Moviegoers will have to hunt to find next month's release of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" shown with a new controversial high frame rate technology.
With advance tickets set to go on sale Wednesday for the movie, which opens nationwide Dec. 14, major theater chains have begun listing specific locations that will show the film at 48 frames per second, a first-ever upgrade from the conventional 24 frames.
Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution for the film's backer Warner Bros. said the 48 frames version of the movie will screen in only about 450 theaters in the U.S. and Canada (all of which are also 3-D). Event movies like "The Hobbit" typically open in around 4,000 cinemas.
Fellman added that high frame rate theaters will be located in or near most major and mid-sized cities. The distribution chief added that he does not expect theaters to charge moviegoers an additional ticket price premium for the high frame rate showings on top of 3-D surcharges.