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Avatar at the IMAX - 35,000 tickets sold so far‏

Stephen Lang in Avatar

Preview by Jack Foley

JAMES Cameron’s Avatar has sold 35,000 tickets sold so far‏ at the BFI IMAX, confirming the massive demand to see the “game-changing” epic.

Avatar – An IMAX 3D Experience will open at the BFI IMAX alongside the worldwide theatrical release of the film on Thursday, December 16, 2009. It will then screen performances around the clock to cope with demand.

After a preview at 9pm on December 16, the cinema will be open around the clock for the next four days due to the incredible demand for tickets.

Screening times include 12:20am and 3:40am.

Justin Johnson, Head of Operations, BFI IMAX commented: “The demand to see AVATAR at the BFI IMAX is so great that we are keeping the cinema open for 24 hours during the initial four days of the run so that as many people as possible can see the film on Britain’s biggest screen.

“We expect to beat all records with this film and our advance sales figures are already suggesting that we have a Box Office smash on our hands.”

Avatar transports viewers to a spectacular world beyond imagination, where a reluctant hero embarks on an epic adventure, ultimately fighting to save the alien world he has learned to call home.

Cameron, the Oscar-winning director of Titanic, first conceived the film 15 years ago, when the means to realize his vision did not yet exist.

Now, after four years of production, Avatar, a live action film with a new generation of special effects, delivers a fully immersive cinematic experience of a new kind, where the revolutionary technology invented to make the film disappears into the emotion of the characters and the sweep of the story.

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