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'Avatar' fans face long queue

MOVIE fans once again formed a long queue in front of Peace Cinema on Saturday night for the 3D sci-fi blockbuster "Avatar" as the cinema on Friday started ticket sales for February.

The cinema said it was only selling tickets three days in advance of screenings, according to Wang Bozheng, manager of Peace Cinema.

Wang said about 70 to 80 percent of the tickets for the first three days of February had already been sold.

"There are too many people rushing for tickets for February, so we decided to reintroduce the restrictions and ensure everyone has an opportunity," he said.

Most people were booking for weekends or on Tuesday, when the cinema has a half-price offer.

Wang said the city's only commercial Imax cinema would also add a daily 8:40am screening of "Avatar" with a 50 percent discount. This increases its daily showings to six.

"Many students are on winter holidays and we'd like to add the screening with a lower price," he added.

Advance ticket sales start at 8am and end at 11pm.

Huang Lei joined the queue at 10pm Saturday along with more than 100 others.

Huang said he had brought instant noodles, bottles of hot water and wore warm clothes to fend off the cold weather.

"It might take me more than five hours to get the ticket, but it's definitely worth the wait."


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