This was such an amazing experience. I'm writing this right after, because I will be so out of it tomorrow. I got three tickets and so I invited some internet folk along.
Kat (who drove me there) and I arrived at the theater at 5:30 AM. Crazyiness. But still, there were at least 40 people ahead of us (some, I hear, who had been camping out since Saturday) though it swelled to 100 as soon as more people joined their "groups." Geeks were abundant. When some guy looking for tickets had a sign that said something like, "Gimli values tickets more than Mithral." One girl responded, "no wonder he hasn't gotten any yet. He spelled Mithril wrong."
At like 5:50 AM, some lady walked up to us, asking what were we doing. I thought she was someone I knew, so I was all friendlylike, but she ended up being someone from KOMO 1000 (a local radio station) who wanted to interview us. We talked about why we were there, how we just had an umbrella compared to the people ahead of use with tents, chairs, and tarps to to use. I didn't get to hear exactly what they aired but my dad did, and apparently they aired some of what we said, and were like, [way paraphrased] "everyone's out here for LOTR that doesn't even start until midnight (to make it more dramatic I guess, even though we gave them the real time). Everybody's out here with their tents and chairs, except for Kat and Kim who weren't that prepared."
Surprisingly, the theater was way organized and nice. I had been little apprehensive. But they had someone come out and announce the movie times to people in the line. They had passes that had our seat number on it so we didn't have to worry about keeping a seat saved. They let us bring in food from outside. They sold hot dogs and nachos for 1 dollar, and gave free refills on popcorn and soda. And then in between TTT and ROTK, they gave us free pizza.
The movies themselves were great, as usual. I hadn't seen the TTT extended yet, so that was a surprise. Our audience was really clap happy. When so-and-so showed up, they clapped. First Borimir, then Legolas. When Gimli appeared, people gave a sort of sarcastic applause because I guess Gimli is not hot enough to earn his own. Even when Shadowfax came out all dramatic like in TTT, people applauded.
I'm amused with some of the things you pick up from watching it a bunch of times. Especially with a big screen. Like during TTT, when the elves surprised everybody by marching to Helm's Deep. When they entered the main doors, startling whoever was there, there was this guy in the background who seemed like, "I figure my motivation is: woah."
I've mentioned my Tree fear
before, about how the Ents weren't so bad and I was glad that Peter Jackson didn't include the huorns. Well he did. Ack. Freaked me out. They weren't like the ents, which I could deal with, but were shown as mass of migrating trees. ::shudders::
Finally, ROTK: ( So Wonderful )
I really need to see it again. There are so many little things I missed/want to see again.
And the gifts that newline gave us are neat. I expected something cheap, when I had heard about it, but this was very nice. It was 3 frame shots from a movie reel put in a little display thing. I got Frodo for FOTR, Helm's Deep retreat for TTT, and Gandalf for ROTK.