Before Frodo and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, there was another epic tale from J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle Earth.
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey", the first in the three-part series, officially opens Friday – but there are midnight showings tonight for hardcore fans.
According to IMDB.com, the movie traces the story of "a curious Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, (who) journeys to the Lonely Mountain with a vigorous group of Dwarves to reclaim a treasure stolen from them by the dragon Smaug."
The film debuts at Apple Tree Cinema 12 in Londonderry at 12:01 a.m. for a midnight showing. There's also a 3-D show at 12:02 a.m. Tickets can be purchased directly from the theater's website.
Regular showtimes at the Apple Tree Cinema 12 start Friday, Dec. 14. Visit their site for all show times.
Tickets for the midnight showings also are available by connecting through The Hobbit's official site.
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" is rated PG-13 and has a run time of 2 hours and 50 minutes. It was directed by Peter Jackson.