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If you thought that the release of [The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies](tag:512312) meant the end of Bilbo's theatrical journey, then boy, do I have a surprise for you!

Could there really be more coming our way from this franchise, you ask?

Yes, there can be! And there is!

That's right. Though after three movies and over nine hours of running time (not including the Lord of the Rings films, of course), we thought the story had come to a thorough end, but special "extended" versions of all three movies will soon be coming to theaters.

This news comes by way of the fansite The One Ring and Far Away Entertainment, and there are already plenty of details for the October release.

Fathom Events and Warner Bros. are partnering to present the extended editions of all three Hobbit movies. Shown over three nights, the epic Peter Jackson trilogy will be the first time the extended editions have ever been released in theatres. Also included will be an exclusive introduction by director Peter Jackson. First night showing starts Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. local.

Considering the extra-long Lord of the Rings movies are really the only way to experience them now, maybe the same will be true of Peter Jackson's three Hobbit movies.

Here are all the extended runtimes

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey182 minutes (theatrical: 169 minutes)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug186 minutes (theatrical: 161 minutes)

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 174 minutes (theatrical: 144 minutes)

Though more theaters will probably get in on the special event action, as of today, only AMC Theaters has The Battle of the Five Armies slated for release on October 13th. This is certainly an unexpected event, but do you think it will be a worthwhile one?


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