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Feb 25, 2015   Comments Off on ‘Battle Creek’ TV show premiere is here Battle Creek, News and rumors

The red carpet is about to be rolled out in Battle Creek, and organizers of the special premiere event for the “Battle Creek” TV show said about 1,800 tickets have been given away.

The event, to be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at W.K. Kellogg Auditorium, 50 W. Van Buren St., will show those who have tickets the first episode of the new police drama from co-creators Vince Gilligan, who also created “Breaking Bad,” and “House” creator David Shore.

The premiere is sponsored by WWMT-TV Channel 3 and the city of Battle Creek.

Jim Lutton, WWMT vice president and general manager, said last-minute ticket distributions occurred after some people who signed up for them failed to claim tickets by Friday.

“I understand there were a number of tickets that weren’t picked up,” Lutton said Monday. “I know the city and police department have their own back-up lists. So I think that’s how those tickets will be absorbed.”

Sign-up for the tickets was only available to those in Battle Creek zip codes. A lottery system was used to determine winners. They were to be picked up at the Battle Creek Police Department headquarters at 20 N. Division St. 

According to WWMT, police reported hearing from people that it was difficult to pick up their tickets at the station, and lobby hours were increased as a result. Still, tickets not claimed by Friday were forfeited.

Lutton said there’s only one obstacle to a perfect event at this point.

“If the weather cooperates, I think we’re going to have a good event,” Lutton laughed.

As of Monday, there were plans for the audience to hear from the Battle Creek Central High School jazz band. It will begin playing at 6 p.m. and may be followed by a presentation from Lutton and Battle Creek Mayor Deb Owens. The show is expected to begin at 7 p.m.

West Van Buren Street from Capital Avenue Northeast to McCamly Street will be closed to traffic from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday to accommodate media and police vehicles for the premiere, according to a news release from the City of Battle Creek.

Officers from Calhoun County Sheriff Department, Emmett Township Department of Public Safety and the Michigan State Police will patrol the city from about 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. while city officers attend the program.

Lt. Jim Walters said a large number of Battle Creek officers are expected to attend the screening but afternoon shift officers will be in uniform and have vehicles and can respond to any major incidents.

Didn’t get a ticket to the Cereal City’s world premiere event? Catch the show on CBS at 10 p.m. March 1. [Source]

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