Peter of AHA MEDIA says
Oh what a memorable weekend to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in Vancouver!
Friday night December 14, 2012 we went to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. A movie I have been waiting for ever since the first Lord of the Rings movie came out. We arrived 3 hrs early (we aren’t stupid, we knew what the lineups would be like) and settled 2nd in line with popcorn, nachos, and drinks inside special edition cups (mine had a mini Gandalf on top).
We were delighted to make new friends Martin and Michael.
2.5 hrs later after turning aside line budgers and whiny people, we get into the movie theater and see a totally blank screen, no commercials, no trailers. Hmm, that never happens. After 1/2 hr of waiting, the manager comes in and tells us that there were technical difficulties and that the movie would be cancelled for the night; we would be able to get refunds and at the front desk. Cue riots, yelling, and the throwing of various food items at the manager.
Saturday December 15, 2012 rolls around: we come back to see the movie once more (must see it or the world will end). We get in line (first in line this time) with more popcorn and nachos and get in easily.
We met Ken, the General Manager who was very kind and considerate when listening to our thoughts about the night before with the technical difficulties. We felt Ken really cared what we had to say. We will always return back to Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver to watch movies in the future.
Sharing the front of the line with us was a very nice Dr. Stan Karon and his sons who sat beside us and enjoyed the movie with us.
In walking into the theatre we were very relieved to see lights. Yay, this time there are commercials and trailers up on screen! 20 mins later the movie starts to cheers from the crowd, everyone is happy!
The movie starts with Bilbo Baggins as an old man recounting his journey and writing it in a book for his nephew (really adopted son) Frodo Baggins who we see in the 3 Lord of the Rings films. Cut to 60 years previous where Bilbo is overwhelmed by an unexpected party in his small Bag End under the hill with a little green door. 13 Dwarves and a very tall Gandalf (played excellently by Ian McKellen) invade his house, tell him about a great dragon, and enlist his help as a burglar to kill the dragon Smaug. I will not tell you anything else about the movie except that there are plenty of fight scenes, lots of humor, plenty of orcs and wargs (their riding wolves), and some rather impressive elves headed by Cate Blanchett revising her role as Galadriel and Hugo Weaving as Elrond. Oh, not to forget, there is a crazy Brown wizard that rides a dog sled towed by bunnies.
You must see this movie, it is epic! A fantastic movie to remember forever!!!
Thanks to Martin, Michael, Ken Mont, General Manager of Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver , Dr. Stan Karon and his sons and Cineplax Scotia Bank Theatre in Vancouver for making our Hobbit movie experience extraordinary!!
Below are all our photos from our Hobbit movie experience:
Friday Dec 14th 2012, Peter of AHA MEDIA has been waiting almost 10 years to see The Hobbit!
Hobbit in 3D!
Peter and April in the lineup to purchase Hobbit tickets!
Peter at the Cashier, paying for Hobbit tickets!
Our Hobbit movie tickets on opening day!!!
Peter with the Hobbit display
Peter at Theatre 2 which plays The Hobbit!
Peter is among the very first in line!
One Hobbit Ticket!
Two Hobbit Tickets!
Peter with Gandalf drink cup and Popcorn!
Line up is growing!
Lineups reaching all the way down the Hall!
Peter is so happy and excited!
Peter is getting ready to go into the theatre!
With our new friends Martin and Michael
A black screen due to technical difficulties!!!
Peter and April are so disappointed over NO Hobbit movie playing!!!!
Manager tells us about the technical difficulties with the Hobbit movie
Manager speaks to a concerned patron
Theatre almost empty
Some Hobbit fans still waiting!
Manager heading out courtesy refund tickets
Manager reassuring customers
Saying goodbye to the Christmas tree in the Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver
Our courtesy tickets for the Hobbit movie
Next day Saturday Dec 15, Peter and April are back to see Hobbit movie!
Holding our new Hobbit movie tickets!
Closeup of our Hobbit movie tickets!
Peter is first in line!
We’re first in line for Hobbit Movie! Thanks to Ken Mont, General Manager of Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver for taking our photo
April of AHA MEDIA with Ken Mont, General Manager of Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver
Peter trying on 3D glasses!
Making new friends with Dr. Stan Karon and his sons.
A closeup of our Hobbit movie ticket
We’re finally going in to see the Hobbit movie!!
Enjoying our seats with Dr. Stan Karon and waiting for the Hobbit movie to start!
Hooray! We’re finally watching The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey movie
A fully packed movie theatre for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey movie at Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver
Watch the The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey movie at Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver again and again!!