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VIDEO: Fans Wait Hours in the Cold for 'The Hobbit'

Dozens of fans braved 40 degree weather to catch the midnight showing of the new film by director Peter Jackson.

An eight-hour wait? Forty degree weather? Expensive tickets?

None of that mattered for the scores of fans who lined up Thursday night all over the region to catch the midnight showing of "The Hobbit."

At 9:45 p.m., nearly 100 people were bundled up outside the Century 14 theater in downtown Walnut Creek to catch the new film by "Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson.

Marco Buschini, a 15-year-old Las Lomas High student, was one of the first in line. He arrived at 3:30 p.m. Thursday to secure his spot.

He expected the movie to be epic. So did his eight friends who camped out with him.

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" is the first installment in a three-part series based on J. R. R. Tolkien's 1937 book. "The Desolation of Smaug" will premiere next year. "There And Back Again" will be released in 2014.

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Maybe after the movie, some patrons will apply to Marquette University in Wisconsin, which has a course devoted to Tolkien's world.

Did you see "The Hobbit"? What did you think? Share your review in the comments.

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