Cindy Livengood, manager of Premiere Theatre 8, hopes her business will be going bats late Thursday night. And she’s more than OK with that.
“The Dark Knight” will be shown on two screens at 12 midnight. Livengood said she is expecting sell-out crowds for both theaters — or about 600 seats — so she is encouraging people to buy advance tickets. Adult tickets are $7.50 and children's are $5.50.
I'll be there — I hope to see you. If you recognize me (most likely I'll be wearing a black Batman polo shirt), introduce yourself, say hi and we can talk shop. You might even find yourself on the Reflector Web site; that is, if I remember to bring one of the paper's flip videos.
While the theater doesn’t allow her to release specific sales figures, Livengood said Premiere was “pacing quite well” Friday night, the first day of TDK ticket sales. “They’re expecting so much with this one with Heath Ledger passing away,” she said about The Joker actor who died Jan. 22 from an accidental overdose. “It seems to be a (cult) following with Batman. … We’re expecting great things.”
So are IMAX Corporation and Warner Bros. Pictures. They announced July 10 that advance tickets for "The Dark Knight: The IMAX Experience" had surpassed $2 million (!) — eight days before the national release. There were six sequences filmed exclusively with IMAX cameras,
"(This is) the first time ever that a major feature film has been even partially shot using IMAX cameras, marking a revolutionary integration of the two film formats," according to the press release.
The, er, "closest" TDK IMAX showings will be in Cincinnati (at Cinema De Lux 18: Springdale IMAX Theatre) and Columbus (at IMAX Theatre at AMC Easton Town Center 30). If you see TDK in IMAX, drop me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org — I'd love to hear about your experience. It would be no problem to include your feedback in my comic book column or this blog… (Hint. Hint.)
Back to the Norwalk midnight showing: Premiere Theatre, 50 Theatre Drive, does midnight showings about three or four times a year. The last two this summer were for “Iron Man” and “Hancock.” Livengood said the participants are usually in their late 20s to early 30s, with the best attendance for superhero and science fiction films.