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Published November 18 2010

'Potter' midnight screenings sold out, but tickets to Friday shows still available

Anticipation is high and people are already lining up outside of West Acres 14 theaters for tonight's midnight screening of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1," but there are still tickets available to see the what some people are calling the movie of the year - just don't expect to get a midnight seat.

Theater Manager Rick Solarski said tickets to tonight's midnight screenings have been sold out for days.

He wouldn't provide numbers, but Solarski said "it will be the highest-attended midnight showing ever in Fargo." The theater has seven prints of the film which will be played on more than seven screens - thanks to some clever tactics to run a print through multiple projectors - when it debuts tonight.

"I would do all 14 (screens) if it was physically and humanly possible," Solarski said.

Starting Friday, the movie will be shown on five screens at West Acres 14, and be shown 16 times a day Friday through Sunday. Monday through Thursday will feature ten screenings of the film.

Tickets to Friday, Saturday and Sunday screenings of "Harry Potter" are still available.

For people still planning to line up early for tonight's midnight screening, Solarski said his staff will be setting out poles with numbers on them to correspond with the appropriate auditoriums. He also said there will be plenty of staff on site to coordinate people.

"Everyone wants to come early and share that anticipation and excitement," Solarski said.