N.Y. preems the exception

Union regs, theater space, accessibility in L.A.'s favor

Gotham doesn’t usually dominate the world of film premieres, but this month the city hits the trifecta with “Troy,” “Harry Potter: The Prisoner of Azkaban” and “The Day After Tomorrow.”

Holding “Day After” at the American Museum of Natural History was a natural choice given that in Fox’s disaster epic it gets destroyed in a global-warming deluge. “Troy” and “Potter” are in town for the more prosaic reasons of star scheduling.

There are many practical reasons why studios prefer Los Angeles over New York:

  • Costly union regulations;
  • Fewer spacious theaters and large post-party venues;
  • The need to fly execs in and out on private jets;
  • A greater chance of inclement weather;
  • Limited red-carpet arrival areas;

And, oh, yes, there is a comparative dearth of glittery names — in this town, Al Roker and James Lipton qualify for the A-list.

Party Planners West prexy Pat Ryan, who has worked on dozens of events such as Disney’s massive 1995 “Pocahontas” premiere in Central Park, says overall costs are comparable, but what the budget is spent on varies. Catering costs more in Gotham, for example, but in L.A. money is blown on valet parking or a giant tent.

On the upside, event planners praise the city’s dramatic architecture and say the New York Fire Department isn’t as strict with occupancy requirements.

Another plus is the fact that New Yorkers are not tied to cars. That leaves them open to cabbing it to after-parties, which expands the location, and does wonders for the bar scene.

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