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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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133 Points

Dude, that’s not cool.

Posted by Christy on June 12, 2009, 01:01 PM report to moderator
7239 Points

Our only Imax theater is in Charleston…so we’re not real worried…I don’t think WB is going to delay the general release. No one seems to be paying attention to the fact that it is NOT WB’s decision! It’s IMAX’s…THEY chose what will be shown when… THEY don’t give a rats behind whether the movie is scheduled to open everywhere or not! Don’t go blaming WB, this time! Not their call!
Like everyone else, I’ve seen so far, who CARES about IMAX….? It’s not going to change the general release, so I’m happy!

Posted by Confederate Lady [CL, Rawwrrrr] on June 16, 2009, 12:01 AM report to moderator
3048 Points

It is a pity that this scheduling conflict had to arise, as I would have loved to have seen the film in IMAX as soon as possible. Oh, well. As long as I am able to see the film on July 15th, I am not going to complain at all.

Posted by Kirk on June 16, 2009, 05:24 AM report to moderator
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