Theaters, at least some of them, where fans can experience The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 48 frames per second (instead of the decades old 24 fps of traditional film) have been announced for Regal Cinemas. The announcement also says that all 48 fps screenings will be in 3D. It is not known if that pertains only to the Regal Cinemas or if that will be universally true. (Editor’s note: I hope not!) Many states are not listed but Regal is not the only theater chain that is updating its projection equipment to show director Peter Jackson’s Hobbit films as they were shot, in 3D at 48 fps. But, when tickets go on sale November 7, Regal, at least for now, has given consumers the best information about how The Hobbit will be displayed, a win for cinema fans.

The post announcing the high frame rate 3D screenings explains (sort of) to potential consumers the reason behind the new technology and Jackson’s efforts to shoot the films in a new way. It is careful to point out that viewers will be able to watch the film in the 24 fps, stating viewers can see it in 2D, 3D, IMAX, IMAX 3D and “HFR 3D,” the term it uses for 48 fps screenings. (Most everybody else calls it 48 fps, but perhaps that will be confusing when James Cameron shoots at 60 fps so it is branding a term to cover both.) To read the entire explanation from Regal and to see its cinema listing, click here on a page they title “The Hobbit 48.” (Yes, Regal we are available for branding consultation!) We will post more theater and chain information as it becomes available and more on the technology behind these films in the weeks leading up to its opening. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released in the U.S. December 14 with slight variety for markets around the world. Dolby Atmos, a revolutionary new sound system for theaters is also a possibility for The Hobbit but no details of participating locations are available.


  1. Fredgar Chubb

    The closer we get to Dec 14 the more annoyed I get at the fact that Australia dosent get he Hobbit till Dec 26, with the worry that we wont have anywhere to watch it at 48 fps.

  2. Mare

    When are tickets going on sale in Australia I can’t believe I still haven’t been able to get tickets. I am going to the red carpet premier in New Zealand but Australia still doesn’t know when tickets are on sale. If you are in another country and have tickets enjoy meanwhile Australia waits.

  3. Trevor Florence

    Are there any plans to create a Google Maps mash-up showing all theater locations for 48FPS and Atmos?

  4. Anthony

    I received the following from Cineplex (Canada) a couple weeks ago:

    Thank you for contacting Cineplex Entertainment.

    All of our UltraAVX auditoriums are able to output 48 fps. At this time, we do not have confirmation if the Hobbit will be available in this auditorium. We suggest you to contact us back closer to the release date when we receive more information.

    If you have any further questions, please let me know.

    Given that most new, big box office releases are in their UltraAVX auditoriums, I think there’s a good chance it’ll be shown there.

  5. predictivescript

    I recently spoke to BFI Imax in London, England (where I live) and they don’t know what version of the film they’re getting yet. However, the man on the end of the phone said that he is under the impression HFR (ie 48FPS) is NOT coming to the UK. Hard to confirm this, but if TORn wants to find out that would be a good service!

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