The Hobbit 48fps HFR Odeon and Vue UK cinema screens revealed

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the-hobbit-top.jpgThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is expected to be one of this winter’s big cinema hits. The first in a new trilogy based on the J.R.R Tolkien novel, it’s directed by Peter Jackson (he of “Lord of the Rings” fame), and is a continuation of the New Zealand-born director’s vision of Middle Earth.

However, it’s release is not without a touch of controversy. Peter Jackson has chosen to shoot the film in HFR at 48 frames per second, a frame rate twice the rate of traditional presentations. Jackson and his team claims that this will reduce blur and improve clarity in the film’s 3D action scenes. It’s had a mixed reception, with some heralding it as the new standard for film, and others claiming it cheapens the look of the film, making it appear as though it’s shot on a home video camera.

You’ll be able to come to your own conclusion as to whether or not HFR is the Emperor’s New Clothes of cinema or a genuine technological breakthrough, as both Vue and Odeon cinema chains have just revealed which of their UK cinemas are to show the 48fps version of the film. Scroll down to see which cinemas are getting the special screenings. Cineworld too have confirmed that they will be offering 48fps screenings, but have yet to divulge which cinemas this will include.

If you’d rather not watch the 48fps version, pretty much every other cinema up and down the land will be playing the movie in standard 24fps. With The Hobbit set to be this Christmas’s biggest film, it’s likely that the cinemas listed below will offer 24fps screenings alongside the 48fps showings too.

The Vue cinemas which will screen The Hobbit at 48fps are:

Acton
Bolton
Bristol Cribbs Causeway
Bury
Camberley
Dublin
Edinburgh Omni
Exeter
Finchley North
Finchley Road
Fulham
Halifax
Harrow
Hull
Islington
Leeds Kirkstall
Livingston
Newcastle-under-Lyme
Norwich
Oxford
Plymouth
Portsmouth
Reading
Staines
Swansea
Watford
Westfield London
Westfield Stratford
York

The list of Odeon screens is as follows:

Bath
Belfast
Birmingham Broadway Plaza
Blackpool
Bournemouth
Braehead
Brighton
Cardiff
Chelmsford
Dundee (Douglas Field)
Dunfermline
Glasgow Quay
Greenwich
Guildford
Hatfield
Huddersfield
Kensington
Kettering
Kingston
Leicester Square
Lincoln
Liverpool One
Manchester Printworks
Marble Arch
Metrocentre
Newcastle East
Norwich
Oxford Magdalen St
Southampton
Surrey Quays
Taunton
Trafford Centre
Tunbridge Wells
Uxbridge the Chimes
Whiteleys Lounge
Wimbledon
Wrexham

Gerald Lynch