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'Dark Knight' Won't Rise in Pittsburgh

December 4, 2011

Scott Tady

Even though The Dark Knight Rises" was filmed in Pittsburgh, other parts of the country and Canada will get the first six-minute glimpse of the "Batman" movie.

Warner Bros. has announced a list of 42 IMAX theaters in North America where the film's six-minute opening sequence will be shown as a trailer for "Mission Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" starting Dec. 16.

None of those theaters are in western Pennsylvania. The closest is in Harrisburg, at the Whitaker Center for Science & the Arts. The Franklin Institute's IMAX screen in Philadelphia also made the list.

"I mean, c'mon, they used Pittsburgh, and then they deny Pittsburgh," said Midland movie buff Kevin Lupo.

Dawn Keezer, director of the Pittsburgh Film Office, contacted a "Dark Night Rises" producer Friday morning, pitching for the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh to be added as a first-run trailer site.

The Carnegie Science Center has the Pittsburgh area's only IMAX screen equipped with true 70 mm IMAX projection, a requirement Warner Bros insists upon for the initial trailer viewing. Keezer said the region's commerical IMAX theaters use the more common digital projection.

The six-minute clip was shot in IMAX 65mm/70mm film, which "Dark Knight Rises" director Christopher Nolan used for many action scenes.

There's a catch to the Carnegie Science Center showing it: The North Side facility doesn't have a contract to screen "Mission Impossible."

"That's what we're trying to figure out," Keezer said, "if they can just let the trailer be shown there."

It might make sense karma-wise, given that "Mission Impossible" stars Tom Cruise, who's been in Pittsburgh the past few months filming a movie "One Shot."

Keezer said when she saw the list of initial "Dark Knight" trailer sites, "I was like 'what the hell,' are we supposed to go to Harrisburg?"

"We're working really hard on this," Keezer said, stressing that it was Warner Bros' marketing department that chose the IMAX viewing sites, not the "Dark Knight" producers who spent a few months in Pittsburgh, shooting scenes that drew huge crowds, caused traffic detours, and ultimately filled locals with pride and anticipation.

"Dark Knight Rises" fans have speculated about what the first trailer will show, with Empire magazine confirming this month that it will introduce the villain Bane played, by Tom Hardy.

According to MTV Movie News, other cities set to show the trailer are Atlantic City, N.J.; Austin, Texas; Boston; Calgary; Chantilly, Va.; Chicago; Des Moines, Iowa; Detroit; Edmonton; Houston; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Miami; Minneapolis, Minn.; Montreal; Nashville, Tenn.; New York, Omaha, Neb.; Orlando, Ottawa, Phoenix, Ariz; Providence, R.I.; Quebec City; Sacramento, Ca.; San Antonio, Texas; San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa, Toronto and Vancouver.

Source: (c)2011 the Beaver County Times (Beaver, Pa.) Distributed by MCT Information Services

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