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The Hobbit Movie Event

Post  Ferret on Sun Dec 09, 2012 6:45 pm

Is there any interest in organizing a group trip to KoP to see The Hobbit? I was thinking the evening of Dec 21st. We could try for opening weekend, but that might be more "crazy" than some people are prepared for.

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Post  LEGO Dog on Sun Dec 09, 2012 11:05 pm

I'll ask Evie, but I know we are interested in seeing the movie.

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Post  Kreativ Snail on Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:38 pm

There are going to be way too many wack-job fruitcakes out there on Fri the 21st, waiting for the end of the world. NOT going out that night of I can help it.

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Post  Ferret on Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:47 pm

End Of The World is something I had not taken into consideration.

Maybe Dec 22nd to celibrate that we have not died?! Smile

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Post  P_Thorne on Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:29 pm

I would be interested.

If we're debating dates, keep in mind that AAA discount passes generally become valid 10 days after a movie opens, which generally means catching the third weekend instead of the first, a wait I'm generally willing to endure. (Yes, I'm willing to share them and I have enough to go around; $7 for an $11 screening is a good deal.)

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Post  Ferret on Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:44 am

I like me some discounts! Especially if people are looking to do IMAX (would be sweet).

The only problem with waiting another week, is that weekend is Christmas weekend... the weekend after that is New Year's weekend....

Not sure how busy people are or how long they are willing to wait.

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Post  Ferret on Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:02 pm

Never mind... The 21/22 is Christmas weekend!! This is what I get for posting when I'm too tired.

If the weekend of Christmas is too busy for people, as I'm sure it is... How about going the 29th? That will be the 3rd weekend it is out.. 2 weeks after org release.

I dont want to go when you have to get there 1hr early just to get a seat.. But i dont want to wait too long either. I would personally like to see it with some crowds in the theater. Fans make a movie experience more fun for this type of film, I think.

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Post  D_Runyon on Wed Dec 12, 2012 7:59 am

@Phil- How do you get AAA discount passes? I'm a AAA member but never tried a discount.

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Post  Ferret on Wed Dec 19, 2012 7:08 am

Ok. Group to see the Hobbit at KoP.

Dec 28th or 29th...

What do we think?

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Post  P_Thorne on Thu Dec 27, 2012 2:49 pm

UA King of Prussia Stadium 16 & IMAX
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, at 2 hr 49 min, rated PG-13

* Showtimes Friday 12/28
** HFR IMAX 3D = 11:00, 14:50, 18:50, 22:40
** HFR 3D (no passes) = 11:40, 15:40, 19:30
** 2D = 16:10, 20:10
* Showtimes Saturday 12/29
** Same times

Any preferences as to format, and afternoon/evening time? If Friday, I suggest HFR-3D at 19:30 or 2D at 20:10. (I don't care for the IMAX theater at this location.) If Saturday, anything after noon.

Note that:
* There's a 70% chance of snow on Saturday.
* "No passes" films can (usually) be viewed with my AAA passes, after paying a surcharge; even so, it's less than the rack rate.


Last edited by P_Thorne on Thu Dec 27, 2012 3:23 pm; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : Advise re: snow on Saturday.)

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Post  Ferret on Thu Dec 27, 2012 3:19 pm

Is there a location that you like the IMax? Neshaminy? Is KOP the best place to organize this event? I was using KOP because it is close to me, but I am not dead set on it.

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Post  LEGO Dog on Fri Dec 28, 2012 3:13 am

KoP 2D is fine with us.

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Post  Ferret on Fri Dec 28, 2012 6:13 am

Looks like our babysitting options leaves us only with Saturday afternoon coverage. Everyone is welcome to see a Friday show, but I won't be able to join.

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Post  P_Thorne on Fri Dec 28, 2012 10:33 am

As of Friday 10:30, the forecast shows a 100% chance of periods of snow on Saturday, accumulating 1-3 inches. Are people -- the few who've responded -- still interested in Saturday, or shall we delay to Sunday, or abandon the idea altogether? Also, do we want to meet for a meal (before or after, depending on showtime)?

FWIW I have no preferred IMAX location, because I don't care for regular movies on IMAX screens, period. I've seen two at KoP -- Harry Potter 3 and Avatar 1 -- and both felt too big and stretched-out. The non-cinema IMAX screens I've experienced have all been at museums, showing filmed-for-IMAX subjects. (KoP is central to all interested parties, regardless of format, yes/no? Is any other location preferable if we drop the special-format criterion?)

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Post  LEGO Dog on Fri Dec 28, 2012 2:05 pm

I saw it with family yesterday, you DO NOT want to miss this movie in the theaters. I'm up for Sunday. I'm with Phil that going out in a storm isn't worth the danger.

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Post  Ferret on Fri Dec 28, 2012 2:58 pm

Sunday might make more sense. I will start checking with sitter coverage and see if I can hop on the Sunday crowd. I think the 2:50 time would work best for my daughter's schedule. I doubt I could meet for food before/after because the movie will already be taking so much time (but food is always nice!)

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Post  Kreativ Snail on Fri Dec 28, 2012 4:10 pm

Dont forget you now have to work around AoW teardown on Sunday.

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Post  LEGO Dog on Fri Dec 28, 2012 9:35 pm

I am free for Sunday. I will not be @ AoW.

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Post  Ferret on Sat Dec 29, 2012 9:17 am

Sunday is what I am now aiming for.

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Post  P_Thorne on Sat Dec 29, 2012 6:04 pm

Yup. Sunday. Now that Freyr has passed and Sunday's forecast is freezing, partly cloudy, windy (NW at 21 mph), but not precipitating (10% chance). We do have to decide on a time and format:

Showtimes for Sun 12/30
* HFR IMAX 3D - 11:00, 14:50, 18:50, 22:40
* HFR 3D - 11:40, 15:40, 19:30
* 2D - 16:10, 20:10

I propose non-IMAX HFR 3D at 15:40 (through ~18:00). Do I hear a second?

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Post  Ferret on Sat Dec 29, 2012 6:20 pm

11:40 and 2:50 are the only times that will work with Abby's schedule. I have coverage for 2:50; 11:40 would require me to check availability of my sitter coverage. But if a different time works better for everyone else, please don't let me hold up the group.

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Post  LEGO Dog on Sat Dec 29, 2012 7:28 pm

I'll check with Evie to see if she is still coming, but 2:50 would work.

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Post  P_Thorne on Sun Dec 30, 2012 10:38 am

Sunday (today) at 14:50 (IMAX HFR 3D) in KoP is doable for me. Do we have consensus on that?

Shall we meet in the theater lobby c.14:30-:40? I'll have the passes ("Regal Entertainment Group VIP Super Saver Movie Ticket") with me -- have cash with you, because you'll need to pay a surcharge at the ticket window. Don't forget your Regal Crown Card for loyalty points.

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Post  Ferret on Sun Dec 30, 2012 10:54 am

Will we be buying the tickets right before showtime? what about the possibility of it being sold out?

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Post  P_Thorne on Sun Dec 30, 2012 12:17 pm

Sold out, two weeks after opening (Box Office Mojo daily gross), early afternoon? Unlikely. Although more likely because it's an IMAX theater, which are rare. But less likely because it's an IMAX theater, which is more expensive.

Buying tickets ahead of time through Fandango, there's no discount -- the VIP Super Saver tickets must be redeemed at the ticket window -- and, in fact, a service charge. But if anyone is feeling skittish, go ahead. Me, I'll be taking a chance.

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