The beginning of the end launched Thursday, July 7 in London, and will cross the ocean to America as the premier of the final installment of the Harry Potter film series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II, will be aired on movie screens beginning at midnight, Friday July 15.
The Marcus Ridge Cinemas in New Berlin will have a Harry Potter Marathon on Wednesday & Thursday, July 13 and 14. The only other Marcus Theatre in Waukesha County to have this type of event is at the in Menomonee Falls.
"We will be showing Harry Potter #1 through #3 beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, and starting again at noon on Thursday, July 14th, with Harry Potter #4- #8," said Nadene Foti, general manager at the Ridge.
"We just started advertising this event, so I am not sure how popular it will be. However, the midnight shows are almost completely sold out," she said. "We will have many people waiting to get in to see the midnight shows. We have outside 'hold out' lines, by specific show times, and people start camping out earlier in the day."
Foti said they generally see many die-hard fans, many of them dressed in costume. There will be seven screens showing the final movie and lines will be arranged by the movie start times.
For the marathon, there are 225 total tickets available, and it will be shown on the Marcus Ridge's largest screen. No single-movie tickets for the first seven movies will be sold, and the package for the marathon is $45. Foti said Warner Brothers is also sending special Harry Potter-shaped 3D glasses for the marathon midnight show. (Movies 1-7 are shown in 2D.) Since many HP fans already have tickets to the midnight showing, they are also offering a $30 seven film upgrade ticket, which is only available at the theater box office,with proof of the midnight show ticket.
"We try to have some fun out there, with Ridge staff members hosting trivia contests, and this year we’re going to have a HP Family Feud game," Foti said. "I am definitely a Harry Potter fan, as are most of the Ridge Cinema staff members. We love midnight premieres and marathons, because it gives us the opportunity to have some fun on the job!"
She explained that Ridge associates Jeff Jacobs and Tony Nitz like to volunteer to work these events by trying to make the waiting fun for the guests, with trivia and other games. Some associates also enjoy dressing up.
Foti said a Facebook event has been set up through the Marcus Ridge Cinema Facebook page for attendees that want to RSVP and talk Harry, Hogwarts and horcruxes. Tickets can also be purchased for the marathon online at www.marcustheatres.com.