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Release Date for Some IMAX Editions of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Delayed

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Posted by: sue
June 08, 2009, 01:53 PM

The Wall Street Journal is reporting today they have confirmed with the Chief Executive of Imax reports that there will be a delay in the release of the IMAX and IMAX 3D versions of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince here in the US. When WB first delayed the HBP film last fall, among the many problems it created was a scheduling problem for IMAX and the new Transformers film, thereby forcing Harry Potter fans to wait and see the sixth Harry Potter fans two weeks after the general release of the film. Fans can now see Half-Blood Prince in IMAX July 29. The paper reports this scheduling "means most Imax theaters will show "Harry Potter" starting July 29, two weeks after its July 14 opening in conventional theaters, the company confirmed. Richard Gelfond, Imax chief executive, said at least one Imax theater in New York and another in Los Angeles are scheduled to play "Harry Potter" starting July 14; the dates for international theaters are still being negotiated.

He added that it's a "high-class" problem to have, given that the first 12 minutes of "Harry Potter" will be exclusively in Imax 3D and a few scenes of "Transformers" were shot with Imax cameras, and those are features that have been popular with audiences in the past.

Thanks to Jeff Dodge from TV Watch Online who emailed TLC and all the Harry Potter sites with this news. We are still awaiting word from WB as well and will update with that when we can.

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78 Comments

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44049 Points

That sucks!

Posted by Dolemite [FTC!] on June 08, 2009, 04:31 PM report to moderator
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ARG! We had JUST gotten the IMAX near me too, and now we’ll have to wait. I feel really bad for everyone at Azkatraz too. That really sucks.

Posted by Olivia Elaine a.k.a Agent Pomplamoose on June 08, 2009, 04:41 PM report to moderator
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You guys need to stop blaming WB, because it’s not their fault. It’s IMAX’s fault for screwing up some stupid contract with Paramount about Transformers 2.

Posted by Jaymie Brooks on June 08, 2009, 04:50 PM report to moderator
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Doesn’t matter. I’ll see a few times anyway.

Posted by EJohnson1988 on June 08, 2009, 05:40 PM report to moderator
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bummer, but hopefully it will be easier to get tickets.

Posted by pixi jo *ROAR* on June 08, 2009, 05:43 PM report to moderator
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Who cares about Transformers Anyway?

Posted by Harry Potter 4 Ever!! on June 08, 2009, 05:47 PM report to moderator
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i’ll probably see both.

Posted by Dottie on June 08, 2009, 05:55 PM report to moderator
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I saw OOTP in IMAX and it was great…planning to watch this one too in IMAX

Posted by sanimagus on June 08, 2009, 06:10 PM report to moderator
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Wow, that sucks. :P

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Darn it! I was hoping to catch it in IMAX before I keft for my vacation… maybe it’ll still be playing when I get back.

Posted by Lizbit on June 08, 2009, 07:15 PM report to moderator
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268 Points

i honestly dont care
Im not even sure that there are any imax theaters near me

Posted by Gb1123 on June 08, 2009, 07:30 PM report to moderator
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The whole harry potter film industry must really hate the U.S
just joking :)

Posted by Gb1123 on June 08, 2009, 07:31 PM report to moderator
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i want to see it in imax

Posted by ghostflyer on June 08, 2009, 08:04 PM report to moderator
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Well, I’ve never seen the IMAX version so I guess I don’t know what I’m missing.

Posted by Lucilla{ROAR!!} on June 08, 2009, 08:13 PM report to moderator
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I will be happy to see the film in any format, but the IMAX scenes would be really neat!

Posted by Fresca ROAR on June 08, 2009, 08:25 PM report to moderator
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