Before Frodo and Samwise traveled to Mount Doom to destroy the one ring to rule them all, there was Bilbo Baggins and his unexpected journey.
This year, director Peter Jackson and the rest of the crew that brought J.R. Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy to life, returns to Middle Earth to bring, 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' to the big screen in the first part of a new trilogy centering on Bilbo Baggins, a group of dwarves, their trip to The Lonely Mountain and their quest to retrieve the dwarves' treasure from the fire-breathing dragon, Smaug.
Screenings for, 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,' begin at 12:01 a.m., Friday, Dec. 14, at theaters across the nation. Check out below for a listing of local theaters and showtimes throughout the day and prepare to return to Middle Earth.
Marcus Theaters Chicago Heights: 12 a.m., 12:01 (3D), 10:30 a.m. (3D), 11:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m. (3D), 2 p.m. (3D), 2:45 p.m., 4:05 p.m., 5:40 p.m. (3D), 6:20 p.m., 7:40 p.m. (3D), 9:15 p.m. (3D), 10p.m.
AMC Lowes Country Club Hills: 12:01 a.m. (2D), 12:01 a.m. (3D), 12:01 a.m. (IMAX 3D), 10 a.m. (3D), 11 a.m. (IMAX), 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1 p.m. (3D), 1:45 p.m. (3D), 3 p.m. (IMAX) 4:05 p.m., 5 p.m. (3D), 6 p.m. (3D), 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m. (IMAX), 8 p.m., 8:01 p.m., 9 p.m. (3D), 9:45 p.m. (3D), 10:45 p.m (IMAX), 11:10 p.m., 11:45 p.m.