Harry Potter Madness - Let the Marathon Screenings Begin!
by Alex Billington
July 13, 2009
We're obviously back in the thick of all the Harry Potter madness this week - with Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince due out on Wednesday. If you didn't already hear, I loved Half-Blood Prince, which means I'm getting more and more excited for the two-part conclusion that starts next year. However, it looks like Carmike Cinemas and Arclight have both jumped the gun. Carmike is hosting an all-day marathon screening of the first five movies before the sixth one on Tuesday, July 14th (at all of their 60+ locations) and the Arclight in Sherman Oaks is also showing the previous five all this week (but not as a marathon).
The reason why I'm mentioning this, and why I say they jumped the gun, is because these marathons are going to be the big event come November 19th next year and, more importantly, July 15th, 2011, when the final chapter hits theaters. I don't know about you, but I'm the kind of crazy Harry Potter fan who would not mind sitting through seven movies back-to-back (with some breaks in-between) leading up to the midnight premiere of Deathly Hallows: Part II. One of the most unforgettable events I've ever participated in was Trilogy Tuesday for Lord of the Rings, in which I watched all three of those movies back-to-back.
It's good to see that some theaters are already warming up to this idea - because I guarantee that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (both parts of it) is going to be huge. I mean, Half-Blood Prince is already outselling Return of the King in terms of pre-sales and has sold out 1,300 showings two days out. That's only going to multiply by the time Deathly Hallows hits. By then there will be millions of fans worldwide who will want to get their complete Harry Potter fix watching all seven (or eight) movies back-to-back. It's only smart that all the theaters (and Warner Bros) start thinking about such an insane marathon this early.
If you're up for sitting through that marathon already, or just don't own any on Blu-Ray, you might as well hit up Carmike or the Arclight while you've got the chance. But don't forget to also see Half-Blood Prince starting on Wednesday! And speaking of Deathly Hallows, and what to expect from it, both Film School Rejects and ComingSoon have good write-ups from the recent press junkets. It's definitely going to be an exciting three years for Harry Potter fans. But now it's time to sit back and enjoy the Half-Blood Prince.