Getting Ready for Harry Potter
Dust off your wands, get your cloaks from the dry cleaners, and get ready for Harry Potter!
Over the weekend, Celebration! Cinema Mount Pleasant sold out all 11 of their auditoriums for the midnight premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I. That is 1,471 people all watching the first part of the magical finale all together at midnight at our Mount Pleasant location.
Add to that another 43 Sold Out shows at other Celebration! Cinema locations throughout Michigan, and you have a total of 12,400 people (as of 10am Tuesday) experiencing a truly magical night that they have been waiting years for.
Digital Projection Helps!
We used to be limited with how many screens we could play a movie on based on the number of film prints we had in the theatre. When we changed to digital projection a few years back, that all changed and we now have the flexibility to keep adding screens until all of our theatres are playing.
This allows for us to add more screens as they sell out – which means that all of our theatres (except Mount Pleasant) still have tickets available for the midnight premiere of Harry Potter.
Many people have asked how that compares to Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. For our midnight shows then, we had just over 9,000 tickets sold for the midnight hour, so we have already passed that record! However, we still have a ways to go to beat the all time record, currently held by Twilight: Eclipse at 18,674 tickets sold. With 4 days left and another 80+ screens available, we will see if the Potter magic can beat out the power of the summer vampire.
The Wizard’s Ball
Some special Muggles will get an early sneak preview of the film at The Wizard’s Ball at Celebration! Grand Rapids North as a benefit for Make A Wish Foundation and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.
With a strolling supper, live entertainment, and auctions of great prize packages – it’s an event to remember. Last we had heard, tickets were still available for this event, but are going fast. For more information, visit the Wizard’s Ball website.
The IMAX Experience
The other hot ticket is the IMAX experience of Harry Potter. Tickets for the IMAX midnight showings sold out in just a matter of hours – and many other showings for opening weekend have also sold out. If you want to be transported you to new worlds that captivate the imagination and make you wonder, “How do they do that?” IMAX makes you feel the full emotional impact of the visionary creators’ dream. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows IMAX Experience is only available at Celebration! Grand Rapids North and Lansing through December 16th (since Tron Legacy opens December 17th) – so be sure to catch it before its gone!
Win a Prize Pack!
To celebrate the opening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One, we have teamed up with Warner Brothers to offer a special prize package just for our blog readers! The package includes 2 tickets to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, a movie T-Shirt, Hat, Sweatshirt, keychain, & tattoo!
To enter, just leave a comment telling us which Harry Potter movie is your favorite and why! (Be sure to fill out your email address in the comments so we can contact the winner.)
Winner to be contacted on Friday, November 19th! Share the good news about Harry Potter and our giveaway with the button below: