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Best Ways To Bring Middle-Earth To DFW

The Hobbit Poster
(credit: courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)

Starring Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman and Cate Blanchett, "The Hobbit" movie's excited fans are already buying advance theater tickets. Groups are making plans for line parties, looking for costumes and creating Hobbit, Elrond, Gandalf and Gollum outfits. "The Hobbit" is the first book in author J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy series and remains one of the Top 10 best-selling books of all time. If you're one of the many who know it's for good reason, check out the best ways to bring Middle-earth to DFW.

Hulen Movie Tavern
4920 S. Hulen Road
Fort Worth, TX 76132
(817) 546-7090
movietavern.tstickets.comPrices: $12 adult 3D/$9.50 reserved student, senior 3D movie/$9.50 reserved child 3D movie
Hours: Dec. 14 premiere check website for show timesHobbit fans do not have to travel far to find a large digital DX screen, a delicious dinner and reserved seats for the opening of  "The Hobbit." Enjoy a special event drink for patrons 21 and older, and order an American classic meal including burgers, sliders, pizza and bruschetta flatbread while relaxing in comfortable stadium seats with a table for dining. To ensure a quality experience for all ticket holders, guests 16 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. It is suggested that moviegoers arrive 45 minutes before show time even though seating is reserved. Hulen Movie Tavern's RealD 3D movies have an additional charge. This XD movie theater is similar to iMAX although it is made by Cinemark. The theater has a higher slope, a customized sound system and a wall-to-wall screen that pulls the viewer into the movie.

Costume World Dallas
13621 Inwood Road
Dallas, TX 75244
(972) 404-0584

Costume World Dallas is a year-round costume house with more than 1 million items in its collection. The facility is located in the Galleria section of Dallas and offers experienced staff to help you put together an original costume. It also offers a fully licensed line of costumes for franchise merchandise. Masks and or costumes of Bilbo Baggins, Gollum, Gandalf and other creatures from the J.R.R. Tolkien books may be ordered in advance.

Cinemark iMAX Theatre
11819 Webb Chapel
Dallas, TX 75234
(972) 247-8172

Prices: $15.75 adult 3D movie/$12.50 student, senior, child 3D movie
Hours: Dec. 14 midnight premiere

The Webb Chapel Cinemark iMAX Theatre is a favorite of Dallas moviegoers. In fact, moviegoers from throughout north and east Texas travel miles for the blockbuster movies shown here. Spontaneous line parties are popular, and many of the movie fans dress in costumes to celebrate. Theater manager Luis Duran said, "The 3D effect is even greater with our two projectors. It makes the image deeper. The RealD unit splits the picture in two and the 3D glasses have a polarized left and right eye. You feel like you're in the movie. Our screen is the largest in the metroplex at five stories high and seven stories wide." Although fans may purchase advance tickets, Cinemark does not offer reserve seating. For the Dec. 14 midnight showing, Duran mentioned it has been his experience that moviegoers will bring folding lawn chairs, pads and snacks while waiting the day before at noon until just before midnight. The wait usually turns into a party with new sci-fi friends.

4404 N. Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 824-1269

Anyone who knows anything about Hobbits knows they love to eat. Denny's offers a special menu that is so good it could delay Bilbo Baggins' journey to save Middle-earth. Some of the menu items include: Build Your Own Hobbit Slam, Hobbit Hole Breakfast, Frodo's Pot Roast Skillet and Gandalf's Gobble Melt. It is a great idea to begin Hobbit event day by eating a hearty breakfast for enough energy to outwit Gollum and the dark Lord Sauron.

Related: Best Independent Movie Theaters in the DFW Area

AMC NorthPark 15
8687 N. Central Expressway, Suite 3000
Dallas, TX 75225
(888) 262-4386

Price: $15.75 The Hobbit iMAX 3D premiere adults/$12.50 children
Hours: Dec. 14 at midnight premiere. Check website for other show times.

In anticipation of "The Hobbit" Dec. 14 at midnight, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Marathon held Dec. 8 to 9 beginning at 10 a.m. kicked off the fun. A line party is already planned for the premiere Dec. 14. The manager suggests that fans arrive at noon Dec. 13, for the first show at midnight. Advance tickets are not reserved seats, so it is first come first serve. This theater features RealD viewing that is more detailed, at 48 frames per second for a super-sharp picture. The line party encourages costumes but nothing gory, and masks are not allowed.

Inwood Theatre
5458 W. Lovers Lane
Dallas, TX 75209
(214) 352-5085
(214) 764-9106
www.landmarktheatres.comPrices: $10/$3 3D surcharge
Hours: Dec. 14 midnight premiereThe Inwood Theatre in Dallas is a special place with a cool panache. Recently named as one of the Top 10 movie theaters in America by USA Today, its newest screening lounge has LoveSac seating that includes couches, loveseats, chairs and ottomans. A private bar serves excellent martinis, a variety of cocktails and soft drinks. In addition to comfort and style, the theater has three screens, DLP Digital Projections and Sound, and recently added its 3D format. The Inwood Theatre offers advanced tickets sales for "The Hobbit" premiere but without reserve seating.Related: Fort Worth's Ridglea Movie Theater Back Open
Marilee Vergati, is an international award winning art director and writer. As a native Dallasite and fifth generation Texan, she brings a unique insight to her beloved state, its events, arts, ecology and people. Her work can be found on

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