Where can you watch The Hobbit in 48fps?

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Nic Healey can usually be found on a couch muttering about aspect ratios and 7.1 channel sound - which is helpful given that he's the home entertainment guy at CNET.

Which cinemas in Australia will be showing Peter Jackson's The Hobbit in its true 3D 48 frames-per-second format?

The first time this man has been accused of being "too real" since The Office ended.
(Credit: Warner Bros)

It's pretty common knowledge that Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was shot in 48fps — what Warner Bros is marketing as HFR 3D, or high frame rate 3D — and he wants it to be shown in that format.

It's not been to everyone's taste. At 48fps, it has double the frame rate of normal films and its causing a "soap opera effect" for some viewers. In its preview, Variety said that "human actors seemed over-lit and amplified in a way that many compared to ... daytime television".

But director Jackson has been a staunch defender of his choice, taking to Facebook last year to say:

Looking at 24 frames every second may seem OK — and we've all seen thousands of films like this over the last 90 years — but there is often quite a lot of blur in each frame during fast movements, and if the camera is moving around quickly, the image can judder or "strobe". Shooting and projecting at 48fps does a lot to get rid of these issues. It looks much more lifelike, and it is much easier to watch, especially in 3D.

Either way, not all Australian cinemas will be showing The Hobbit in HFR 3D, simply because many haven't moved over to the digital technology that makes it possible. IMAX Sydney has been quite open that it will be showing it in 3D at 24fps, to the disappointment of some viewers.

So, for all the 48fps purists out there, here's a list of the cinemas we've found that have guaranteed HFR sessions. If you've heard of any not on the list, let us know and we'll update. Remember, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens on Boxing Day, 26 December.

Event Cinemas

  • George Street
  • Carindale
  • Castle Hill
  • Bondi
  • Macquarie
  • Parramatta
  • Chermside
  • Indooroopilly
  • Garden City
  • Maroochydore
  • Robina
  • Innaloo
  • Marion
  • Top Ryde
  • Burwood
  • Liverpool
  • Hornsby
  • Campbelltown
  • Tuggerah
  • Glendale
  • Brisbane Myer
  • Cairns Central
  • Morley

Hoyts Cinemas

  • Belconnen
  • Blacktown
  • Broadway
  • Carousel
  • Chadstone
  • Chatsfield
  • Eastland
  • Garden City
  • Highpoint
  • Melbourne Central
  • Northland
  • Norwood
  • Penrith
  • Stafford
  • Tea Tree

Village Cinemas

  • Doncaster
  • Fountain Gate
  • Jam Factory
  • Knox
  • Southland

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AndrewB10 posted a comment   

What about us lovers of 2D? Will we get HFR2D? ie: 48FPS in 2D at the cinemas listed above? Or is this only for the 3D chumps??


michael0909 posted a comment   

Dendy Cinemas in Newtown will be showing it in HFR3D! Cheaper tix than the majors as well: http://bit.ly/TvLAFN


thesorehead posted a comment   

Woo, Castle Hill!

If a game ran at 24FPS most would feel a need to turn the details down to get it back up to a more comfortable speed. Seeing some kind of "cinematic purity" in the 24fps standard is complete bollocks.


joytech22 posted a comment   

WOO! Penrith :D!
One of my favorite plaza's becuase although the surrounding areas are full of LAD's the majority don't enter.

That and it's fairly large.


Spartan Jack 17 posted a comment   

There wouldn't happen to be any Cinemas near Lismore?

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