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For Batman’s 80th birthday, the ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy is returning to theaters

For Batman’s 80th birthday, the ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy is returning to theaters
Heath Ledger as the Joker in a scene from Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight." (Associated Press)

Batman turns 80 this year, and fans are in for a wicked, big-screen surprise.

Warner Bros. announced Tuesday that all three of Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” films will return to five Imax theaters, starting in Los Angeles later this month.

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The first back-to-back screenings of “Batman Begins” (2005), “The Dark Knight” (2008) and “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012) will take place March 30 at Hollywood’s Universal Cinema AMC at CityWalk. Nolan will join the audience for a moderated Q&A to discuss the blockbuster hits between the second and third films.

The trilogy will then head to New York’s AMC at Lincoln Square and San Francisco’s AMC Metreon 16 on April 13 before screening at Cinesphere Ontario Place in Toronto, and Imax Theatre at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis on April 20. All screenings will feature footage of Nolan’s Los Angeles Q&A.

All five showings will screen on 70 mm, Nolan’s favorite high-resolution format. The director shot “The Dark Knight Rises” and “The Dark Knight” with Imax cameras.

“Christopher Nolan broke new ground with the ‘Dark Knight’ Trilogy, and this is a rare chance for today’s audiences to experience these extraordinary films as they were meant to be seen,” said Jeff Goldstein, president of Warner Bros.’ domestic distribution, in a press release.

“To have the added privilege of hearing Chris’ insights firsthand makes this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” he added.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday at 9 a.m. Pacific. Fans who purchase tickets to all three films will get a lanyard and a special trilogy collectible.

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