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"The Hobbit" at the Thornton Place Cinemas near Northgate

 

We will be attending the 3:10 pm showing of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" at the Thornton Place Cinemas on New Year's Day. This is a 24 frames per second, 2D, non-IMAX version. We were thrilled by the Lord of the Rings trilogy from a decade ago so with much anticipation we will see the prequel to the trilogy. Here is a description of The Hobbit taken from Warner Brothers:

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever... Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths ofguile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum's "precious" ...a simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know."

Here is an official trailer for the film:

The Hobbit - trailer

This film has a 65 rating at rottentomatoes.com. The critics feel that it is visually stunning but the pacing is slow and the storyline is not up to par with the trilogy. Also, a number of them have commented on the disturbing effects of 48 frames per second projection speed at some special screening rooms. Here is a link to rottentomatoes where you can read or scan the views to see if this film is for you:

tomatomater - The Hobbit

Meet me outside of the screening room at 2:50 (ie, 20 minutes prior to the start of the program). I am an Asian male who wear glasses and who will be wearing some type of hat (beret, black rain hat). A head shot of me is in the photo section of my profile so you can see for whom to look.

After this showing there will be an optional food and beverage stop at a nearby cafe or restaurant either at Thornton Place or the Northgate Mall. This showing will be over around 6:00 pm, and the Rose Bowl should be over by then so that we will not be competing with football fans for table space. Please meet me on the ground level inside the glass entrance doors at the conclusion of the film; this means after all of the credits have scrolled by which could take a while.

George Liu

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there any meetup after the movie at all? Didn't see anyone at the ground flour.

    January 1, 2013

    • George L.

      Hi Jie: As you pointed out this showing was sold out at least a half hour before the start of the program. Consequently, many folks did not get into this screening. I stood outside theater 11 from 2:50 until a few minutes before the start of the film, and only encountered three other meetup folks. After the film we stood outside the screening room and chatted for about ten minutes and then went our separate ways. We thought that was the entire group. There was no meetup of significance after the film. Sorry about the mixup.

      January 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi George. Thanks so much for letting me know the details. I took Jeff's advice and bought a ticket for Skyfall, then sneaked into The Hobbit after 2:50. But I didn't recognize you at the entrance of theater 11. At the end of the movie, I waited at the ground flour inside of the glass door as you mentioned in the meetup description for half an hour, but couldn't spot anyone look like you. But anyways, today is really a busy day for the theater, so it's definitely hard to follow the original meetup plan. I just feel a bit pity that I didn't get any chance to meet anyone for my 1st meetup event this time lol. Hope to see you at next time then^^

      January 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The tickets are sold out at 2:30

    January 1, 2013

    • Jeff P.

      Buy anothet ticket for another movie. Then sneak into theatre 11

      January 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sounds good. Coming...

      1 · January 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Costco has discounted tickets to Regal Cinema (2 for $16).

    December 20, 2012

    • Bruce K.

      Thanks for the tip, Karen.

      December 21, 2012

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