Imax screenings in July available now in select markets

Tickets for the first Imax midnight screenings of “The Dark Knight Rises” on July 19 have already gone on sale in a few major markets including Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.

Warner Bros. and Imax had no comment but tickets were for sale Tuesday at the AMC Loews Metreon in San Francisco for $17.50 for adults.

It’s unusual for advance to go on sale more than six months prior to a film’s opening. For example, Lionsgate announced Monday that advance tickest for “The Hunger Games” were going on sale on Feb. 23 — a month before the franchise pic opens.

Warner Bros. has set July 20 as worldwide release date for Christopher Nolan’s third Batpic. Cast includes Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman, Juno Temple and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

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