The Lord of the Rings trilogy arrives at the Orpheum Theater in Galesburg

GALESBURG – An otherworldly film event is coming to the Orpheum Theatre. Travel to Middle-earth with your comrades for the 20th anniversary celebration of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

For this film marathon, the Orpheum Theater will screen all three epic films, beginning with The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) on Friday, April 1; The Two Towers (2002) will play matinees on Saturday April 2, with an evening screening of The Return of the King (2003) to close the weekend. This event is supported by the Orpheum Theater’s new sponsor: The Shops at Main and Seminary (www.mainandseminary.com).

The Lord of the Rings is a series of three epic fantasy adventure films directed by Peter Jackson, based on the novel written by JRR Tolkien. Widely regarded as one of the most important and influential film series ever made, each film has received critical acclaim, with praise for its innovative special effects, acting, set design, musical score and its emotional depth, and lavishly awarded, with the series earning 17 out of its 30 Oscar nominations. The films feature an ensemble cast including Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Christopher Lee, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving, Andy Serkis and Sean Bean. .

The films’ success was also crucial in kick-starting the geek film revival that began in the early 2000s, which laid the foundation for many future adaptations of beloved fantasy novels; The success of the trilogy also showed that fantasy was no longer aimed at a niche audience, paving the way for films such as Stardust and Clash of the Titans, and serial epics such as HBO’s Game of Thrones. .

For this celebration of the 20th Anniversary Trilogy, fans are encouraged to don their LOTR gear or cosplay as their favorite character. The event will include giveaways from local businesses such as Judy’s Family Cafe, Inner Wisdom, Beavers Teeth, Wordsmith Bookshoppe, and more.

It all starts on April 1 with the screening of the theatrical release of each of the films:

  • Friday April 1 at 7 p.m. – The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Saturday April 2 at 2 p.m. – Les Deux Tours
  • Saturday April 2 at 7 p.m. – The Return of the King

General admission tickets for Lord of the Rings movies are $10 each or $25 for all three; they can be purchased at the Orpheum Theater, Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Buy your tickets by phone at (309) 342-2299 during office hours or online 24/7 at www.galesburgorpheum.org/tickets.

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