will be hosting a premiere of the much-awaited Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 at 12:01 a.m. Friday.
The extremely popular movie is the eighth and final one, based on the Harry Potter novels authored by J. K. Rowling.
“In the epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces of the wizarding world escalates into an all-out war,” the synopsis narrates on the Marcus Theatre website. “The stakes have never been higher and
no one is safe. But it is Harry Potter who … may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort.”
Marcus Rosemount Theatre concessions employee Ashley Asaad said, “We’ve sold 220 tickets so far – 50 in one theatre, and 170 in the other,” as of Mon. July 11.
The theatre will be showing the movie on two separate screens at midnight Friday.
Asaad estimated the theatre will see between 300 to 400 movie-goers at the premiere. However, there are about 300 seats left until the tickets are sold out.
“I’m definitely going to guess there’s going to be more people since the last Harry Potter movie, [because] it’s the finale. I know Lakeville is sold out, and I’m going to guess Apple Valley is as well – so if they [local movie goers] want to see it, they’re going to come here.”
Premieres comparable to this one can be “incredibly busy,” she said. At the “Twilight” premiere, for example, “there were two ticket tiers; the line [went] out the door. A line for concessions wrapped around. It’s pretty insanely crazy, but always fun. People are so enthusiastic, and it keeps us busy,” Asaad said, adding, “We definitely expect to see customers dress up for the premiere … most do.”
There are usually 12 to 15 employees on hand for a special event like this one – many more than the usual three or four per shift.
Asaad offered a piece of advice for Rosemount movie goers: “We’re going to be digital (use digital cinema) by the end of the summer, but not yet. Just expect the best – I never noticed a difference before [between digital and non-digital].”
The Rosemount Cinema does feature state-of-the-art stadium seating auditoriums and digital surround sound.
She added, “I am a huge Harry Potter fan myself and am so excited to see what’s going to happen [in the movie] … even though I already know, since I read the book.”
Showtimes on Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16 at the Marcus Rosemount Theatre are: 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 5:05 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 8:05 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
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