Surprise surprise! There’s going to be screening marathons of all three Hobbit movies in select IMAX theaters. And for those willing to endure the 9-plus hours to watch all three in succession will be able to watch the third installment, The Battle of the Five Armies, two days earlier than the official release date of the movie.
Okay, yeah, you could say it’s just another marketing ploy. That you’ve already seen the movies when they were first released in theaters, and it would be stupid to go watch it again in the theaters. Or that you’ve not only seen it in the theaters once before, but also have the Blu-Ray extended editions and you can watch it in the privacy of your own home with surround sound and not have to deal with people’s lighted phones or people kicking your seat.
Blah! This is a momentous event for big Hobbit fans, and there are many out there. Events like these bring people who share similar tastes in entertainment together in a way that sports fans get to do for their teams when they go watch them play. As for your home theater, well, as good as your home theater may be, I doubt that the experience of watching it at home has quite the same resonance and visual aesthetics as an IMAX theater has.
So, if you’re willing and you have the time, you can purchase tickets for the one-day marathon starting Friday, November 15th.
Tentative schedule for the day will be like so: An Unexpected Journey at 1 p.m., The Desolation of Smaug at 4:05 p.m., and, finally, The Battle of the Five Armies at 7:00 p.m. All movies will be shown in their theatrical version.