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Celebrate Harry Potter's Latest Cinematic Release

From midnight screenings with 'before parties' to a soul food dinner celebration, there's a lot going on to celebrate Harry Potter's latest victory.

Ten years after the franchise premiered, the cinematic debut of the last of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter book series is hitting theaters Friday. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 will grace screens big and small, near and far. The following is a list of special Bay Area events for the much-awaited movie, ranging from 3-D or IMAX showings, to a soul food dinner get-together. 

You can toast to Potter’s latest victory at one of several British Pubs in the South Bay and Santa Cruz area, be it Brittania Arms in Capitola, Aptos or Cupertino,  in Cupertino, or The Rose and Crown Pub in Palo Alto. 

South Bay
The Tech Museum is San Jose is a proponent of both physics experiments and Hogwarts. It will show two debut screenings of Harry Potter at its Hackworth IMAX Theater. The midnight showing is sold out, but there are still tickets available for the 2:30 a.m. Friday show, so act fast! Ticket holders for both events are invited to an opening celebration that begins at 10:30 p.m. Thursday. 

Camera Cinemas, which has theaters in Campbell, Los Gatos and San Jose, will offer showings of Harry Potter in both 2-D and 3-D, beginning at a special premier at midnight Thursday night. Tickets are $12.75 for adults, $9.75 for children and seniors, and $10.50 for students. You can purchase tickets through Camera Cinemas' website

Several South Bay movie theaters, such as AMC Cupertino Square 16 and IMAX, are offering special IMAX showings of the movie, starting at midnight and continuing thereafter. To find the theater closest to you, look up your location in IMAX’s website here

Further Afield
Looking to meet both Harry Potter fans and outdoor enthusiasts? The Bay Area Young Sierrans will host a movie and dinner social event from 6-11:30 p.m. Friday. First the group will gather at Scend's soul food restaurant at 3627 San Pablo Ave. in Emeryville, and then head to the nearby AMC Bay Street Theater.

Jennifer Squires July 14, 2011 at 10:17 PM
Watsonville showtimes: http://www.fandango.com/greenvalleycinema8_aandb/theaterpage

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