring and too much partying means little sleep for your busy next day, but the show, er, work trip must go on. Hello espresso.
ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS opens in theatres everywhere this Friday, May 27th.
I’ve been invited on an all expense paid trip to LA courtesy of Disney. As always, all opinions are my own.