Hobbit fans will just have to wait a bit

18:41, Nov 08 2012
COMING SOON: Tickets to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey go on sale at Timaru Movie Max 5 early next month.

Timaru Hobbit fans have nearly a month to wait until tickets to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey go on sale at Movie Max 5, and theatre manager Stu Johnson is expecting them to sell fast.

Tickets to the first of the three-part prequel, which  follows the successful Lord of the Rings trilogy, are selling out around New Zealand, but Movie Max 5 manager Stu Johnson said the movie was ‘‘not on his radar’’ at the moment.

"We won’t have done the plans for that until the 1st or 2nd of December. We have Twilight Saga - Breaking Dawn Part 2 starting next week, so it’s the furthest thing from my mind."

Tickets for The Hobbit will be on sale on December 4. The first screening is December 12.

Mr Johnson said showings of theLord of the Rings trilogy had been hugely popular at the theatre.

"Especially when we  got around to the third one. We filled up every session for three or four weeks and we ran it for 12 weeks."
Meanwhile, Hobbit fans elsewhere in the country have been left frustrated.


In Wellington they queued until midnight but were beaten by a Wellington City Council-funded organisation that had already scooped all the tickets for the film’s first public outing at the Embassy Theatre.

About 60 fans queued to get tickets to the 12.01am, December 12 screening at the Embassy, considered the home of theLord of the Rings and where The Hobbit will premiere.

They were left fuming when they found tickets had already sold out before the box office opened.

Positively Wellington Tourism said it had booked the screening for a campaign that will see tickets given away to "fans of the films and Wellington".

The Timaru Herald