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GETTY DEMAND EASING SLIGHTLY.

Byline: Melissa Schmitt Daily News Staff Writer

Getting to the Getty Center is getting easier - at least a little.

Although parking spaces in the Getty's garage are still booked through October, cancellations are beginning to flow in, making room for those who aren't organized enough to make reservations months in advance.

Often 40 to 50 people are canceling per day, according to Alden Teets, a visitors service agent at the Getty.

That means crafty folks are getting in with just one day's notice, he said.

Which is shocking to would-be visitors after reports of eight-month waits for the coveted parking spaces, which guarantee admission to the spectacular museum and arts complex.

``They just about fall over,'' Teets said, explaining caller reactions.

Just six months ago, those parking spaces were worth more than Laker tickets, as millions of people poured into Bel-Air to get a glimpse of the Getty collection.

Los Angeles residents were even getting out of their cars, traveling via taxi, bus or shuttle because parking spaces were so scarce.

Parked cars lined neighborhood streets, infuriating residents so much they went to the Los Angeles City Council for parking restrictions and increased traffic patrols.

No more, Teets said.

``We've got a pretty good handle on that,'' he said, though he cautions hopeful visitors not to get too excited.

The demand for spaces is likely to spin out of control yet again in the months of July and August, a popular period for vacations.

A call to the Getty's reservations line Friday afternoon turned up afternoon openings Tuesday through Saturday.

According to the reservations agent, anyone who is willing to call and wait for an agent can fill those slots until no more are available.

GETTY-ING THERE

The rush of visitors to the new Getty Center has slowed - barely. Impromptu visitors can claim a small but growing number of weekday parking cancellations, which guarantee entry to the museum. But there are rarely weekend cancellations, when the wait for reservations is still at least two months.

To check for weekday cancellations, Call (310) 440-7300, Ext. 3. Be prepared to wait as long as one hour to reach an agent. You won't be able to reserve a canceled spot through the automated service.

If you want to visit the museum without a parking reservation, ride an MTA bus to the museum and wait in line to walk in. For Valley pickup locations and times, call (800) 266-6883.

To make a future reservation through the Getty's automated system, call (310) 440-7300.

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