The ultimate Lord of the Rings movie experience is coming next month as the Extended Editions of all three films make a limited-run appearance in theaters across the U.S.
The Lord of the Rings film trilogy was awesome and the Extended Edition DVD releases were even more awesome because, well, they were more, adding a full two hours of extra orc-whompin’ action to the fun. But the only way to see them flicks is to watch them at home and while the comfort of your own living room is certainly a plus, it just can’t recreate the big-screen, big-sound, sticky-floor, making-out-in-the-back-row experience of going to the show.
For some lucky fans in the U.S., however, that will soon no longer be a problem as all three Extended Editions are coming to select theaters in cities across the country in June. Not only will you get to see J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy epic in all its super-extendo glory, but each film will also include a “new and personal introduction” by director Peter Jackson, filmed on the set of his current project, The Hobbit. All told, nearly three hours of additional footage have been added to the trilogy.
The Extended Edition event will take place over three weekends in June, beginning with The Fellowship of the Ring on June 14, followed by The Two Towers on June 21 and The Return of the King on June 28. Each showing will begin at 7 pm local time.
The question you should be asking yourself at this point is, “Will it be coming to my city?” I have no idea, since I don’t know where you live, but there is a handy-dandy list of participating theaters you can check out right here. If it does happen to be showing at a nearby locale and you want to score some seats [and you really should], you can pick up advance tickets from fathomevents.com.