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"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" will be one of the biggest money-makers of the year. It's the movie "Lord of the Rings" fans have been clamoring to see since the last of the 12 endings to "Return of the King" rolled.
It doesn't open in theaters until December 14, but movie theaters are already selling tickets online. Right now it's scheduled to open on five screens in Lubbock - three at Premiere Cinemas
including the IMAX, and two at Tinseltown USA.
The movie is once again directed and co-written by Peter Jackson, who won Academy Awards for the first LOTR trilogy. "The Hobbit," based on just one of J.R.R. Tolkien's books, will also be divided into three movies and released a year apart from each other. "An Unexpected Journey" opens this year, "The Desolation of Smaug" comes next year, and "There and Back Again" is set for 2014.
Much has been made of the fact that Jackson not only is shooting in 3D, but at a much higher frame rate than most movies. Some people have compared the early footage to soap opera footage, looking more like real life than cinematic. I'd imagine that would look impressive on the IMAX screen.
Before "The Hobbit" opens Cinemark is offering the chance to watch all three of the "Lord of the Rings" films back to back on the biggest screen they've got - the XD at Movies 16. These will be the Extended Versions of the films released only on DVD and Blu-ray and never before seen in theaters. The movies will be shown December 8 and 9. Tickets for all three movies are $30 and can be purchased here.
All of this should have fans drooling Gollum-style.