First Posted: 7/5/2009
The boy wizard will return to the big screen July 15 as Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince hits theaters nationwide, and hell be weaving his spell on local audiences as soon as the clock strikes midnight.
Creekside Stadium 10 will be hosting a midnight showing of the film Tuesday evening, July 14, with previews starting at 11:59 p.m. The film itself should begin at 12:01 Wednesday morning.
Tickets are now on sale for the showing through the theaters web site at www.franktheaters.com or at the theaters box office. The tickets run the same as regular evening films at $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under and seniors.
Management at the theater asks that as many people as possible buy tickets in advance so they know how many people to prepare for in setting up the film. However, there should be a few tickets left the night of the premier.
While the theater itself will have only minimal decorations for the event, Chase Culler, a member of the production crew, says the people are what make the atmosphere around the movie special.
A lot of people are really keen on dressing up, he said. There are lots of costumes and people clapping. Its a really lively atmosphere.
For previous midnight releases, the theater has had between 300 and 700 people show up and staff expect the total for this film to fall somewhere in that range.
It is expected that patrons will begin lining up to get in the movie by 11 p.m. based on past experiences with other movies in the series.
Half-Blood Prince is the sixth installment in a soon-to-be eight part series based on the books by J.K. Rowling. The seventh book, which has been split into two films, is expected to be released in 2010 and 2011, wrapping up the film series that began in 2001.