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‘The Lord of the Rings’ Marathon

December 29, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 pm


MINNEAPOLIS — The tradition continues: The Riverview Theater will once again present — marathon-style — The Lord of the Rings trilogy on Sunday, December 29, 2019.

An annual event since January 2, 2006, this year’s marathon proves to be even more fun, as the event will for the first time include a costume contest, with prizes awarded to the best film- inspired attire. Also, in addition to the usual movie theater fare, including the Riverview’s renowned popcorn as well as nachos, soft drinks, and coffee, Fast Eddie’s pizza will be available during the breaks. The Riverview’s doors will open for the day at 9:45 a.m. The event will begin at 10:45 a.m. with The Fellowship of the Ring. The Two Towers will follow at 2:45 p.m. and The Return of the King will be shown at 7 p.m.

The Lord of the Rings, a film series of three epic fantasy adventures — which “blew the world away with their amazing visuals and sound,” said Katie Holmes, Riverview events manager — isbased on the novel written by J. R. R. Tolkien. One of the highest-grossing film series of all time, each of the three films was individually critically acclaimed, winning a combined seventeen Academy Awards, including Best Picture (The Return of the King, 2003). The films feature a star-studded ensemble cast, including Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Dominic Monaghan, Cate Blanchett, and Orlando Bloom. Once again this year, the Riverview has obtained the extended version/director’s cut of all three movies. “These films represent the way [director Peter] Jackson intended them to be seen,” said Holmes, “before they were cut for mass audiences.”

Holmes said that by the end of the marathon, audience members who have lasted the more than twelve hours that will span from the start of the first film to the end of the third (the total run time for all three films is approximately 730 minutes) feel a sense that not only did they watch three storied films they also shared the experience with family, friends, and neighbors in a way they could not anywhere else, certainly not at home. It’s not uncommon for those who reach the end of the marathon to extend high-fives to each other in what Holmes calls “a fun ritual of camaraderie.”

General admission for this special event is $12. One ticket gets you to all three shows. Tickets are available via Note that this event regularly sells out. Said Holmes: “there hasn’t been a marathon that I can recall [the past 12 years] that hasn’t sold at least 600 tickets.”

The historic Riverview Theater, located at 3800 42nd Avenue South in Minneapolis, is one of the most renowned neighborhood theaters in the upper Midwest. Opened in 1948, the Riverview frequently rates as the best movie theater in Minneapolis, including by the City Pages seven times in a recent nine-year span. With a capacity to seat 700 moviegoers in a classic auditorium that features state-of-the-art projection and sound systems as well as high-backed rocker seats, the Riverview offers the best of the modern digital age combined with the atmosphere of a simpler time. Its 1950s lobby is complete with mod couches and chairs, and patrons often come early to relax before the show. The Riverview presents art-house cinema classics, children and family films, Hollywood blockbusters, filmed concerts, and live sports, all at budget-conscious prices.


December 29, 2019
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
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