You could try coming closer to the screening time, however. The Roxie has gotten much better about the near-sellout/sellout crowds since our first year, which were badly managed by the since-replaced operations manager. If you showed up five minutes before screening time, you'd have a short wait for a ticket purchase/check-in, a short wait to purchase any concessions, a chance to schmooze the MCP merch table, and just enough time to find a seat before the intro.
And, yes, the whole point of the festival is to show films that are either not widely available, or totally unavailable to American audiences. That definition sometimes gets confused, as was the case last night when an otherwise very nice man wanted to know why I hadn't screened ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS. I explained that it's one of the best-known French noirs and is screened fairly regularly, but this wasn't quite a convincing argument for him until a man waiting in the bathroom line overheard the conversation and pointed out that ELEVATOR will play at the PFA this coming December 29. As I said at the time: point, set, match!