The Official Official Batman List

UPDATE: I had originally posted this as an “unofficial, official list” since it came via a huge “via.”  This information, was originally originally posted on and came to The Blog via via a facebook posting by one of the darned best theater directors on the East Coast.  And if she’s posting it, it must be pretty darn true.  I listed it as “unofficial” because IMAX and WB had yet to officially announce the Prologue as actually existing.  This could be because the December 16 launch date for MI4 that used to be exclusive to IMAX is exclusive no more.  Cinemark seems to have struck a deal with Paramount to show the film on the earlier date in their XD theaters and possibly other chains are making similar deals as well.   Of course, since the Prologue is running only in the dying medium of 70mm film, the reasoning could be something different altogether.

I have since come across the official press release from Warner Brothers, which follows.  I highly recommend seeing the Prologue at the Franklin Institute, but that’s only due to my dome fetish.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ “The Dark Knight Rises”—the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy—is one of the most anticipated films of 2012, but moviegoers won’t have to wait until next year to see the six-minute opening sequence of the film. The film’s prologue will be unveiled exclusively in select 70mm IMAX® theatres worldwide. The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, and Veronika Kwan-Rubinek, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

The Prologue will be released in North America on December 16, and in the UK on December 21, 2011. Additional international dates vary by territory and will be announced soon.

In making the 2008 blockbuster “The Dark Knight,” Nolan was the first to use IMAX® cameras in a major motion picture release, and, as now, audiences were given an advance look at that film’s prologue months prior to the Summer 2008 opening. Nolan employed the extremely high-resolution cameras even more extensively on “The Dark Knight Rises”—including the film’s prologue—to achieve unprecedented crispness and clarity and a truly immersive experience for the moviegoers.

Christopher Nolan stated, “Our experience on ‘The Dark Knight’ shooting and projecting IMAX 15 perf 65mm/70mm film was inspiring. The immersive quality of the image goes beyond any other filmmaking tool available, and in revisiting Gotham, we were determined to shoot even more of the movie in this unique format.”

“Giving the fans an early look at an IMAX sequence is a great way to draw attention to what I believe will be an incredible way to experience our story when it comes out next summer.”

Following is a list of the theatres in North America in which the Prologue of “The Dark Knight Rises” will be revealed on December 16th:

Austin, TX || IMAX Theater Austin 

Boston, MA || Jordan’s IMAX 

Boston, MA || IMAX 3D Theatre in Reading

Calgary, AB || Scotiabank Theatre Chinook 16 + IMAX

Chantilly, VA || Washington, DC Udvar-Hazy Center IMAX 

Chicago, IL || Navy Pier IMAX Theatre 

Des Moines, IA || SCI IMAX Dome Theater Des

Detroit, MI || Henry Ford IMAX 

Edmonton, AB || Scotiabank Theatre Edmonton + IMAX 

Harrisburg, PA || The Whitaker Center for Science & the Arts IMAX 

Houston, TX || Houston Marq*e Stadium 22 + IMAX

 Indianapolis, IN || White River IMAX 

Los Angeles, CA || Irvine Spectrum 20 + IMAX 

Los Angeles, CA || RAVE 18 + IMAX 

Los Angeles, CA || Ontario Palace Stadium 22 + IMAX 

Los Angeles, CA || Citywalk Stadium 19 with IMAX 

Madison, WI || Star 18 Fitchburg with IMAX

Miami, FL || AutoNation IMAX 

Minneapolis, MN || Great Clips IMAX 

Montreal, QC || Cinema Banque Scotia Montreal + IMAX 

Nashville,TN || Opry Mills Stadium 20 + IMAX 

New York, NY || Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX 

New York, NY || Palisades IMAX 

Omaha, NE || Star Cinema 16 with IMAX 

Orlando, FL || Pointe Orlando Stadium 20 + IMAX 

Ottawa, ON || Silvercity Gloucester + IMAX 

Palm Springs, CA || Desert IMAX Theatre 

Philadelphia, PA || IMAX & the Tropicana 

Philadelphia, PA || Tuttleman IMAX – Franklin Institute 

Phoenix, AZ || Arizona Mills 25 with IMAX 

Providence, RI || Providence Place 16 with IMAX 

Quebec City, QC || IMAX Le Theatre At Quebec 

Sacramento, CA || Esquire IMAX 

San Antonio, TX || IMAX at RiverCenter 

San Francisco, CA || Metreon 16 with IMAX & ETX 

Seattle, WA || Boeing IMAX – Pacific Science Center 

Tampa, FL || Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

Toronto, ON || Coliseum 12 Mississauga + IMAX

Toronto, ON || Scotiabank Theatre Toronto + IMAX 

Toronto, ON || Colossus 18 Woodbridge + IMAX 

Vancouver, BC || Colossus Langley + IMAX

 Vancouver, BC || Silvercity Riverport 18 + IMAX

Below is a list of the theaters in the UK in which the Prologue of The Dark Knight Rises will be revealed on December 21st:

UK || BFI London 

UK || National Media Museum IMAX Bradford 

UK || Glasgow Science Centre IMAX Cinema 

UK || Odeon Manchester IMAX @ The Printworks

Opening on July 20, 2012, “The Dark Knight Rises” features an international all-star cast, led by Oscar® winner Christian Bale (“The Fighter”) in the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”), as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake. Reprising their roles from both “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight,” Oscar® winner Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”) plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) plays Lucius Fox.

Nolan directed “The Dark Knight Rises” from a screenplay by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. The film is produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven, who previously teamed on “Batman Begins” and the record-breaking blockbuster “The Dark Knight.” Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull are the executive producers, with Jordan Goldberg serving as co-producer. “The Dark Knight Rises” is based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Batman created by Bob Kane.

“The Dark Knight Rises” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. The prologue has been rated PG-13 by the MPAA for “some violence.”

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