The 110-year-old historic theatre presents all three of director Peter Jackson’s Academy Award-winning “Lord of the Rings” films – “The Fellowship of the Ring,” “The Two Towers” and “The Return of the King” – back on the area’s biggest movie screen. Each film will be shown twice individually and then all together in one marathon screening on Saturday, March 12.
This exclusive cinematic event starts at noon with “Fellowship,” continues at 4 p.m. with “Towers” and concludes at 7 p.m. with “Return.”
Between each film, ticket holders will be invited to partake in a fully catered Tolkien-themed meal at the Prancing Pony Inn – otherwise known as the venue's lower-level cabaret. Genre-related vendors will be set up throughout the theater and door prizes will be awarded. Dress in costume or purchase a raffle ticket and perhaps win a prize.
Though each film will be screened separately between March 10 and March 16, when there is sure to be plenty of room in the auditorium, only 250 tickets will be made available for the 11-hour Saturday marathon and festival. They are $30 each or $50 per couple. If any remain, they will be $35 each, $60 per couple, at the door. Tickets went on sale Monday, Jan. 10, and have been selling briskly. They may be purchased by contacting the box office at 315-781-LIVE or toll-free 866-355-LIVE.
All patrons also receive a complimentary limited edition Smith Opera House ring with ticket purchase that will gain the bearer access to the great hall. Additionally, an official New Line Cinema ring – the “one ring to rule them all” – will be awarded as a door prize.
J.R.R. Tolkien's towering three-part epic has had a profound effect on generations of readers, defining for many the archetypal struggle between good and evil, and was voted in worldwide polls the “Book of the Century.” It set the benchmark for the modern epic in its creation of an entirely new and thrillingly vital universe. It introduced an unforgettable hero – the Hobbit Frodo Baggins – caught up in a war of mythic proportions in Middle-earth, a world full of magic and lore. Most of all, it celebrated the power of loyal friendship and individual courage, a power that may hold at bay even the most devastating forces of darkness.
Now, the legend that Tolkien imagined has finally been brought to life on the motion picture screen, an undertaking that has required nothing less than one of the most colossal movie productions ever embarked upon. The mythos, landscapes, and creatures Tolkien created are so vast and detailed in scope that it has taken more than four decades since the book's publication for cinema technology to reach the necessary level of sophistication to bring his universe to powerful and palpable life. Such a project required nothing less than a visionary to take it on, and a first-ever experiment in filmmaking to make the simultaneous production of all three films possible. Tolkien's epic found a passionate and dedicated shepherd in director/writer/producer Peter Jackson.
The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street in Geneva. Call 315-781-LIVE or toll-free 1-866-355 LIVE to reserve tickets or for more information. The Smith is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the City of Geneva, the Town of Geneva and by contributions from individual supporters. This production is generously sponsored by the Lyons National Bank.