Fun fact: Movie theaters have a lot of input into when they want to sell tickets to films showing in their theaters.
After the success of The Dark Knight Rises IMAX prologue, which previewed before Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, some theaters apparently thought that they could continue the momentum of the high ticket sales motivated by Dark Knight Rises fandom, by selling advance tickets to the actual premiere of the film this upcoming summer. As it turns out, they were right.
With still half a year to go until its official July 20th release date, The Dark Knight Rises has already sold out the IMAX midnight premieres in both the AMC Loews Lincoln Square theater in NYC, and all but two handicap slots at the AMC CityWalk theater in LA, according to Fandango. Both locations have 70mm IMAX theaters - the preferred "true IMAX" screens that Christopher Nolan insisted be given exclusive rights to the TDKR prologue - as opposed to the newer digital IMAX screens, which don't make full use of film shot on IMAX cameras.
No doubt many Batman fans are already making advanced plans to see Nolan's third (and final) chapter in his Batman movie trilogy; but based on this latest news, you Batfans out there may need to plan WAY ahead and start looking into advanced ticket sales at your local theater...right NOW. Round up your friends (preferably the die-hards, they're more reliable) and start collecting that ticket money; to front the cash - you don't want to be stuck in a six-month wait (and deal with potential dropouts) before you're able to recoup your investment.
If you're the type of moviegoer who isn't rigid about what kind of screen you see your movies on, digital IMAX or regular prints of Dark Knight Rises should be sufficient to meet your needs. But be advised: to get the full scope and grandeur of this film, you will need that 70mm IMAX screen - and those technically savvy moviegoers out there are already striking first to secure themselves a seat in those specific theaters.
As a matter of convenience, we've compiled a U.S. nationwide list of theaters that have 70mm IMAX screens, which you can view below. Check with the theater closest to you about when Dark Knight Rises advanced tickets will be available for sale:
70mm IMAX Screens in U.S., Canada and UK Cities
Austin, TX – IMAX Theater Austin – Austin
Boston, MA – Jordan’s IMAX – Natick
Boston, MA – IMAX 3D Theatre in Reading – Reading
Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Theatre Chinook 16 – Calgary
Chantilly, VA/Washington, DC – Udvar-Hazy Center IMAX – Chantilly
Chicago, IL – Navy Pier IMAX Theatre – Chicago
Des Moines, IA – SCI IMAX Dome Theater – Des Moines
Detroit, MI – Henry Ford IMAX – Dearborn
Edmonton, AB – Scotiabank Theatre Edmonton – Edmonton
Harrisburg, PA – Whitaker Center for Science & the Arts – Harrisburg
Houston, TX – Houston Marq*e Stadium 22 + IMAX – Houston
Indianapolis – White River IMAX – Indianapolis
Los Angeles, CA – Irvine Spectrum 20 + IMAX – Irvine
Los Angeles, CA – RAVE 18 + IMAX – Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA – Ontario Palace Stadium 22 + IMAX – Ontario
Los Angeles, CA – Citywalk Stadium 19 with IMAX – Universal City
Madison, WI – Star 18 Fitchburg with IMAX – Fitchburg
Miami, FL – AutoNation IMAX – Fort Lauderdale
Minneapolis, MN – Great Clips IMAX – Apple Valley
Montreal, QC – Cinema Banque Scotia Montreal – Montreal
Nashville,TN – Opry Mills Stadium 20 + IMAX – Nashville
New York, NY – Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX – New York
New York, NY – Palisades IMAX – West Nyack
Omaha, NE – Star Cinema 16 with IMAX – Council Bluffs
Orlando, FL – Pointe Orlando Stadium 20 + IMAX – Orlando
Ottawa, ON – Silvercity Gloucester + IMAX – Gloucester
Palm Springs – Desert IMAX Theatre – Cathedral City
Philadelphia, PA – IMAX & the Tropicana – Atlantic City
Philadelphia, PA – Tuttleman IMAX–Franklin Institute – Philadelphia
Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Mills 25 with IMAX – Tempe
Providence, RI – Providence Place 16 with IMAX – Providence
Quebec City, QC – IMAX Le Theatre At Quebec – Quebec City
Sacramento, CA – Esquire IMAX – Sacramento
San Antonio, TX – IMAX at RiverCenter – San Antonio
San Francisco, CA – Metreon 16 with IMAX & ETX – San Francisco
Seattle, WA – Boeing IMAX–Pacific Science Center – Seattle
Tampa, FL – Museum of Science and Industry – Tampa
Toronto, ON – Coliseum 12 Mississauga + IMAX – Mississauga
Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Theatre Toronto + IMAX – Toronto
Toronto, ON – Colossus 18 Woodbridge + IMAX – Woodbridge-Vaughan
Vancouver, BC – Colossus Langley + IMAX – Langley
Vancouver, BC – Silvercity Riverport 18 + IMAX – Richmond
UK – BFI London – London
UK – National Media Museum IMAX – Bradford
UK – Glasgow Science Centre IMAX Cinema – Glasgow
UK – Odeon Manchester IMAX @ The Printworks – Manchester
You'd have to be living in the most remote place on Earth not to know that Dark Knight Rises is going to be THE most anticipated film event of 2012 - but I don't think a lot of us figured on it being THIS big. Unless you live in a very small town, and/or are content with a standard print of the film, and/or don't need to see Dark Knight Rises immediately upon its release, don't wait until July (or even June for that matter) to go "Hmmm, maybe I should by my tickets..." Because if things continue in the same vein as this current time, by summer you'll already be waiting a week (or more) before you'll find a seat in the theater.
The Dark Knight Rises will be in theaters starting at midnight on July 20, 2012. Hopefully there will be a spot left for you on opening night.