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About the Minneapolis LotR Trilogy showing....

Posted on 2007.12.14 at 17:12
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A Question....

Is anyone else going to see the LotR trilogy in the Cities after Christmas? If so, I’d love to meet you.

I don’t think anyone from the fandom (that I know of) lives in this neck of the upper Midwest, but, just in case, I and my daughter are going to the see the trilogy on the big screen at the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis, on December 27th.

The showings for the three films are at 11:00 am, 2:45 pm and 7:00 pm. The cost for a ticket is only $7.00. That’s per trilogy, not per film. Wow!

Since we live three hours away, we’re going to drive down the day before and stay in an inexpensive hotel south of the city (by the airport). That way we won’t be too tired to appreciate the movies on the 27th.

If you are going to be there, perhaps we could at least introduce ourselves to each other? I'd like that.

~ Mechtild



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Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-12-14 23:43 (UTC) (Link)
Me, too! But I know you live far away. :( (Although, really, as an ex-East-coaster, *I'm* the one who lives far away!)
frolijah_fan_54
frolijah_fan_54 at 2007-12-14 23:38 (UTC) (Link)
I don't live there - but I wish I did!! See the whole trilogy on the big screen sounds wonderful - I hope you have a great time (and good weather). And Merry Christmas!!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-12-14 23:47 (UTC) (Link)
I don't live there - but I wish I did!!

I don't know if you'd wished you lived here if you were here, lol! This morning it was about eight below zero. Brrrr! But I'm thrilled that there is this showing. What an opportunity for an LotR maniac like me. The Cities are big, but they are no Los Angeles or New York City. When the EE's of FotR and TTT were being shown around the country the weeks before the release of RotK, only one theatre in the whole state showed it (yes, I went, multiple times). It wasn't this theatre, which is an old, modest place, but it was a nice theatre in Minneapolis. I felt like I was making a pilgrimage to an LotR shrine in order to see them!

Edited at 2007-12-15 01:18 am (UTC)
wakerobin at 2007-12-15 00:10 (UTC) (Link)
Can't make it to this (but did it in SF)-- enjoy. And take a pillow for your tush - things start getting pretty sketch about 1/3 into the Two Towers and numbness doesn't set in until about Minus Morgul!
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-12-15 01:12 (UTC) (Link)
Good advice about the pillow, Wakerobin! I think we should bring them. And snacks. :)
Prim
primula_baggins at 2007-12-15 00:10 (UTC) (Link)
It seems like some of my LJ friends live in Minneapolis. I can post a link to your LJ if you'd like?

I wish they'd show the LOTR trilogy here.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-12-15 01:14 (UTC) (Link)
I won't ask the city, but what part of the country do you live in, Primula? Surely a trilogy screening should come along if you live near a really big city. I have hopes that the films all will be shown should The Hobbit get made and released, just like they showed all the first (and best) Star Wars films when the fourth film came out after years of waiting.
Prim
primula_baggins at 2007-12-15 04:03 (UTC) (Link)
I live in the Los Angeles area. Actually, back in early 2004 there was a trilogy screeing in Hollywood and multiple people from the cast and crew and even Peter Jackson, Philipa Boyens and PJ's wife were there! (Elijah and Sean too!) It was an amazing thing. But since then, nothing.

There is an active Tolkien society here, but they only do screenings on big TV's in various people's homes once a year. I've tried to get them to do a trilogy screening in a theater, but they have no interest in it at all. So, that's where it stands here. Unless New Line wants to do it, I doubt that it will happen. It irks me a bit that in one of the biggest cities in the world, there is no LOTR trilogy screening.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-12-15 06:01 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, I have heard about the lack of a trilogy screening in LA from a member of the Tolkien Society there, and former member of Tolkien Forever, the local "smial" in the LA area. She just went to the "big TV" screening of TTT (the EE), which is (I think) what you are referring to.

Like the both of you, I am surprised that there has been no screening of the three films otherwise, in LA. That's a huge city, with a lot of fans in the area.

I think I remember reading about the 2004 Trilogy screening you attended on TORn--that must have been terrific!!!!
(Anonymous) at 2007-12-20 15:06 (UTC) (Link)
Hi, Primula! (I beg pardon, in advance, for this lengthy reply) I, too, live in LA and it makes me sad that we've had no trilogy for all this long time. Although we can't be sure how much good it will do, if you have *noodged* Arclight (or the theatres at the Grove, where the ee for FOTR was first shown in this area), give 'em another *push*. Arclight certainly has the facilities to do the same sort of screening that the Alamo in Texas does (all three movies, plus "hobbit meals" (made in on-site kitchens)). I've written to them in the past, and they say they'll "consider it". My guess is they'll *consider it* for real when The Hobbit is released, OR when they've heard about it enough to be assurred they'll make money at it.

Of course, if you have enough dinero, you could make the Texas trip the next time they do the Trilogy showing. (once or twice a year, I think). I figured out it would probably cost me a MERE $500 for transportation, hotel, *FOOD* (and MORE food) and the screening.

Re Tolkien Forever (the LA smial): the yearly showing of one of the movies is held in a church, space kindly "donated" by one of the members of TF. The screen is large, although surely not a theater screen. The sound system is very good and the fellowshipping excellent. This is a large smial, however, the money involved in showing the trilogy in a theater has simply made it an improbable dream. Logistically, it has proved impractical to show all three films at once. (mere numbing of the nether regions being more than sufficient to scare off all but the most hardy....OR padded)

Tolkien Forever also hosts a Hall of Fire at least once a year, and for the last two years has been part of Reading Day, which was a wonderful experience. There are also a couple of "spin-off" sorts of groups, more scholarly in direction, associated with this smial.

Since you live in LA, I do hope that you'll come to one or more of these events. (the next one being the Toast on Jan 3, at the Cat and Fiddle in H'wood)

As the fandom continues to dwindle, I often ask myself what, in the end, will be left? I suppose the answer is much the same as the one that may have crossed Frodo's mind as he sailed: all other things pass away, but love, and friends who are like family, (or ARE family) remain.

To Mech: I'm folding myself up VERY small and sending myself two-day air. Can you get me a ticket, puh-leeze? Oh, and one of those marvellous straightening-out mechanisms (ala Willy Wonka) wouldn't be amiss, either. You know, dear, you shan't be alone in that theater. I'll be with you in spirit.

with best wishes to you for a happy holiday,

jan~
ladysnaps
ladysnaps at 2007-12-15 00:19 (UTC) (Link)
got here via prim. sounds like you're going to have a couple of nice days watching the films and you can't beat that price with a stick! i sure wish that was happening here.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-12-15 01:16 (UTC) (Link)
I wish, for you, that it was happening where you live, too. What better way to bring in the New Year than the defeat of the powers of darkness and the return of the King? :)

Edited at 2007-12-15 01:17 am (UTC)
Shirebound
shirebound at 2007-12-15 00:23 (UTC) (Link)
Augh, why doesn't San Diego ever have anything like that? You're going to have SUCH a great time.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-12-15 01:17 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks so much, Shirebound! I wish it were playing in San Diego, for your sake and all the Tolkien fans there. You've got great weather for standing in the waiting-to-get-in lines! :)
_celebrian
_celebrian at 2007-12-15 02:55 (UTC) (Link)
Here via Prim.

I only live about 3.5 hours or so from there, but I won't be able to go. ;-( My parents will be visiting from the east coast and my kids would be too young for that long a day (and the younger two are too young for the films IMO, though the oldest has seen them on DVD). It's too bad really. I never did see FOTR on a big screen and I'd love to have the chance to, but not this time. Sigh.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-12-15 03:19 (UTC) (Link)
Well, if you could get coverage for just the 11 am show, you could buy a ticket for 7.00 and just go to see FotR. I never saw FotR on the big screen either, Celebrian, not until the EE's were shown in Minneapolis before the release of RotK. I had only seen it on video and DVD. When I finally saw it on the big screen (even though it was the EE, not the theatrical), I was floored. I already loved it, but the effect of seeing the scope, the sweep, and the sheer detail I had missed on the small screen really blew me away. The grit on the floor of Bag End, the crumbs on the table, the facial expressions of Saruman and and Gandalf in the flurry of the wizard duel--I just hadn't really appreciated it the way I did when I saw it at its proper viewing size.

Just a thought. Whether I meet you or not, you would be able to experience FotR in the way it was intended to be experienced. If you can do it, you might try to get to that first show. It's a three-hour film, almost. Assuming there are minimal (or no) coming attractions, it should end around 2pm. The Riverview is south of 94, just west of the river, so if you live south of the city, it might make the drive easier.

Otherwise, most fans believe there will be a showing of the three films before the release of The Hobbit, whenever, and if, that happens. I'm actually sort of counting on it!

~ Mechtild
_celebrian
_celebrian at 2007-12-15 03:34 (UTC) (Link)
There's no way it's going to work for me. It would be about a 6-7 hour round trip drive, so even with only seeing one movie I'd be gone for at least an entire day and might more likely need to stay overnight (especially this time of year, I can't assume the driving would be quick and easy).

And, no, I'm not south of the city. I'd be coming on 94 from the northwest.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-12-15 03:44 (UTC) (Link)
Awwww. Oh, well, there's always The Hobbit! *keeps hopes up* :)
_celebrian
_celebrian at 2007-12-15 04:26 (UTC) (Link)
*hopes too*

It would be lovely to meet you as well as seeing the movies on the big screen. :-)
Lavender Took
lavendertook at 2007-12-15 05:17 (UTC) (Link)
They're having a trilogy showing in the DC area on April 27th. They've had it the last two years at this dinner theater. I made it last year and it was fun. So you should have a blast. Enjoy!

If you're out east then and can make it to DC, I have a spare futon you can crash on.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-12-15 06:02 (UTC) (Link)
Aw, that's so nice, Lavendertook! Thanks for the gracious offer. Are you going to this year's trilogy, or have you had enough for a while? *g*
Lavender Took
lavendertook at 2007-12-15 06:09 (UTC) (Link)
Enough? Would you ask a hobbit if one helping of mushroom pie were enough? ;-P

Yeah, I'm planning on going. (-:
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-12-15 13:40 (UTC) (Link)
Woo hoo! Can you say which dinner theater? I went to high school in the northern Virginia suburbs, in the Very Olden Days. Maybe it's one of the dinner theaters that were operating then?
Lavender Took
lavendertook at 2007-12-16 05:22 (UTC) (Link)
It's the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse, with info on the event here. (-:
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-12-16 13:44 (UTC) (Link)
This sounds great! I love it that they're going to have a Gollum Impersonation contest.
On the third day there was Slash and it was good.
random_fandom at 2007-12-21 19:11 (UTC) (Link)
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