Lisa (my fiancee) thought this was kind of crazy to go to a *midnight* showing of a movie. But she couldn't tear her eyes off the screen. And NO ONE went to the bathroom: that's what the theater employees said later, that no one left at any time during the first showing of FOTR.
The theater was packed! Some came in costume. Both Lisa and me wore the TheOneRing.net shirts you guys gave us at Dragon*Con :-) I also made a sign (see photos) I waved around before the place went dark.
Seeing this was like watching the very first showing of "The Wizard Of Oz" or "Gone With The Wind". Nothing... and I mean *nothing*... in our lifetimes has come close, in this guy's opinion. Not "Schindler's List", not "Titanic", not even "Star Wars". We all laughed together. At times, we cried together. Darnnit someone shoulda told us to bring Kleenex! We came to care for these characters: I've never felt like crying when Obi-Wan or Qui-Gon was struck down... but I darn sure as heck cried with Frodo and Sam after they fled Moria.
Lisa had thought it was crazy. Now she wouldn't take anything for the experience of seeing FOTR at the first midnight showing. And that's only added to what I've come to believe the past 36 hours: this is the greatest movie ever made. Now on to "The Two Towers"!! :-)
Take care guys, and keep up the good work!! :-)
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