A t-rex gets up close to the audience at the Isle of Wight premiere of Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie at Cineworld. Picture by Robin Crossley.
A CINEMATIC blockbuster had an Isle of Wight premiere on Sunday, when an invited Island audience became one of the first in the world to see Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie.
The film is not due for general release until this Friday, but looks set to be a roaring success judging by the reaction of Islanders at the invite-only screening at Cineworld.
Tourism body Visit Isle of Wight has worked with the film’s creators, 20th Century Fox and BBC Earth, to promote the Isle of Wight — the UK’s dinosaur capital according to the Natural History Museum — in the build up to its release.
Before the movie started, families had 'Fun in the Foyer’ with dinosaur face-painting, dino balloon modelling and an opportunity to handle dinosaur fossils.
Young cinema-goers had the chance to meet an animatronic juvenile t-Rex, win dinosaur prizes and learn more about the successful Dinosaur Island Augmented Reality App.
Visit Isle of Wight chief David Thornton introduced the film before Toby Anstis, of Heart FM, began the official countdown to the start of the premiere screening.
People who won a competition for tickets to the premiere were invited to an after-screening party held at Dinosaur Island, Sandown.
See a trailer for the movie below: