'The Hobbit' Trilogy Extended Editions Playing in Theaters this October

August 4, 2015

The Hobbit - Smaug

Good news, Middle-Earth fans! The Hobbit trilogy is headed back to theaters. To some this may sound like a bore, but if these aren't an interest to you, then no worries just continue on. For those who are fans, and who have been waiting for the extra footage that Peter Jackson shot, it's all coming together for a trilogy event this October. Our friends at are reporting via Far Away Entertainment's website that there will be a Fathom Events trio of the trilogy starting on Monday, October 5th. The event info says all three Extended Editions of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy, starring Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, will be shown on the big screen. We expect an official announcement eventually, but this is the first word.

Here's the complete event listing from Far Away Entertainment, a theater chain in Washington state:

Fathom Events and Warner Bros. are partnering to present the extended editions of all three Hobbit movies. Shown over three nights, the epic Peter Jackson trilogy will be the first time the extended editions have ever been released in theatres. The films follow hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), who is convinced by the wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) to accompany thirteen dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), on a quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the dragon Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch). Also included will be an exclusive introduction by director Peter Jackson. First night showing starts Monday, October 5th, 2015 at 7:30pm local.

Warner Bros / New Line and Peter Jackson have already been progressively releasing the Extended Editions of the first two The Hobbit movies almost a year after the original release of each of those. Both of those are already available on Bu-ray, but The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is last. The theatrical cut ran 144 minutes, though we're not sure how much longer this final movie will be. AMC has a listing for an event on October 13th, so it sounds like the showings of The Hobbit will run throughout October along with trilogy events. For those who are still excited to see a fully extended, completed trilogy of The Hobbit movies, this is the event you've been waiting for. We'll be posting any more official updates once they arrive. Who's in?

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Reader Feedback - 13 Comments


They should release a condensed version if anything

Jon Odishaw on Aug 4, 2015


Condensed into 1 4hr movie would be perfect. Kill/remove all dwarfs

Henry Willis on Aug 4, 2015


How can it be longer lol...

Brian Sleider on Aug 4, 2015


more dwarf scenes. lol

Henry Willis on Aug 4, 2015


I accidentally watched the Hobbit extended version on DVD, and it was filled with awful, pointless almost felt like a George Lucas "special edition"

TheOct8pus on Aug 4, 2015


Saruman shot first!

Jedi on Aug 5, 2015


If the "extended, director's, ultimate, definitive" cut were any better, why would it have not been shown in the first place? It's cool to add things as an extra on the DVD, but there is a reason that most of these scenes ended up getting cut in the first place. Apart from the occasional studio interference, most film editors are good at what they do, hence the Academy Award in that category. It's pretty rare that deleted scenes add anything to the plot, move the story along, or explain something that could/would not be explained in another part of the film (in most cases).

theslayer5150 on Aug 4, 2015


I would agree with you to a certain extent. Allowing the film makers' dreams to become what we see as the audience would be ideal. But sometimes they need to be reigned in. I think a lot of people would say this about Judd Apatow's films. They are all about 20-30 minutes too long. A fewer demo would also say this about Tarantino's films.

DAVIDPD on Aug 4, 2015


I agree. It's really for the fans. Hobbit and Lotr fans are capable of watching one (or even three) close to 4 hour movies, while the general public may not hang on for that long. Also, as this was a book first, they may include details (and my personal favorites, the songs!) that the readers would love to see on screen. And a movie as epic as this deserves to be on the big screen once again! And it's only showing once, not like a regular movie which stays in theaters for weeks. Also, of course it's for money! but fans are totally fine with funding their favorite movie and the people responsible for it. The creators get the money and the fans get the enjoyment and privilege of watching something they are really passionate about. Huff.. ok rant over. this is just my opinion 🙂

Allison Robison on Aug 25, 2015


I think it's more for fans, not the layperson. Theatrical re-release seems a bit overkill on this. BD box set.... sure. I'll buy it. Won't be going to the theaters though. Being a fan, I own & occasionally enjoy re-watching the extended LOTR discs. Subjected an ex-gf to the first one once... out like a light (asleep).

avconsumer2 on Aug 12, 2015


I hope these will be here in Canada too

OfficialJab on Aug 4, 2015


Same here. I'm sure some theaters in Canada will do it. I went to the LOTR Trilogy event when ROTK was released and it was great. While I've enjoyed the Hobbit series less, I missed seeing the 3rd in the theater so I might try and do this trilogy as well. Wonder if they'll screen it HFR? Hope so.

David Diaz on Aug 4, 2015


ZzZ...I liked these films enough the first time. This is now legit cash grabbing.

DAVIDPD on Aug 4, 2015

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