The Hobbit at 48 frames per second - where to see it

The Hobbit in 48 frames per second - where to see it

A list of UK cinemas showing Peter Jackson's Tolkien adaptation at 48fps

Film history will be made this month as The Hobbit becomes the first major studio film to be released at 48 frames per second (48fps) – double the industry standard.

The higher framerate is a breakthrough in cinematography that results in a sharper, crisper and less blurred picture – however, critics believe that images can sometimes appear awkwardly realistic and detract from the immersive nature of a film. Fans at a New Zealand screening of the film claimed to feel nauseous due to the technology.

In an open letter to fans director Peter Jackson defended his decision to shoot with the 3D cameras that allow for the increased framerates, believing that the equipment is 'a way of future-proofing The Hobbit.' Jackson also claims 48fps 'looks much more lifelike, and it is much easier to watch, especially in 3D… we often sit through two hours’ worth of footage without getting any eye strain.'

Filmgoers will be given the choice of The Hobbit in six varieties – 2D, 3D and 3D IMAX, each in 24fps and 48fps. The following cinemas are all capable of showing 48fps and have confirmed they’ll be screening The Hobbit in 48fps. (These are the UK cinemas from a worldwide list of 48fps cinemas updated at

The Hobbit trailer

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

  • 5 stars
  • 2012
  • US / New Zealand
  • 2h 49min
  • 12
  • Directed by: Peter Jackson
  • Written by: Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens (screenplay), Peter Jackson (screenplay), Guillermo del Toro (screenplay), J. R. R. Tolkien (novel)
  • Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage
  • UK release: 14 December 2012

Prequel to Jackson's epic adaptations of JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy.