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Sad News From IMAX

We know you’ve been waiting with baited breath and keeping your fingers crossed as hard as we have. Late yesterday we were told, most unfortunately, that IMAX was unable to secure a pre-screening of the print of “Half-Blood Prince.”

We’re heartbroken. Please understand that IMAX and WB did everything in their power to try to make this happen for us. The problem did not lie with them in any way, and it came right down to the wire with the negotiation process. When push came to shove, however, Paramount simply refused to work out a deal.

We are as upset and angry as you are surely feeling right now. But! The important thing to remember is that we will STILL have a “Half-Blood Prince” showing - all together, all united by our love of the story.

We hedged our bets a couple weeks ago and purchased tickets to the regular screen's 11:30 PM show. This means that we'll move forward with our plans for the line party, starting around 9:30 PM, and the doors will open a few minutes after 11:00 PM. You can still pick up your tickets at the Azkatraz Booking Office, which will be in the Embarcadero on the 3rd floor Thursday from noon to 6 pm, and at the Metreon itself beginning at 10:00 PM until about 11:15. If your travel plans preclude you getting to the theatre before 11, please write to the registrar and we will determine whether we can resell your tickets. For those of you picking them up, you will also receive a small refund (the difference between the IMAX price and the regular admission price) at that time.

Furthermore, IMAX is so cool that they have given us some consolation gifts and a few special prizes, which we'll be using as door prizes for the line party. So come ready to test your knowledge of Potter and your luck! Ten people will win a pair of complimentary IMAX tickets that they can use anywhere in the U.S. once the IMAX prints are released nationwide.

Meanwhile, if you simply can't contain your indignation at the way Paramount has forced IMAX and WB to disappoint us, we will also have letters prepared - addressed and pre-printed - for you to take, add your own comments, sign, and send to the appropriate office at their studios, to let them know just how this powerful bloc of fans responds to having our hopes dashed like this. Please take them when you get your tickets - and help us make the fans' voices be heard so that next time something like this comes up, we won't get the same treatment.

But for now, let’s put this unfortunate outcome behind us, and focus on the important fact that we can make plans! We can get excited for the movie! We will all see it together!

You know what else usually cheers me up? Shopping! And Barnes & Noble has graciously extended the bookfair (# 581066) through Friday, July 10, so that you can use it to purchase paperback copies of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” among other titles, for the Prisoners’ Literature Project, or for yourselves! Still need an airplane book? Go to Barnes & Noble and give them the flyer or the bookfair # 581066 to get your purchase applied to the HPEF bookfair and help a worthy charity supply incarcerated prisoners with quality reading material. Dictionaries, best-sellers, and other titles are also very welcome and in demand for the Project. Go here: bookfair page for more information about the bookfair and the Prisoners’ Literature Project.

Look for a new Informant before the end of the week, and we’ll see you in 10 days!


( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 9th, 2009 08:27 am (UTC)
When you say that we can pick up our tickets on the Embarcadero, what part of the Embarcadero are you talking about? The hotel itself..Or the Metreon. And we can pick them up as early as Thursday? Or is there a way to get them earlier?

Thanks for your help! I know this is a big loss, but still not as bad as it being cancelled altogether!
Jul. 10th, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
It's actually a reference to a room in the hotel - they're all named after SF streets. :-)
Jul. 9th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
Paramount letter
Can you make that letter available for others to send, even if we aren't able to attend Az? This makes me so angry! I plan to send it in a red envelope.
Jul. 9th, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Paramount letter

The more, the merrier. Let's FLOOD them with letters!

Jul. 10th, 2009 05:13 am (UTC)
Re: Paramount letter
So how can I get this? Will you let me know?
Jul. 10th, 2009 11:11 am (UTC)
Re: Paramount letter
We'll post it.
Jul. 9th, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC)
This entire debacle over the HBP showing makes me just livid. Bad enough the date changed and forces us all to: 1. Miss seeing the movie on opening day together at the con and 2. buy additional tix to see it on the 14th in our respective locations.

Is there a way to either get a refund or resell our SF tix for those on the Waiting List (perhaps in a forum)? I plan to see it on the 14th with other HP friends?
Jul. 9th, 2009 11:05 pm (UTC)
We do have a small waiting list, but we can't extend any refunds at this time as we have already paid for the tickets.

However, they are just regular movie tickets, so if you'd like to post and make private arrangements to pass on your tickets to someone else, feel free.
Jul. 12th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
Thx, Gwen. How do we obtain a refund for the difference between the IMAX price and regular? Is our card charged back or do we request it?
Jul. 12th, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC)
As we said above, your refund will be included in the envelope with your tickets.
Jul. 10th, 2009 05:10 am (UTC)
Can I shop online for the bookfair thing?
Jul. 10th, 2009 11:10 am (UTC)
No, the bookfair is only valid in stores and for phone orders with in-store pickup.
Jul. 10th, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
That's a bummer! I am not a huge fan of in-store, but maybe I'll make a pilgrimage anyway. :) Thanks for getting back to me.
Jul. 16th, 2009 02:01 am (UTC)
My plane lands at 10:20 pm. I'm not checking any luggage, and I am hoping to be able to take a taxi directly to the theatre. If I do not make it by 11:15, will I still be able to get my ticket?

Is it possible to have someone pick it up for me if I give permission beforehand? I do not want to miss out. =( =(
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Welcome to Azkatraz

Azkatraz will take place in San Francisco at the Parc55 Hotel at 55 Cyril Magnin Street from July 17 - 21, 2009.

Azkatraz welcomes Harry Potter fans, ages 14 and up, for almost a week of discussions, meet-ups, fanfic readings, fanart gallery showings, presentations, round-tables, wizard rock, charitable projects, celebrations, booksignings and, of course, Muggle Quidditch.

To learn more about Azkatraz, look through the comm - all our "admin" posts are here, and our "community" livejournal is at http://kickin_azkatraz.livejournal.com - or visit our website at http://www.hp2009.org - and if you can't make it to San Francisco this week, come join us at Infinitus 2010 at Universal Studios Orlando, home of the brand new Wizarding World of Harry Potter; find out more at http://www.infinitus2010.org.

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