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February 1, 2008
'Montana' at midnight?

Hiroko Bowlin arrived at the
Regal Natomas theater just before 1 p.m. today with the intention of buying tickets for the 7:30 p.m. showing of “Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: The Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour.” But like nearly every other showing of the film this weekend, it was sold out.

“I didn’t know people were so crazy about her,” says Bowlin, who was trying to buy tickets on behalf of her 9-year-old triplets Amelia, Chadwick and Geoffrey, on break from their year-round school.

“I thought it would be cool in 3-D,” Amelia offers of the film version of Disney Channel sensation Cyrus’ tour.

So, apparently, did a lot of other fans who bought tickets online, days, weeks or even months in advance.

Disney’s decision to limit the film’s run to one week and to theaters with digital 3-D (in the Sacramento area, that’s only Regal Natomas and Century Greenback) means just fans with exceptional foresight will see the movie at prime times this weekend. The rest must make do with movie times that are the equivalent of nosebleed seats at a concert: on weekdays, when most kids are in school, or at 11:50 p.m.

Among those with tickets for the 1 p.m. show today: Tonya Bottge, who arrived with daughter Makayla, 5, and son Hunter, 3. Bottge had ordered tickets online Wednesday at Makayla’s urging.

“(Cyrus is) fun on TV, so I asked my mom and dad to buy tickets,” Makayla says.

As for the movie’s $15 ticket price, Makayla's mother says she feels she got off easy. “I kind of expected it to be more, because I know the concerts all sell out, and the tickets are like $200,” she says.

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