I was recently perusing the Cineworld website and discovered that they were taking advance bookings for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (or The Bunny Sled Adventure: Part One as I like to call it). I thought it best not to waste time, so booked tickets for the earliest performance available on Thursday 13th December. I was considering seeing the film at a cinema in central London so I could take advantage of the 48 FPS presentation. However, the cost would be considerably more and there’s no guarantee I could secure tickets. So I deemed it more convenient to use my local multiplex. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will still be presented in a 3D format and the early performance affords me the opportunity to post a review the same day. So overall I was feeling rather pleased with myself. Until I happened to see a UK poster, which clearly stated a Friday release date on the 14th December.
Naturally I was quite flummoxed and somewhat concerned. Had the cinema chain made a mistake? Yes, the tickets could easily be cancelled if that was the case but an entire day out had been planned around the date. So I wanted clarification and subsequently called Cineworld customer services. My details were taken and checks were made. Within ten minutes I was called back by Ben who confirmed that there was no error and that screenings begin throughout their chain of multiplexes on the day I had booked. A further search on the internet via FilmDates.co.uk shows that the movie opens in 44 cinemas in the UK on Thursday 13th December. My advice to all who are keen to see this film is to double check the website of your cinema of choice, because the release date listings on the IMDB may not be accurate.