See Hobbit as Jackson intended

TERRI RUSSELL
Last updated 05:00 05/12/2012
Gore SBS St James Theatre manager Emma Carle
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BELLS AND WHISTLES: Gore SBS St James Theatre manager Emma Carle gets ready for the screening of The Hobbit next week.

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Gore is the only place in Southland moviegoers can go to see The Hobbit the way "Peter Jackson intended it to be seen", a technical manager says.

SBS St James Theatre has spent more than $10,000 on new equipment to show 3-D films with a new high-frame-rate feature.

High frame rate doubles the number of frames each eye can see per second and produces a higher-definition, real-life illusion.

SBS St James Theatre technical manager Fraser Falconer said high frame rates were a new concept in terms of projection but not in filming and production.

"It's quite a big deal in the cinema industry.

"If Southlanders want to see it as Peter Jackson intended it to be seen, they will have to come to Gore," he said.

Only a handful of cinemas have invested in the new equipment in the South Island and the next closest is Dunedin.

SBS St James Theatre manager Emma Carle said The Hobbit was the first movie in the world to be filmed using the new high frame rate.

The Gore theatre decided to get on board with the new feature because there was talk of more movies being shot this way, she said.

It was a costly investment and some cinemas were most likely waiting to see how moviegoers took to the new visual experience.

"We're hoping it's a good investment.

"We have got really amazing facilities here that people don't really know about," she said.

The theatre became completely digital earlier this year.

New Zealanders are the first in the world to view the movie, which will open in a midnight screening on December 11.

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