Theatres split on high definition format

Wellingtonians will be spoilt for choice to see The Hobbit in its fast-frame, 3-D splendour, but the rest of the lower North Island is not likely to be so lucky.

Three Wellington cinemas will be showing the film in the same format seen at the Embassy premiere last week.

But elsewhere in the lower North Island, only two planned to screen it in 3-D and 48 frames per second.

Roxy Cinema manager Daminda Dias said the Miramar theatre was equipped to show the movie in 3-D and 48fps - frames-per-second.

Event Cinemas - which runs the Embassy as well as cinemas in Queensgate in Lower Hutt, New Plymouth and elsewhere in New Zealand - has at least one cinema in each location able to screen in 48fps and 3-D.

Reading Courtenay, where other invited guests saw the Hobbit premiere, would show it in 3-D and 48fps in its largest cinema.

However, no other Reading Cinema in the lower North Island would show the film in its full glory.

Paramount Cinema in Courtenay Place and Penthouse Cinema in Brooklyn previously said they had no plans to upgrade.

Downtown Cinemas Palmerston North will show it in 3-D and 48fps.

Downtown Cinemas Coastlands in Paraparaumu, Reading Cinemas Napier, and Starlight Cinema Taupo will be showing the movie in 3-D but not 48fps.

Cinema Gold Havelock North and Cinema Hastings will show the movie but not in 3-D or 48fps. The Embassy Whanganui won't be showing it in 48fps.

The Dominion Post