Within hours of the tickets going on sale, the final installment of the Harry Potter films, two showings of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 has sold out at the Arclight Sherman Oaks.
And forget about getting into the first showing of the IMAX 3D screening at Universal City Walk. Those tickets went as fast as the wave of a magic wand.
Already more show times have been added at some local theaters, and the movie will be playing in all 16 theaters in Sherman Oaks beginning at midnight, Thursday night, July 14 and going into Friday morning. They will also have a 2:45 a.m. screening.
“We are anticipating that it will be completely sold out,” said theater manager Sophie Mercz. “It was very crowded for the first half of this [final episode] Harry Potter movie, so it will be even bigger that weekend we think.”
It's also the weekend to stay close to home, too, because it's the time that the traffic is expected to be a nightmare because of the 405 closing. So, there's all the more reason to sit down for the final 2 hours and 10 minutes.
The Warner Bros. movie is the final installment of the popular boy-wizard series, and signs dot Ventura Boulevard and the San Fernando Valley, as well as the walls of the Warner Bros. Lot in Burbank reading: “It All Ends Here.”
Universal Studios has the film in the main multiplex, but the IMAX 3D Experience has already sold out the 12:01a.m. show. They still have some availability for the 2:55 a.m. show, which costs $19.50 per adult ticket.
And, at the Chinese Theatre, hardcore fans can buy tickets for the first half of the movie at 7 p.m. and then go directly to the midnight showing, after the two-hour-26-minute film and see the second part at midnight. It will also play at three theaters of the six multiplex theaters at 12:15 a.m.
Two midnight shows are scheduled for the Grove in Hollywood, in Burbank, Glendale and Century City. Fandango is selling tickets in venues in Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey and other places in Los Angeles.
"People will probably see it a few times that weekend, too, that happens a lot," Mercz said. And, since the traffic is supposed to be terrible anyway, all the more reason to stay in a nice cool theater.