Fans prepare for tonight’s Hobbit trilogy back-to-back showing ahead of release of Battle of Five Armies

Gollum, voiced by Andy Serkis, in a scene from The Hobbit trilogy (AP Photo/Warner Bros., File)

Gollum, voiced by Andy Serkis, in a scene from The Hobbit trilogy (AP Photo/Warner Bros., File) - Credit: AP

Three films, a running time of eight and a half hours, in one sitting. Could you sit through the Hobbit marathon?

That’s what over 300 fans will be doing at Ipswich Cineworld in Cardinal Park tonight, as all three films, including the final installment, The Battle of the Five Armies released on at midnight, will be shown back-to-back.

Starting at 6pm, the trilogy runs for around 505 minutes - eight hours and 25 minutes.

One fan going along, Max Geater, 20, cannot wait to see how the epic trilogy concludes.

He said: “I am really looking forward to it. I think it will be a challenge but I am a fan of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. It will be interesting to see how the three films tie together back-to-back.”

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Another, Lee Noble, 27, from Kesgrave, added: “It’s a great way to conclude the series by watching them all together. I did the same with the first two Hunger Games movies and loved it.”

Cineworld has already sold over 300 tickets for the two showings, one in IMAX and one in standard 3D, both at 6pm.

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A spokesperson said: “Cineworld is delighted to be offering fans the chance to watch the fantastic trilogy in one, epic, back-to-back screening at Cineworld Ipswich. Customers can watch their favourite Hobbit movie moments all over again, or for some, see them for the first time, as well enjoy a special showing of the long-awaited third and final instalment.

“There really is no better way to watch the awe-inspiring battle scenes and special effects than on the big screen and we’re thrilled to be offering this opportunity to our customers,”

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