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Dark Knight Rises Opening to Debut in IMAX with M:I 4

Press Release from Warner Bros. Pictures

BURBANK, Calif., Dec 01, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Warner Bros. Pictures' "The Dark Knight Rises"--the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy--is one of the most anticipated films of 2012, but moviegoers won't have to wait until next year to see the six-minute opening sequence of the film. The film's prologue will be unveiled exclusively in select 70mm IMAX(R) theatres worldwide. The announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, and Veronika Kwan-Rubinek, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

The Prologue will be released in North America on December 16, and in the UK on December 21, 2011. Additional international dates vary by territory and will be announced soon.

In making the 2008 blockbuster "The Dark Knight," Nolan was the first to use IMAX(R) cameras in a major motion picture release, and, as now, audiences were given an advance look at that film's prologue months prior to the Summer 2008 opening. Nolan employed the extremely high-resolution cameras even more extensively on "The Dark Knight Rises"--including the film's prologue--to achieve unprecedented crispness and clarity and a truly immersive experience for the moviegoers.

Christopher Nolan stated, "Our experience on 'The Dark Knight' shooting and projecting IMAX 15 perf 65mm/70mm film was inspiring. The immersive quality of the image goes beyond any other filmmaking tool available, and in revisiting Gotham, we were determined to shoot even more of the movie in this unique format. Giving the fans an early look at an IMAX sequence is a great way to draw attention to what I believe will be an incredible way to experience our story when it comes out next summer."

Following is a list of the theatres in North America in which the Prologue of "The Dark Knight Rises" will be revealed on December 16th:

                    Market                                    Theatre                              City        Austin, TX                       IMAX Theater Austin                                Austin        Boston, MA                       Jordan's IMAX                                      Natick        Boston, MA                       IMAX 3D Theatre in Reading                         Reading        Calgary, AB                      Scotiabank Theatre Chinook 16 + IMAX               Calgary        Chantilly, VA -Washington, DC    Udvar-Hazy Center IMAX                             Chantilly        Chicago, IL                      Navy Pier IMAX Theatre                             Chicago        Des Moines, IA                   SCI IMAX Dome Theater                              Des Moines        Detroit, MI                      Henry Ford IMAX                                    Dearborn        Edmonton, AB                     Scotiabank Theatre Edmonton + IMAX                 Edmonton        Harrisburg, PA                   The Whitaker Center for Science & the Arts IMAX    Harrisburg        Houston, TX                      Houston Marq*e Stadium 22 + IMAX                   Houston        Indianapolis                     White River IMAX                                   Indianapolis        Los Angeles, CA                  Irvine Spectrum 20 + IMAX                          Irvine        Los Angeles, CA                  RAVE 18 + IMAX                                     Los Angeles        Los Angeles, CA                  Ontario Palace Stadium 22 + IMAX                   Ontario        Los Angeles, CA                  Citywalk Stadium 19 with IMAX                      Universal City        Madison, WI                      Star 18 Fitchburg with IMAX                        Fitchburg        Miami, FL                        AutoNation IMAX                                    Fort Lauderdale        Minneapolis, MN                  Great Clips IMAX                                   Apple Valley        Montreal, QC                     Cinema Banque Scotia Montreal + IMAX               Montreal        Nashville,TN                     Opry Mills Stadium 20 + IMAX                       Nashville        New York, NY                     Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX                        New York        New York, NY                     Palisades IMAX                                     West Nyack        Omaha, NE                        Star Cinema 16 with IMAX                           Council Bluffs        Orlando, FL                      Pointe Orlando Stadium 20 + IMAX                   Orlando        Ottawa, ON                       Silvercity Gloucester + IMAX                       Gloucester-Ottawa        Palm Springs (Los Angeles)       Desert IMAX Theatre                                Cathedral City        Philadelphia, PA                 IMAX & the Tropicana                               Atlantic City        Philadelphia, PA                 Tuttleman IMAX - Franklin Institute                Philadelphia        Phoenix, AZ                      Arizona Mills 25 with IMAX                         Tempe        Providence, RI                   Providence Place 16 with IMAX                      Providence        Quebec City, QC                  IMAX Le Theatre At Quebec                          Quebec City        Sacramento, CA                   Esquire IMAX                                       Sacramento        San Antonio, TX                  IMAX at RiverCenter                                San Antonio        San Francisco, CA                Metreon 16 with IMAX & ETX                         San Francisco        Seattle, WA                      Boeing IMAX - Pacific Science Center               Seattle        Tampa, FL                        Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)              Tampa        Toronto, ON                      Coliseum 12 Mississauga + IMAX                     Mississauga        Toronto, ON                      Scotiabank Theatre Toronto + IMAX                  Toronto        Toronto, ON                      Colossus 18 Woodbridge + IMAX                      Woodbridge-Vaughan        Vancouver, BC                    Colossus Langley + IMAX                            Langley        Vancouver, BC                    Silvercity Riverport 18 + IMAX                     Richmond

Below is a list of the theatres in the UK in which the Prologue of "The Dark Knight Rises" will be revealed on December 21st:

        UK   BFI London                                London        UK   National Media Museum IMAX Bradford       Bradford        UK   Glasgow Science Centre IMAX Cinema        Glasgow        UK   Odeon Manchester IMAX @ The Printworks    Manchester

Opening on July 20, 2012, "The Dark Knight Rises" features an international all-star cast, led by Oscar(R) winner Christian Bale ("The Fighter") in the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; Oscar(R) winner Marion Cotillard ("La Vie en Rose"), as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake. Reprising their roles from both "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight," Oscar(R) winner Michael Caine ("The Cider House Rules") plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar(R) winner Morgan Freeman ("Million Dollar Baby") plays Lucius Fox.

Nolan directed "The Dark Knight Rises" from a screenplay by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. The film is produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven, who previously teamed on "Batman Begins" and the record-breaking blockbuster "The Dark Knight." Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull are the executive producers, with Jordan Goldberg serving as co-producer. "The Dark Knight Rises" is based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Batman created by Bob Kane.

"The Dark Knight Rises" will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. The prologue has been rated PG-13 by the MPAA for "some violence."

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