The film was screened for the press in IMAX, but the event was cancelled an hour into the film after the picture and sound fell out of sync, according to Deadline.
"The computer device that syncs the picture and sound broke about one hour into the screening," a rep explained.
"The movie started promptly at 7pm. But at about 8.15pm, as a new reel began, the dialogue between Christian Bale and Michael Caine was clearly out of sync - with a full five to ten-second lip-flap after lines were spoken.
"After a few minutes the crowd shouted for a projectionist," the rep continued. "The movie was stopped and the lights went up. A 40-year employee of IMAX said that this has never ever happened to him before.
"After 20 minutes, the man came out again and said the sync computer had failed and could not be rebooted.
"Reporters were asked to return to the same theater Saturday at 8am to see the film," they concluded. "Warner Bros reps asked that everyone see the movie in its entirety and not just from where it left off."
A 13-minute featurette for the film was unveiled over the weekend.
Director Christopher Nolan recently added his handprints to the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The Dark Knight Rises opens in cinemas worldwide on July 20.
Watch the trailer for the film below: