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An otherworldly movie event is coming to The Orpheum Theatre. Journey to Middle Earth with your comrades for the 20th anniversary celebration of THE LORD OF THE RINGS film trilogy! For this movie marathon, The Orpheum Theatre will screen all three of the epic films, beginning with The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) on Friday, April 1; The Two Towers (2002) will play for a Saturday matinee on April 2, with an evening showing of The Return of the King (2003) to close out the weekend. This event is graciously supported by newcomer sponsor to The Orpheum Theatre: The Shops at Main and Seminary (

The Lord of the Rings is a series of three epic fantasy adventure films directed by Peter Jackson, based on the novel written by J. R. R. Tolkien. Widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential film series ever made, each film was critically acclaimed, with high praise for their innovative special effects, acting, set design, musical score and emotional depth, and heavily awarded, the series winning 17 out of its 30 Academy Award 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 success of the movies was also crucial in initiating the geek film renaissance that began during the early 2000s, which laid the foundational standard for numerous future adaptations of beloved fantasy novels; the trilogy’s success also exhibited that fantasy was no longer for 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 20th anniversary trilogy celebration, 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 begins on April 1, screening the theatrical release of each of the films: Friday, April 1 at 7:00pm – The Fellowship of the Ring Saturday, April 2 at 2:00pm – The Two Towers Saturday, April 2 at 7:00pm – The Return of the King

General admission tickets for the Lord of the Rings films are $10 each or $25 for all three; they can be purchased at The Orpheum Theatre, Tuesday through Friday, 10am-2pm. Purchase tickets by phone at 309.342.2299 during office hours or online 24/7 at

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