There’s a storm coming. One of the biggest movies of the year opens this weekend. Will you rush out to see it right away, and if so, will you pay extra for the IMAX experience?
Last week’s Weekend Movies post brought me to a harsh realization. ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is coming shortly, and I don’t have IMAX tickets. And so, a dilemma arises: Should I watch ‘Dark Knight Rises’ in a standard theater or wait to see it in IMAX?
I went to the midnight IMAX premiere of ‘Batman Begins‘, but I had to wait a day for ‘The Dark Knight’. Normally, I only watch a movie in theaters once, but I went back for second viewings of both ‘Dark Knight’ and ‘Inception‘. Unlike some people I know, I loved the IMAX shots in ‘The Dark Knight’. After watching ‘Transformers 3‘ and ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol‘ in IMAX, I fear that ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ might be the last truly worthwhile IMAX feature film for a long time.
Then I saw that AMC theaters will show the ‘Dark Knight Trilogy’ in IMAX on Thursday night, and tickets are still available. On the other hand, I could just see the movie in a normal theater at first chance and then go watch it again in IMAX (assuming it isn’t awful) later on.
The Dark Knight Trilogy
AMC Theaters is showing all three Christopher Nolan Batman films in a special event that will culminate with the midnight premiere of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’. Tickets are $40 for IMAX showings and $25 for digital theaters. ‘Batman Begins’ starts the trilogy at 6 PM followed by ‘The Dark Knight’ at 8:45 PM.
Of course, the ‘Dark Knight Trilogy’ is impractical for most people, especially when two of the movies are already available on Blu-ray for cheap. Unfortunately, my main motivation for seeing the midnight showing is to avoid spoilers. I’ll have to balance that desire against seeing the movie in my preferred theater.
I occasionally go to one of several dining experience theaters, but don’t even consider that an option for Gotham’s biggest trick-or-treater.
Fell free to elaborate in the Comments, as the poll may not cover every possibility.