Alamo Drafthouse Launches “Support Local Cinemas” Series with LOTR Reunion
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has announced it is bringing together Middle-earth’s finest to celebrate and support local cinemas across the world. For three consecutive weeks beginning March 25 with The Fellowship of the Ring, cast members from the cast of The Lord of the Rings trilogy will come together for conversations celebrating the 20th anniversary of these monumental films.
Participating talents include Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Peter Jackson, Ian McKellen, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen, Andy Serkis, Liv Tyler, and Elijah Wood. Each will be moderated by Stephen Colbert, host of The Late Show on CBS and a noted “Ring Nut.” Fans can submit questions for the assembled panel through March 10 using #LOTR20 on Twitter. You can check out a trailer for the event in the player below!
Twenty years after the release of THE LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy, we’re getting Middle-earth’s finest back together for three theatrical events hosted by @StephenAtHome to support local theaters everywhere. https://t.co/KMAQdvIy66 #LOTR20 pic.twitter.com/OxD3zcvYzr
— Alamo Drafthouse (@alamodrafthouse) March 4, 2021
“One of the experiences I miss most during this last year, beyond getting to hug my friends and travel, is sitting in a dark movie theater eagerly anticipating a new cinematic experience,” says Wood, who led the charge in assembling the cast and crew. “When Tim [League] reached out with the idea that we could band together to bring some much-needed support to independent theaters across the globe, I jumped at the chance to help.”
The reunion Q&A content will be initially exclusive to theatrical screenings of the new 4K remastering of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. As part of their new “Support Local Cinemas” campaign, Alamo Drafthouse is making these Q&A presentations available for all theaters around the globe entirely for free.
“We are extremely confident that post-COVID, the pent-up demand for the magic of moviegoing will be very strong and the industry will return and flourish,” says Tim League, Alamo Drafthouse Founder and Executive Chairman. “In the meantime, we’re grateful to Peter Jackson, the gracious participating cast members, and Stephen Colbert for participating in these very special events and letting fans experience these incredible films on the big screen in safe, open theaters.”
The Fellowship of the Ring – beginning March 25
Featuring Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, and Elijah Wood.
The Two Towers – beginning April 1
Featuring Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Viggo Mortensen, and Liv Tyler.
The Return of the King – beginning April 8
Featuring Peter Jackson, Ian McKellen, and Andy Serkis.
In their statement, Alamo Drafthouse said that as vaccination levels rise across the country, they will continue to offer one-of-a-kind special events like The Lord of the RingsCast Reunion as a ‘welcome back’ for guests to safely return to their local movie theaters. Future events – cast reunions, director interviews and commentaries, and behind-the-scenes looks at iconic films – will be produced by Alamo Drafthouse and made available for free to any cinema in the world.
Through the end of April, The Lord of the Rings Cast Reunion will also be available as Your Own Private Alamobookings, Alamo Drafthouse’s innovative ‘personal theater’ option where guests can quickly and easily reserve a showing for their family and friends. Additionally, for fans who are unable to make it out to a theater safely at this time, the reunion conversations will later be made available online.
Tickets and additional details
Alamo Drafthouse – Safety Protocols
Your Own Private Alamo
Alamo On Demand