Four BowTie Cinemas in the area will screen the two-film marathon beginning Thursday, with "The Hobbit" starting at 8 p.m. and "The Desolation of Smaug" having its first regional screening at 12:01 a.m. Friday.
The new film stars Martin Freeman as Baggins, Sir Ian MacKellan as powerful wizard Gandalf the Grey, Andy Sirkas as Gollum/Smeagol and some wondrous CGI magic as the dragon named in the title. (And will comedian and noted Tolkien brainiac Stephen Colbert show up in this film or in the still-forthcoming third installment? Middle Earth fans will have to wait and see.)
You can see the marathon at the following BowTie theaters:
- Mansfield Cinema 14, Hackettstown, 1965 Route 57
- Kinnelon 8, Kinnelon, 25 Kinnelon Road
- Parsippany Cinema 12, Parsippany, 3165 Route 46
- Succasunna Cinema 10, Roxbury Twp., 21 Sunset Strip