While I'm sure fanboys will be debating the big three of summer 2012 - Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man and Dark Knight Rises - long after the season ends, there's no denying that (literally) millions of people are ready to line up to see Chris Nolan's concluding chapter to his Batman trilogy.
However, when it comes to a cinematic event of this magnitude (and make no mistake, this is an EVENT), lining up for a ticket is just not enough. If you want to see The Dark Knight Rises on opening weekend, in full IMAX grandeur, you need to get your ticket well in advanced - and the way things are looking, even five weeks in advanced may not be enough.
Advanced tickets for The Dark Knight Rises are now on sale over at Fandango, and they are selling like hot cakes. If you
are were hoping to get tickets to a midnight screening of TDKR on opening night, you may want to readjust your expectations. Shows in major metropolitan areas have been selling out left and right. If you were hoping to get a ticket for an IMAX show in general - again, you may want to adjust expectations, because if you are still reading this instead of clicking that Fandango link and ordering, you may find yourself having to wait a few days for a seat. Planning a big group outing for the movie? Better act even faster.
Here in New York, midnight shows are largely sold at the major IMAX theaters; I expect some of the second-tier theaters will sell out as these "Get your advanced tickets now!" articles and ads start to circulate the Web. In fact, the volume of sales have been so strong (exact stats are still forthcoming) that Fandango users have reported server crashes and/or errors as they try to buy. If you experience something similar, don't be daunted: just refresh and try again until you either secure tickets or are met with a "sold out" notice.
BATMAN TRILOGY MOVIE MARATHON
Finally, some theaters will be running the ENTIRE Nolan trilogy - Batman Begins, The Dark Knight leading up to the Dark Knight Rises premiere. If you want to get onboard for that, head over to AMC Marathon Events.
THE 'TRUE' IMAX EXPERIENCE - KNOW THE DIFFERENCE!!!!
Chris Nolan filmed over an hour of Dark Knight Rises using IMAX cameras. For those who don't remember, a few scenes in The Dark Knight (the opening heist, the hospital explosion, exterior shots of Gotham City and Hong Kong) were also filmed in "true IMAX," and the results were pretty spectacular. You may be thinking to yourself that going to see TDKR in any theater that boasts an IMAX screen is good enough - but that's not the case.
There are two types of IMAX screens: digital IMAX and 70mm IMAX. While digital is indeed impressive, you aren't really getting "the full" IMAX experience - especially the one Chris Nolan intended - without that 70mm IMAX theater. 70mm is the only way you will be able to see everything that Nolan shot on IMAX cams.
Be sure to check with your local theater to find out what kind of IMAX screen they have. For a list of 70mm around the U.S. and UK, consult the list below:
70mm IMAX Screens in U.S., Canada and UK Cities
Austin, TX – IMAX Theater Austin – AustinBoston, MA – Jordan’s IMAX – NatickBoston, MA – IMAX 3D Theatre in Reading – ReadingCalgary, AB – Scotiabank Theatre Chinook 16 – CalgaryChantilly, VA/Washington, DC – Udvar-Hazy Center IMAX – ChantillyChicago, IL – Navy Pier IMAX Theatre – ChicagoDes Moines, IA – SCI IMAX Dome Theater – Des MoinesDetroit, MI – Henry Ford IMAX – DearbornEdmonton, AB – Scotiabank Theatre Edmonton – EdmontonHarrisburg, PA – Whitaker Center for Science & the Arts – HarrisburgHouston, TX – Houston Marq*e Stadium 22 + IMAX – HoustonIndianapolis – White River IMAX – IndianapolisLos Angeles, CA – Irvine Spectrum 20 + IMAX – IrvineLos Angeles, CA – RAVE 18 + IMAX – Los AngelesLos Angeles, CA – Ontario Palace Stadium 22 + IMAX – OntarioLos Angeles, CA – Citywalk Stadium 19 with IMAX – Universal CityMadison, WI – Star 18 Fitchburg with IMAX – FitchburgMiami, FL – AutoNation IMAX – Fort LauderdaleMinneapolis, MN – Great Clips IMAX – Apple ValleyMontreal, QC – Cinema Banque Scotia Montreal – MontrealNashville,TN – Opry Mills Stadium 20 + IMAX – NashvilleNew York, NY – Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX – New YorkNew York, NY – Palisades IMAX – West NyackOmaha, NE – Star Cinema 16 with IMAX – Council BluffsOrlando, FL – Pointe Orlando Stadium 20 + IMAX – OrlandoOttawa, ON – Silvercity Gloucester + IMAX – GloucesterPalm Springs – Desert IMAX Theatre – Cathedral CityPhiladelphia, PA – IMAX & the Tropicana – Atlantic CityPhiladelphia, PA – Tuttleman IMAX–Franklin Institute – PhiladelphiaPhoenix, AZ – Arizona Mills 25 with IMAX – TempeProvidence, RI – Providence Place 16 with IMAX – ProvidenceQuebec City, QC – IMAX Le Theatre At Quebec – Quebec CitySacramento, CA – Esquire IMAX – SacramentoSan Antonio, TX – IMAX at RiverCenter – San AntonioSan Francisco, CA – Metreon 16 with IMAX & ETX – San FranciscoSeattle, WA – Boeing IMAX–Pacific Science Center – SeattleTampa, FL – Museum of Science and Industry – TampaToronto, ON – Coliseum 12 Mississauga + IMAX – MississaugaToronto, ON – Scotiabank Theatre Toronto + IMAX – TorontoToronto, ON – Colossus 18 Woodbridge + IMAX – Woodbridge-VaughanVancouver, BC – Colossus Langley + IMAX – LangleyVancouver, BC – Silvercity Riverport 18 + IMAX – RichmondUK – BFI London – LondonUK – National Media Museum IMAX – BradfordUK – Glasgow Science Centre IMAX Cinema – GlasgowUK – Odeon Manchester IMAX @ The Printworks – Manchester
The Dark Knight Rises in theaters at midnight, July 20, 2012.