Chicago’s Navy Pier to Feature ‘72 Hours of Batman’ For ‘The Dark Knight’ IMAX Premiere

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CHICAGO – “The Dark Knight,” which for hordes of moviegoers across the U.S. is 2008’s most anticipated film, won’t just open on July 18, 2008 in Chicago to everyday fanfare. It was announced on Wednesday that the film will have “72 hours of Batman” that weekend at Chicago’s Navy Pier for its IMAX version.

Beginning with the first public showing at midnight on Friday, July 18 (late Thursday night), the film will show consecutively all weekend until late Sunday, July 20 (the midnight show). As well, various Batman-themed games, contests and prizes will add to the buzz throughout the weekend.

A scene from The Dark Knight
A scene from “The Dark Knight”.
Photo credit: The New York Times on March 9, 2008

Just in time for Father’s Day, tickets for every show that weekend go on sale this Thursday, June 12. Because it’s IMAX, the price is jacked up a bit to $15 for adults or $13 for children. Tickets can be obtained at This is the film’s description:

“The Dark Knight” reunites director Christopher Nolan and star Christian Bale, who reprises the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne. Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of lieutenant Jim Gordon and district attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the city streets.

The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as The Joker.

The film also stars Academy Award winner Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”) as Alfred; Academy Award nominee Heath Ledger (“Brokeback Mountain”) as arch villain The Joker; Gary Oldman as lieutenant Jim Gordon; Aaron Eckhart as district attorney Harvey Dent; Maggie Gyllenhaal as Rachel Dawes; and Oscar winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) as Lucius Fox.

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Moeez's picture


If I had $500, I’d be on a flight to Chicago in a heartbeat for that!!! Man, all you lucky people in Chicago!!! :D

czarag00's picture

words cannot express how

words cannot express how awesome this is, i’m definitely going to a late night show, and going out for a celebratory drink beforehand.


A little over a month to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!'s picture

Just announced: 'The Dark Knight Project' to film this weekend! just learned that Chicago filmmaker Jerry Vasilatos will shoot a short film entitled “The Dark Knight Project” on June 14 and 15, 2008 (this weekend!) in Chicago on a shoestring budget.

He says the short will bridge the events between 2005’s “Batman Begins” and the upcoming blockbuster “The Dark Knight”. Read our full news story here.

The Real Thomas's picture

Imax or another premier location in chicago, thats difficult

i’ll mention it here when i know,

hope everyone attends, including the ‘respectful’ for heath,

The Real Thomas :) :) :) :)

ps (yes, the REAL one)

pss (hamed out alittle, need to lose the weight lol)

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