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‘Lord Of The Rings’ Returns to the Big Screen This Weekend

The Smith Opera House invites patrons to a very special movie event this weekend.

The 110-year-old historic theatre presents all three of director/writer/producer 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 all together in one marathon screening on March 12.

This exclusive cinematic event starts at noon with “Fellowship,” continues at 4 p.m. with “Towers” and concludes at 8 p.m. with “Return.”

Between each film, ticket holders will be invited to partake in a Tolkien-themed meal at the Prancing Pony Inn – otherwise known as the historic venue's lower-level cabaret – catered by Keuka Restaurant in Penn Yan. Genre-related vendors including Tarot card reading by Geneva's Beth Lynch, The Book Nook in Geneva, The Coyote's Den and Stage Struck Puppets in Canandaigua, crystal jewelry by Eric Elias of Seneca Falls, The Lost Worlds in Macedon and Reyen Design Studio from Syracuse will be set up throughout the Middle Earth-decorated theater. Door prizes and prizes for best costume will be awarded, and there will be silent auction and raffle opportunities.

Limited to just 250 and on sale since early January, tickets sales for this fundraiser have been brisk and only about 75 tickets remain. Tickets are $30 each or $50 per couple. If any remain, they will be $35 each at the door. 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 precious 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 took 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.

Additional show times are: “Fellowship of the Ring,” at 7 p.m. March 10 and 14. “The Two Towers,” at 7 p.m. March 11 and 14, and “Return of the King,” at 2 p.m. March 13 and at 7 p.m. March 15. All three films are rated PG-13 for epic battle sequences and some scary images and each has a running time of approximately three hours. Tickets to the individual screenings are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. All seats are $3 on Thursdays and $2 on Tuesdays.

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.