When director Christopher Nolan chose Pittsburgh as the new Gotham for The Dark Knight Rises, we were more than willing to make Batman our own. After months of endless trailers, images and blurry video of Bane at Heinz Field – not to mention the recent eye-opening featurette – locals are ready to don their Gotham Rogues jerseys and watch their city get destroyed by a mad man. In preparation for the much-anticipated release, consider some of these special, bat-approved events that should make your viewing experience all the more enjoyable.
The Dark Knight Marathon – Southside Works Cinema
Nolan emphasized his intent for the Dark Knight trilogy as three acts of one story, complete with expansive character arcs and an exploration of the multi-layered history of Batman. In other words, if it’s been awhile since you’ve seen the origin story Batman Begins, or the action packed Dark Knight, now might be a good time to revisit them.
To make it easier, Southside Works Cinema will show all three movies in one night. On July 19th, the marathon begins with the first screening at 6:30 p.m. and ends with a midnight matinée of The Dark Knight Rises. All three films costs $20 when you buy your tickets at the box office.
The Dark Knight Trilogy – AMC Loews Waterfront
AMC Loews Waterfront will also spotlight the series with The Dark Knight Trilogy. On July 19th, fans can see all three films for $25, or see them in IMAX for $40. Considering that Nolan stressed the importance of seeing The Dark Knight Rises in the IMAX format (he shot about half of the film on large-format, ultra resolution cameras), it should be worth dropping the extra $15.
The event starts at 6 p.m. and ends with a midnight showing of the final installment. Each ticket purchase includes a commemorative lanyard and poster. Get them before they’re sold out!
Dark Knight Rises IMAX Premiere – Carnegie Science Center’s Rangos Omnimax Theater
Is watching the film at a regular movie theater not epic enough for you? Visit the Carnegie Science Center and see it at Pittsburgh’s biggest theater. The four-story Rangos Omnimax is one of 50 located throughout the country, and the only domed facility of its kind in the region. The Dark Knight Rises will premiere there on July 20th at midnight, with show times continuing through August 19th. Tickets are $11 for Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh members of all ages, $12 per ticket for non-members.
Gotham Nights – The ToonSeum
The ToonSeum gets batty at their annual fundraiser Ka-Blam! with this year’s theme, Gotham Nights. On Saturday, July 21st, they’ll celebrate Pittsburgh’s role in one of the year’s most anticipated films with their exhibit Pittsburgh as Gotham, a look at the city’s many ties to the Batman legacy both on the big and small screens.
The evening will feature a silent auction at 8 p.m., with auction items such as one-of-a-kind works from both locally and nationally known artists, collections of rare comics, travel packages, locally themed gift baskets, and much more. All proceeds from the silent auction will benefit the Toonseum. Food, beverages and music will also be provided.
The VIP reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and the main event opens at 8 p.m. Ticket prices are $50 for General Admission, $125 for a VIP pass (includes one-year ToonSeum individual membership) or $200 for a VIP couple pass (includes one-year ToonSeum Family Membership).