The Hobbit - In HFR 3d

The Hobbit

What is High Frame Rate 3D (HFR 3D)?

A technological advancement in the cinema going experience, the innovative HFR 3D format presents the picture in 48 frames per second (fps), twice the rate of the standard 24 fps seen on other films.

Shot by legendary director Peter Jackson who has pushed the boundaries of film making, expect hyper realistic crystal clear digital image quality for the ultimate experience, "I started shooting The Hobbit films in HFR because I wanted film audiences to experience just how remarkably immersive the theatrical cinema experience can be".

‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ in HFR 3D follows 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' which played in HFR 3D, and the finale, 'The Hobbit: There and Back' which will also play in HFR 3D in 2014.


'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' is also available in other formats. To book tickets in non-HFR 3D format, please select this link.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which cinemas will show The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in HFR 3D?
The HFR 3D format is available for certain performances at selected cinemas only. To see a list of cinemas playing ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ in HFR 3D, click on the Book button above and view the cinema dropdown list within the Showtimes section.

How much does an HFR 3D ticket cost?
There is no additional cost for seeing the performance specifically in HFR, other than the usual upgrade costs which apply for 3D, IMAX and ISENSE performances.

What formats will I be able to see The Hobbit in?
‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ will be released on 13th December 2013 in multiple formats including 3D, IMAX, IMAX 3D, ISENSE, ISENSE 3D, 2D, plus HFR 3D, HFR IMAX 3D and HFR ISENSE 3D.
2D performances of the ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ will be programmed and available to book nearer the time of the films release date.
To book tickets to see ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ in non-HFR 3D format, please select this link.

What is a frame rate?
Frame rates are the number of images (frames) displayed by a projector in one second. 24 frames per second (fps) is the current standard in cinemas worldwide. HFR 3D productions of 48 fps record and play visuals at twice the current rate.

Is it film or digital?
HFR 3D has been developed as digital technology.

Why HFR 3D?
HFR 3D represents a technological advancement in the motion picture experience providing another option for cinema guests. Peter Jackson is pushing the boundaries of new filmmaking technologies on ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ and shot the film on HFR 3D, so it is being released in that format in addition to traditional formats.

Is HFR only available in 3D?
Yes. The HFR version of ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ will be available in 3D only.

Do I need special 3D glasses to view in HFR 3D?
No, standard 3D glasses can be used for HFR 3D presentations.

Why is HFR 3D not showing in my local cinema?
We would love to be able to show this format in every cinema, but unfortunately we do not receive enough HFR 3D copies of the film to play in every cinema. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.

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