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About the Minneapolis LotR Trilogy showing....

Posted on 2007.12.14 at 17:12


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 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,

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