Holyhead cinema's Hobbit disappointment


Geraint Jones

HOLYHEAD film fans are missing out after movie bosses decided they would have to wait more than a month to see the latest blockbuster in its full 3D glory.

Ucheldre Centre manager Mike Gould was disappointed that Warner Brothers wanted them to show the Hobbit exclusively, leaving charity productions and a pantomime in the lurch.

The nearest cinema to show The Hobbit in 3D was Cineworld in Llandudno Junction, which is 44 miles from Holyhead.

He said:”It just seems a bit of a pity. I think most of Warner Brothers’ decision are made in America, so I don’t think they realise the concept of of a rural community.”

Peter Jackson’s blockbuster adventure was filmed in high frame rate 3D to give viewers the highest ever picture definition.

Mike added: “The introduction of digital has transformed the way film can be distributed cheaply and widely on hard drives, enabling venues like us to be able to show it.

Mike said hard drives would cost Warner Brothers around £30-£40.

He added: “However, Warner's still seem stuck in old universe, and want exclusivity; we cannot cancel a panto and long standing charity events.”

Anglesey MP Albert Owen said he had mixed feelings about Warner Brothers’ decision, said Anglesey cinema goers has “lost out. and added his office had spoken to the company.

However, he added: “I supported the Ucheldre Centre having the chance to screen the film as a community cinema, however I am glad that the Empire is showing it (in 2-D), so that people don;t have to travel to Llandudno.”

Warner Brothers UK were unavailable for comment.

The Ucheldre Centre will show the Hobbit on January 23, 27, 30, February 1 and 3.
For show times, visit the Ucheldre Centre website at www.ucheldre.org, or call 01407 763361.

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