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List Of IMAX Theaters Showing 9-Minute Into Darkness Preview Available Now December 6, 2012

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Star Trek Into Darkness , trackback

It has already been announced that the first 9 minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness was going to be seen along with showings of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey starting on December 14th. Today Paramount is providing a list of which IMAX will be showing this Trek preview. Not every theater with The Hobbit will have the preview. TrekMovie has some exclusive details below. 


Find out where you can see Extended 9-Minute Preview of Into Darkness in IMAX

Today Paramount updated the official site to include a list of IMAX theaters in the USA and Canada which will be featuring the first 9-minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness along with IMAX 3D screenings of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. You can see the full list at

You should note that not every IMAX theater showing The Hobbit will also be showing the Star Trek preview so make sure you check that list before buying your tickets. The preview will be showing with the "Digital" IMAX 3D theaters. About 20% of IMAX theaters use traditional film, but those will not be participating in the preview. A spokesperson for IMAX explained why to TrekMovie, saying "This is because there is not enough capacity on IMAX’s film platters to include any additional content (including trailers) ahead of the movie."

For fans around the world, TrekMovie is told that select IMAX Digital Theaters globally will be showing the 9-minute Star Trek preview with The Hobbit. UPDATE: A list of international IMAX theaters showing Trek preview is available at (scroll down). 


Bear in mind this 9-minute preview will not be made available online, so to see it you have to go see the Hobbit in IMAX 3D at one of the participating theaters. But as we have been reporting there will be another teaser trailer (1:50 in length) which will be shown in theaters (Domestically) with non-IMAX screenings of The Hobbit. That teaser trailer will be made available online on Monday December 17th. 

IMAX also tweeted out this poster variant for the special Star Trek event.


1. Lieutenant - December 6, 2012

Can’t wait until next Thursday night!! :)

2. daniel - December 6, 2012

so it won’t be in front of any hfr versions in nyc? hmm…

3. AJ - December 6, 2012

Well, that means that my IMAX 3D Hobbit ticket on Broadway and 69th St. here in NYC will have neither the 9 minute preview, nor the non-IMAX trailer. NIce of them to clarify so late. :(

4. Mad Man - December 6, 2012

So, my local theater is showing it. But is it ONLY on the 14th? So, if I see it the next day or week in Imax that means the 9 minute preview will not be there?

5. NCC-73515 - December 6, 2012

The next teaser (2 min) will be domestic, not international, before the 17th?

6. TUP - December 6, 2012

Good question. How long will the 9 minute teaser be shown in front of Hobbit IMAX?

7. Son of Sarek - December 6, 2012

Wonder if Cumberbatch is Henoch in this timeline, inhabiting the body of one Captain Garth? He was driven from Spock’s body in “Return to Tomorrow” but did not perish. Perhaps some of this backstory from “Return” as noted on the Memory Alpha page:

“6,000 centuries ago, the humanoids of this planet were spacefarers. They colonized throughout the galaxy. Sargon speculates that a Human creation myth were perhaps two of Sargon’s race. Mulhall objects to this idea, but Spock picks up on it, saying it might explain some elements of Vulcan pre-history. But 1,000 centuries after the colonial heyday came the ultimate conflict. Possessed of minds “infinitely greater” than the landing party’s, having goals beyond their comprehension, Sargon’s race fought a superwar, unleashing powers to which even nuclear war pales in comparison. And so the masters of the galaxy all but exterminated themselves, and their homeworld for half a million years has lain dead.”

8. LtPiper - December 6, 2012

BOOOOOO Nearest theater is over a day’s drive away from me!!!!!!

9. FrancoMiranda - December 6, 2012

Well that’s great. Only 3D. Pity only one of my eyes works. Looks like those of us with one eye will miss out on the 9 minutes.

Even worse, where the hell is the international list?

So even if I could go see it I wouldn’t know where in the uk shows it.

Must be great to be a two eyed North American.

10. J - December 6, 2012

@Anthony Pascale:

The international list is apparently here

so I’m a little bit confused by the “A list of those theaters will be available at by next week. ” statement.

Is it the same list? Is it supposed to be expanded? (Asking because PL is not there…)

11. Craiger - December 6, 2012

Will the 9 min preview be available on the Into Darkness movie site after it premieres with The Hobitt? I don’t like the Hobitt movies. Or will Trekmovie get exclusive rights to it after it premiers with The Hobitt?

12. Craiger - December 6, 2012

Sorry I spelled Hobbit wrong. LOL.

13. Star Gryphon - December 6, 2012

Smart of them putting it out as IMAX 3D, kind of kills idea of someone getting video of the extended preview and posting it online.

14. Red Dead Ryan - December 6, 2012

Yeah, looks like SilverCity in Victoria will be showing it!

Woo hoo!

15. Anthony Pascale - December 6, 2012

Updated article with international list which apparently showed up at IMAX site. Not sure why they said it wouldnt be until next week. It might be incomplete and will be updated.

16. sci-fiddy - December 6, 2012


i ordered $33 worth of tickeds (2) and now i have to see about a refund….

…thanks for the list, anyway…

17. NCC-73515 - December 6, 2012

Great update #10, J!
They write: “Please check back as additional theaters may be added.” …hope they add some in Germany later ;)

18. Antni - December 6, 2012

Disappointing not to see Manchester here in the UK on both lists

19. NuWisdom - December 6, 2012

@13– LMAO trust me, someone will find a way. Might not be of the best standard and hard to watch, but sooner or later some version of it will be online.

20. Stephan - December 6, 2012


Do you know something about the international release of the second trailer? Will the trailer be attached to the Hobbit in Europe as well?

21. Chris Brooks - December 6, 2012

I got lucky, my theater has the 9-min preview and the free hobbit poster set for the midnight premier!

22. Tiberius Mudd - December 6, 2012

Bummer. Bought my ticket weeks ago. Lame that Paramount waited until the week before to announce the list. Was worried about staying awake through The Hobbit, but now I don’t have to worry about that since I won’t be going at all now.

23. Basement Blogger - December 6, 2012

THANK YOU ANTHONY. I did not know which IMAX theater here in Cincinnati was showing the first nine minutes. If I go, you saved me from making a mistake; not that I wouldn’t enjoy The Hobbit..

24. rm10019 - December 6, 2012

This is total bullshit. The Lincoln Sq. Imax 3D sold out in minutes because of this announcement, including a purchase from me, and now they refine the announcement???? wtf guys!

25. crazydaystrom - December 6, 2012

2.6 miles away from my house. Yeah baby!!!
This totally makes up for the crappy November I had. ;-)

26. Scott Gammans - December 6, 2012

About 300 yards from my house. Exxxxcellent.

27. Mark James Tucker - December 6, 2012

Sucks that the Hobbit is so long that the true 15/70 Imax cant play the Star Trek Prolouge, since the platter is only big enough to barely hold the IMAX print of the Hobbit 3D.

Would have been nice to have seen the opening scene on the Large Format IMAX screen at Universal City Walk. instead of on a much smaller Digital Imax screen
But its not costing me anything as I had one of those free offfer Fandango tickets worth 12.00 and it just so happens AMC Burbanks morning show price is 12.00. So only cost me a 1.25 service charge.

I will be bolting from the theatre as soon as the scene is done.

28. Picard, Jean-Luc - December 6, 2012

Well I’m pretty close to my 9 minute preview but really Paramount… You couldn’t spring for the chance to market your film as wide as possible making either the 9 min preview or the trailer available everywhere…

Marketing at Paramount blows….

29. Dennis Bailey - December 6, 2012

There’s one two blocks from my home. Cool.

30. PEB - December 6, 2012

I’m less than 5 minutes away from the theater that will be showing the preview. I’m a huge fan of IMAX but I’m totally not a fan of 3D…grrr

31. Netranger - December 6, 2012

Paramount may not post that 9 mins but I am sure it will be posted by someone within hours of its debut–

32. Mark James Tucker - December 6, 2012

those complaining about your IMAX not showing the prolouge keep in mind you are seeing it 15/70 and on a true Large Screen Format IMAX, those theatres can not help the fact that they cant play the prolouge.
the IMAX print for hobbit is so big it barely fits on the platter so there was no way they could include the preview even if a print of it was offered.
plus if you are actually wanting to see the HOBBIT those theatres actually offer you the TRUE IMAX experience of the film and not the Digital Liemax version.
there wont even be any regular previews of any movies on those presentations of the Hobbit IMAX.

Thats the price of having a true 15/70 IMAX theatre if you want to watch a almost 4 hour long movie

33. Mark James Tucker - December 6, 2012

28 see my post 32, its not that they didnt want to , its that they couldnt thats the technical limitations of the 15/70 IMAX projector/Platter systems.
if the hobbit was shorter than they could have, its not though so it is what it is.
but you cant blame paramount’s marketing on this

34. tennesseetrek - December 6, 2012

It bothers me way too much that they misspell Missouri in the drop down list – and I don’t even live in that state. Or maybe I am letting it distract me since the nearest theater is 150 miles away from me.

35. KrazyHorse - December 6, 2012

As a non Lotr fan, the plan is…1. purchase a ticket; 2. watch the 9 minute trailer; 3. walk out and complain about the fps; 4. Refund; 5. Repeat!

36. BulletInTheFace - December 6, 2012

#7: Henoch?

You’re kidding… right?

37. The Original Spock's Brain - December 6, 2012

I got 2 theaters to choose from.

38. VulcanFilmCritic - December 6, 2012

TWO theaters near me are showing the preview! Whoo hoo!
I’m not really a fan of Hobbits but I’ll be there.

39. ScifiJunky - December 6, 2012

So pissed none of the IMAX theaters near me are showing it. Western PA never gets any of the good stuff.

40. bringbackkirkprime - December 6, 2012

So is he Khan or not?

41. JimJ - December 6, 2012

I will be there, for sure!!!

42. Lt. Ricky - December 6, 2012

“This is because there is not enough capacity on IMAX’s film platters to include any additional content (including trailers) ahead of the movie.”


Tron: Legacy’s IMAX 3D showings had trailers ahead of it. So Why CAN’T The Hobbit?

43. Mark James Tucker - December 6, 2012

42 Lt, Rickey Tron Legacy was a little over 2 hours long.
And again you will notice i specificly said 15/70 IMAX theatre.

44. Mark James Tucker - December 6, 2012

If you went and saw Dark Knight Rises at 15/70 Imax film venue this summer, you would have known this as there were no previews on there either. Now M:I ghost protocol they were able to and have the Dark Knight Prolouge because the running time was much shorter.

45. Commodore Adams - December 6, 2012

I am also wondering if the 9 minute preview will play the entire time The Hobbit is in IMAX? Or is it only shown with the midnight show or first day? I am assuming the former.

@ 40. bringbackkirkprime
I say not. Granted he can jump high and it could be genetic engineering……maybe he can lift himself to those heights using esper power. Based on hints from the progression of the comics (which I won’t get into), the way Alice Eve looks, ‘he’s back for vengeance’ I’d say it Mitchell back from “the dead” with some or all his esper powers intact. If it was DelToro it would have been Khan and from what we have seen in the trailer, a decent Khan movie, but with Cumberbatch playing the role, some rewriting made this story perfect for Gary Mitchell. Just a theory.

46. JRT! - December 6, 2012

So not in London then? That’s too funny,lol! I was wondering about that when someone mentioned in a different thread they were looking forward to seeing it in London,as I knew already it wasn’t showing there,unless they have several IMAX theaters. Oh well,crappy version online….HERE I COME! LOL! Not that I would’ve flown over to London JUST to see this of course,lol! But since I go to London quite often,I would’ve timed one of my trips to see this. Now I don’t have to.

Have fun y’all!


47. Ed from Aus - December 6, 2012

It’s good to have Anthony and the team back with some really good Star Trek news.
Keep up the good work

48. - December 7, 2012

Thank goodness it’s showing on the digital imax theaters in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.

I did not even know we had a second imax in Melbourne.

For those in Melbourne and Sydney particularly make sure you get the digital imax and not the film imax which are the better known ones.

Perth Hoyts Carousel & IMAX

Westfield Shopping Centre, 1382 Albany Highway, Cannington
Perth, WA 6107

Sydney Hoyts Entertainment Quarter & IMAX

The Entertainment Quarter, Bent Street, Moore Park
Sydney, NSW 2021

Melbourne Hoyts Highpoint & IMAX

Highpoint Shopping Center, Rosamond Rd., Maribynong
Melbourne, Victoria 3032

49. Rose (as in Keachick) - December 7, 2012

So the international audience is important according to Bob Orci…

So that’s why the list of IMAX theatres able to show the preview are only for US and Canadian theatres.

Boy, this really is so much craptola!

50. Ian B - December 7, 2012

I don’t see the point of not posting it online. Not many people are going to see another movie just to see this preview. But whatever is revealed will be immediately *described* online so no secrets as to the plot etc will be kept.

Must admit though, I don’t like the excessive levels of “tease” associated with the current producers’ marketing stategy. Being teased is just frustrating. I don’t think anyone enjoys it. It’s like with strippers; that first part where she’s got her clothes on is really just a waste of everybody’s time, isn’t it?

I guess creating “buzz” involves getting us Trek nerds arguing over whether Cumberbatch is playing Gary Lockwood or Balok or Jeff Vader, but really they are overdoing it a bit, I think. I mean, even the poster. It tells us nothing. Some guy in a coat, as seen from the inside of a woman’s reproductive system? What’s that all about?

51. Jim - December 7, 2012

I wonder if anybody knows the budget? Anthony?

52. Rose (as in Keachick) - December 7, 2012

#50 Honestly… If you don’t like watching clothing being removed slowly, seductively then I guess a stripper is not your kind of entertainment. All this talk of the inside of a woman’s reproductive system and strippers reads as strange, even unhinged…Holy moly.

53. Hat Rick - December 7, 2012

There are several nearby IMAX theaters where I can see the preview.

I appreciate Paramount’s competence in providing this information. It bodes well for the success of this enterprise.

54. LOFC_Ed - December 7, 2012

Shame that it will probably not happen here in UK


55. Mark Lynch - December 7, 2012

According to the international list the BFI IMAX in London, Waterloo is not showing the trailer…

Sucks to be me!

56. Ian B - December 7, 2012


I’m an instant gratification sort of person, I guess.

There’s actually a danger in too much “build-up”, because the more you do, the more awesome the final reveal has to be. This was famously the problem Patrick McGooghan had with The Prisoner; he realised that no rational answer to “who is Number One?” was going to be an adequate pay-off after all the teasing, hence the barking mad final episode.

I think part of the problem here is that Trek, certianly TOS, doesn’t have any great villains like The Joker. Outside of narrow Trek fandom, nobody has heard of Gary Mitchell, or Garth of Izar. The Balok puppet probably has more general audience recognition. The villains in Trek are generally species; the Klingons, the Romulans, the Borg, Tribbles, and the Orion Slave Girls, who aren’t villains but everyone remembers due to one iconic performance in The Menagerie. So we get this, “well, there’s always Khan” thing.

Anyway, my money’s on Cumberbatch playing Harry Mudd.

57. JRT! - December 7, 2012

Yeah,that’s what I said in a few posts up,not showing in London. Kinda weird,to be honest.

Still looking forward to the movie though,but need to see more than just this socalled teaser,which makes it look like just any other sf action movie out there.


58. Chief - December 7, 2012

What about Germany?? Sad news for all the fans here…

59. rogerachong - December 7, 2012

Yessss!!! It is showing on Dec. 26th Boxing Day in Trinidad. I’ll be there as we get the Hobbit a bit later. You folks enjoy on the 14th.

60. StelArian - December 7, 2012

Cinema City’s IMAX @ Sofia, Bulgaria will screen Star Trek Into Darkness 9 minutes preview before Hobbit at 10:00AM and 20:00 screenings.

61. CAPT KRUNCH - December 7, 2012

Did anyone confirm how long the 9 minutes will be playing..only the 14th or beyond… sold out pretty quickly for the first days release……

62. LOFC_Ed - December 7, 2012

@ 60

I think it was said that it was the opening 9 minutes.

63. LOFC_Ed - December 7, 2012

@ 60 (again!)

meant to add: I’m not sure how long they would have it for- probably ’till the next trailer comes out, whenever that is….

64. Mad Man - December 7, 2012

So, I decided to just watch The Hobbit in 2D and skip the 9-minute Trek scene. I’m sure someone will pirate it and I can watch it on youtube or something later. It’s not worth paying the extra money for IMax, since I really don’t care for Imax.

I’m a huge Tolkein fan so I’d be watching it either way.

65. Gary Mitchell - December 7, 2012

Thank Apollo that mine does!

66. Gary Mitchell - December 7, 2012

My guess – incorporating some of the deleted scenes of the first movie, the Klingons have some of Nero’s Red Matter. They further muck up the timeline and they bring back no other than an augmented Colonel Phillip Green.

67. Gary Mitchell - December 7, 2012

Peter Weller is John Paxton, a follower of Col Green.

68. Ralph Pinheiro - December 7, 2012

I don´t want to watch 9-minute preview. I will watch trailers only. I want to see the filme since the beginning.

69. Drapera - December 7, 2012

#26…LOL. Read it with Mr. Burns voice in my head.

Looks like I will need to see the Hobbit in Arbor Place in IMAX 3D!

70. Antovolk - December 7, 2012

BFI IMAX just confirmed they will show the Star Trek prologue.

As they are the only cinema in London showing a 70mm film (not digital) Hobbit print, I wonder if it will be a full frame 70mm print for the prologue (if it has IMAX footage).

71. Commodore Adams - December 7, 2012

@ 63. Mad Man then just get a refund, its what I am going to do. Im going to see the Hobbit in theatres but its not a movie I need to see it in IMAX. Im going to go in, watch the 9 minutes and get a refund. They make so much money, refunds mean jack sh*t to them. Then Ill see the hobbit on the regular screen and the other trailer, win win.

72. JRT! - December 7, 2012

@69. NICE!

73. rm10019 - December 7, 2012

2 – No, the 34th St. HFR Imax 3D WILL have the Trek footage. Just got tix there and will get a refund from Lincoln Sq.

74. DMar - December 7, 2012

For all those people complaining about how far away theaters are and so on… when I was 18, The Empire Strikes Back was opening 2 weeks early in 70mm in Detroit. A bunch of us pooled our funds for gas and drove two and 1/2 hours to see The Empire Strikes Back.

Complain about it being too far away all you like, but YOU DO have the power to do something about it if you really want to see the preview.

75. ML31 - December 7, 2012

I’m wondering how long the preview will be showing. Is it opening weekend only? The opening week? If I go to the movie two weeks after opening will I still get the preview?

76. Spockchick - December 7, 2012

Yay! It is on at my local cinema in the UK – wooooo!

77. THX-1138 - December 7, 2012

Truly, I am way more excited to see The Hobbit than I am to see the first 9 minutes of the SequelTrek movie.

And count me among those curious as to what period of time this 9 minutes will be showing in front of The Hobbit? I mean, just the one day or for a week or for it’s entire run or what? Because I have no desire to submit myself to the opening day madness that will surely be The Hobbit’s premier.

Having said all that I do think that, at least from the trailer we have seen, this SequelTrek movie looks to be better than the 09 one. Pretty exciting stuff.

78. Spockchick - December 7, 2012

@77. THX. I can only imagine the line on the first day of the Hobbit. I suspect the trailer will be on for the whole run, IMAX theatres want trailers that show the media to its best. The last IMAX film I saw (Skyfall – awesome) had about a half-hour of trailers. I could be wrong tho :-)

79. ShinRa Actual - December 7, 2012

Are the Thursday Midnight shows going to have this?

Invariably, every time I go to a midnight showing for a movie that’s supposed to have one of these previews, or even a new trailer….they don’t.

80. Mad Man - December 7, 2012

71. Commodore Adams – December 7, 2012

Good points. I suppose I could do that. I’ll call my theater and ask if they allow refunds. I’m not sure they’ll do that

81. THX-1138 - December 7, 2012

#78 Spockchick

But do you think they will do the same with the 9 minutes of Trek footage? My gut feeling says no. That’s part of the reason that I’m not very excited about the 9 minutes of movie that would be a pain in the arse to see outside of when it get’s badly pirated from a theater and posted to the internet (because rest assured, it will).

I’m getting too old for this (meaning subjecting myself to the madness that is an opening day of a movie).

82. Curtis - December 7, 2012

What, no love for the Scotiabank IMAX theatre in downtown Toronto? They didn’t even play Star Trek 2009 in IMAX at all, the least they can do is make it up to us with this!

83. Spockchick - December 7, 2012

@ 81. THX. I don’t know if it will persist through all the showings, coz I am sure a 9min trailer is rare, not like a 1min 30sec one they can slot in everywhere. I do feel your frustration at some of the lines for these films. Luckily I am a student so I am able to go to 5pm shows. Even for the final Harry Potter, the 5pm show had no line. ps – you said arse! Cool :-)

84. NCC-73515 - December 7, 2012

Hey boborci, if you’re here: Will there be another ARG starting soon? the last one was almost too elaborate, but so much fun! The videos of that Romulan PADD are still online :D

85. NCC-73515 - December 7, 2012

They added some. London is now there, as well as France (which I didn’t see before). Still hoping for Sinsheim, Germany! XD

86. jorDe' - December 7, 2012

This is the second time I have had to change theaters. The first time the Movoe was in #D but not IMAX. Then the theater is not on the lost. So I now have a ticket for the correct theater that is on the list.

Now Bring On the Klingon Warriors!!

87. Stephan - December 7, 2012


I got an answer from Cinemaxx. They will show the preview wherever IMAX is available.

88. NCC-73515 - December 7, 2012

@Stephan: Only in IMAX 3D or also in regular IMAX?
The IMAX in Sinsheim has only documentaries in their program so far, no movies… but it’s 3D :)

89. Shannon Nutt - December 7, 2012

@87 Do you mean Cinemark? None of them are on the list, so I’m assuming they would be added eventually.

@32 You make a point about the platters, but it shouldn’t make a difference…plenty of IMAX theaters were able to show the 3-hour TITANIC a few months back. THE HOBBIT is much shorter than that (2 hours, 46 minutes – almost exactly the same length as THE DARK KNIGHT RISES), so there should be plenty of room for 9 minutes of TREK.

90. Rose (as in Keachick) - December 7, 2012

Interesting. The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey is billed as only being 127 minutes in duration and it seems that Auckland does have IMAX 3D cinema in the main CBD – parking will no doubt cost as much as the tickets…:( and the Hobbit starts showing there from 12 December 12.01am (NZ time). No price given on the Events IMAX cinema site….hmmm

Will my bank balance be kind to me?

91. TUP - December 9, 2012

So….did anyone confirm which IMAX 3D showings will contain the 9 minute preview? Will it be attached all weekend?

I bought tickets to the 10:40 PM showing on Friday (almost sold out already) and could care less about the Hobbit.

92. J - December 10, 2012

@Anthony Pascale:

The list has been updated with additional locations, for instance Poland has been added.

Lesson learned is:

I have called IMAX 3D in Lodz (one of the cities) and they will be showing the preview from 25.12 to 29.12 before Hobbit, only 7pm screenings though.

So I guess you should check with the cinema you’re planning to attend if the particular screening has the ST preview attached to it to avoid disappointments (esp. if you don’t care about Hobbit)

93. Captain Hackett - December 10, 2012

I will watch the preview in IMAX 3D theatre at Gloucester Silver City movie theatre which is just a few minutes walk from my work this Friday! I can’t wait!!! Whoooo! :) is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.