Fans of The Hobbit, rejoice! If you’ve been mourning the film trilogy since The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was released in December of last year, you absolutely have a treat in store. As reported by Far Away Entertainment and Tolkien fansite TheOneRing, the extended editions of all three films will be released in theaters this October.
According to the reports, Fathom Events—a company that offers unique cinematic experiences — and Warner Bros. will join together to screen the three extended editions over the course of three nights beginning Monday, October 5. Besides being the first time these editions have been shown in theaters, it will also be the first time the extended edition for the final film has been released to the public (the extended version will likely be released on DVD and Blu-ray in November). Peter Jackson will also record an exclusive introduction for viewers. As of now, ticket prices are set as regular admission, and it is currently unknown whether each showing will occur on consecutive nights or over the course of a few weeks.
The extended versions of An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug, and The Battle of the Five Armies clock in at 182, 186, and 174 minutes respectively. Despite the fact that this event will not involve back-to-back features, that’s still nine hours and two minutes worth of film time. Which is not something we’re complaining about. At all.
We’ll be sure to update you with more details as we get them. Are you excited to revisit these films in theaters? Let us know in the comments!