'Hobbit' tickets go on sale this week

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Tickets for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," opening Dec. 14, along with an earlier "Lord of the Rings" marathon go on sale at noon Wednesday.

"The Hobbit," first of three planned movies, follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins as he joins the wizard Gandalf and 13 dwarfs, led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield, on a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the dragon Smaug.

It was shot in 3-D 48 frames per second and will be released in high frame rate 3D (HFR 3D), other 3-D formats, IMAX and regular 2-D.

All three "LOTR" movies will be shown back to back Dec. 8 and, in some locations, repeated Dec. 9. At Cinemark theaters in Robinson, Frazer, and Center in Beaver County, the first movie will start at 11 a.m., with the second at 3:10 p.m. and the third at 7:25 p.m. All are extended versions and rated PG-13.

Tickets there will be $30 to see the movies in XD (the chain's large-screen digital format) and $25 for non-XD with special discounts for select concessions and commemorative lanyards while supplies last.

Cinemark is not the only chain participating in these special events although some theaters are still awaiting the go-ahead. AMC-Loews at the Waterfront, for instance, will hold the marathon only on Dec. 8. Regular admission for all three is $25 or $30.50 for reserved seating.

Check with your local theater or its website for other venues.



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