WARSAW — It began with the forging of the Great Rings. Three were given to the Elves, immortal, wisest and fairest of all beings. Seven to the Dwarf-Lords, great miners and craftsmen of the mountain halls. And nine, nine rings were gifted to the race of Men, who above all else desire power. For within these rings was bound the strength and the will to govern each race. But they were all of them deceived, for another ring was made. Deep in the land of Mordor, in the Fires of Mount Doom, the Dark Lord Sauron forged a master ring, and into this ring he poured his cruelty, his malice and his will to dominate all life.
One ring to rule them all.
A tale which has echoed in the collective subconscious, influencing and shaping stories that followed is once again returning to the silver screen after its first arrival 20 years ago. The “Lord of the Rings” trilogy will be playing at the Spotlight Theater in Warsaw and Hornell, followed by a cast reunion hosted by Stephen Colbert on the silver screen.
“It was presented to us Tuesday last week as an opportunity. The whole program was originally put together through Alamo Drafthouse (an American cinema chain),” said Tami Treutlein, owner of the Spotlight Theater, adding it was done to help drive audiences to return to the theater.
The actors and Colbert got together to answer questions about what happened during the shooting of the movie. Treutlein said people really love to hear from actors and actresses what they thought during the making of the process. Each movie will have different actors and actresses meeting with Colbert about that specific film.
“I think ‘Lord of the Rings’ is larger than life. To see it in that format on the large screen, and the combination of CGI and actors and real-life thing they used to portray it on the screen, it’s more than unbelievable,” she said when asked what makes ‘The Lord of the Rings’ so popular.
As for how theaters are doing, Treutlein said they are doing very well. There are no states left that have unopened movie theaters, and she said patrons have been great in following safety protocols. The Spotlight Theater had agreed and signed on to a program called Cinema Safe, which promotes protocols and guidelines developed and supported by leading epidemiologists to support a safe return to movie theaters. Treutlein said since they opened, their biggest turn-out has been “Tom and Jerry.”
“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy will be screened at 8 p.m. March 27, April 3 and April 10 — there will be one of the original theatrical releases playing each weekend starting with “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” on March 27. Tickets cost $5 and can be bought online at www.thespotlighttheaters.com or in the theater prior or day of. Seating is reduced to 75 percent capacity, and if the theaters reach capacity, they will open another showing either the Friday before or Sunday after.
The other films in the trilogy are “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers,” released in 2002, and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” from 2003.