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Wellington gearing up for a car-free Hobbit day

Sep 14th, 2012 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

WELLINGTON will be literally clearing its streets for the world premiere of Peter Jackson’s first Hobbit movie at the end of November.

Nearly a dozen central city streets will have traffic disrupted when The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is launched at the Embassy Theatre on November 28.

The premier is expected to be bigger than the 2003 world premier of Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, which attracted about 120,000 fans.

To cater for the crowds, Wellington City Council’s regulatory processes committee meets next  week to consider  closing  11 streets, including  Kent Tce, Cambridge Tce, Majoribanks St, Courtenay Place and Tory St.

The committee will also consider local-access-only restrictions to Edge Hill, Alpha St, Blair St, Allen St, Forresters Lane and Holland St.

The council has set aside $1.15 million to fund a street parade, although it will not comment on how this money will be spent.

Council events portfolio leader John Morrison says the public supports the council’s investment in helping stage the Hobbit premiere because they understand there is a significant return on investment.

The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King premiere is estimated to have brought in about $9.5million into the local economy, according to an economic impact report.

Acting as a prequel to Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit will also be a three-film series, with An Unexpected Journey being the first of the trilogy.

IMAGES: Carl Suurmond

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  1. Awesome story Kat!! The first lead of many I know it!!

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