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Wellington's Embassy Theatre botches Hobbit pre-sales - Peter Jackson steps in

Ataahua
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Nov 6 2012, 9:09pm

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Wellington's Embassy Theatre botches Hobbit pre-sales - Peter Jackson steps in Can't Post

It's a confusing story but it appears that the midnight screenings of The Hobbit on the first night were never going to have tickets available for sale to fans. Not that they told the fans that.

Now PJ has stepped in to save the day.

This reminds me of when I went to the FOTR midnight screening. Our session actually started at 12.30am as the 12.01am screening had been booked out by a local radio station for an audience competition.

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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Rolfina
Rivendell

Nov 6 2012, 9:20pm

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What a debacle [In reply to] Can't Post

That's why I don't get the getting in line for tickets, this is exactly what I would be afraid of, the theatre being sold out before it was my turn. Fortunately this isn't practiced here in Germany. In fact I just bought my tickets online (English version 3D, yay). First screenings here happen at 12:30 midday on December 12th, with the official open date December 13th. I'm going in the evening, and am excited that I don't have to stay up till midnight. Now, tickets went online an hour ago, and so far I seem to be the only one who has booked. I suspected the hype wouldn't be as big as overseas, but this is blasphemy. Shocked


Carne
Tol Eressea

Nov 6 2012, 9:26pm

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Here where I live the onsite sale started 8 hours before online [In reply to] Can't Post

Then again there's never lines here so I just walked down about an hour before the online sale started.


Moahunter
Rohan


Nov 6 2012, 9:55pm

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Another account of the fiasco. [In reply to] Can't Post

http://www.avalonsguide.com/...sy-an-unexpected-up/


Chopsta123
Gondor


Nov 6 2012, 10:48pm

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can you tell me the cinema/website where you bought the tickets? [In reply to] Can't Post

I live in Berlin so I would go to the midnight showing at Cinestar.


lurtz2010
Rohan

Nov 6 2012, 11:31pm

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tickets were online at about 11.45pm [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm doing 9pm friday 14th dec at the embassy, 3d 48fps. This is going to be amazing.


Ataahua
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Nov 7 2012, 1:16am

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Positively Wellington Tourism (PWT) this afternoon announced it had booked the screening for a campaign that will see tickets given away to ''fans of the films and Wellington''.
PWT general manager Sarah Meikle said, following reading about the debacle this morning, she had been in frantic discussions with Peter Jackson's Wingnut Films, Event Cinemas, and Roadshow to sort it out.
It was decided 120 tickets would be given to the 60-odd fans who queued, with a further 60 given to other fans. The rest would be distributed with a luck-of-the-draw lottery.


Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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Captain Salt
Tol Eressea


Nov 7 2012, 3:27am

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That's terrific of PJ! [In reply to] Can't Post

After all the hurdles the TH has had to overcome just getting to the screen, I'm glad that people who were waiting NOT getting to see Film 1 was avoided.

My Top 5 Wish List for "The Hobbit"
5. Legolas will surf down Smaug's neck
4. Bilbo will be revealed to a Robot
3. Naked PJ cameo as Ghan-Buri-Ghan
2. Use of not only 3D, but smell-o-vision, plus the inclusion of axes coming out of the seats and poking the audience when appropriate
1. Not only keep the claim that Thorin & Co. ran amok in Mirkwood "molesting people", but depict said incident in vivid detail!!!!!


Lissuin
Tol Eressea


Nov 7 2012, 4:19am

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Latest news on line: much of the mystery solved and resolved [In reply to] Can't Post

http://www.stuff.co.nz/...d-by-tourism-booking


Rolfina
Rivendell

Nov 7 2012, 5:18am

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Cinestar [In reply to] Can't Post

Streits in Hamburg, its our only theatre that shows films in English. But its part of the Cinestar group, and I bought through cinestar.de. Which theatres show English verions in Berlin?


DanielLB
Immortal


Nov 7 2012, 7:53am

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What countries are having midnight showings? / [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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Misto
Lorien

Nov 7 2012, 8:35am

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Opening nights aren't for me [In reply to] Can't Post

Having witnessed the opening night of Skyfall at my local cinema only recently I'm pretty sure I have no interest in a ticket for the first few days.

Also, I've kind of come to terms with the fact that I will have to watch the Hobbit in German. The only cinema that will have the English version for sure is the multiplex in the nearby city but a) they will show in 3D -and I'd be damned before I do this to my eyes for three hours and b) this multiplex thing is everything a cinema should not be in my opinion. I prefer smaller family-run cinemas.
However, there used to be a smaller foreign-language cinema that has been closed for a few year now, but rumour has it they will open again within the month (it was in the newspaper - must be true then, right?Laugh). So there is still hope as I somewhat doubt they will have 3D technology.


Chopsta123
Gondor


Nov 7 2012, 8:47am

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got my tickets thanks! [In reply to] Can't Post


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Streits in Hamburg, its our only theatre that shows films in English. But its part of the Cinestar group, and I bought through cinestar.de. Which theatres show English verions in Berlin?



Owain
Tol Eressea


Nov 7 2012, 6:33pm

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Good for PJ... Love that guy!// [In reply to] Can't Post

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