I just got back from seeing the Lord of the Rings Trilogy in the Palisades Mall in Nyack, NY. It started at 1:15pm, and was over at 1:30am. Here are my thoughts on the experience (don't worry I won't spoil anything from Return of the King): 1) The theater - When I got there at 11:30 they had already let people in to the theater, so I didn't see any throngs of people in line or anything. Going in to the theater was great! All the employees had on LOTR Event Staff shirts. I wanted one (a shirt, not an employee, sicko! ) The theater had 504 seats, and I was able to find 4 seats dead center in the last row, which was a perfect view, and didn't have anyone kicking the back of my chair. Comfy chairs. One of the staff members was announcing via loudspeaker the time remaining for Fellowship to start (T minus 30 minutes, etc.) and even introduced everyone in the staff by name, and the audience cheered them on... It was the best audience I've ever been a part of: friendly, funny, respectful, no crying babies, no laser pointers, no smart-ass remarks. 2) The movies - The lights went out, a few silly Coke commercials showed up, and then The Fellowship of the Ring began. It was the extended edition. I had already seen it, but it was great seeing it up on the big screen. Cool stuff. It was over at around 5pm. They gave us a 45 minute break between movies for restroom/food break. The Palisades Center Mall is huge! Worth checking out. Then began The Two Towers, extended edition. This one I hadn't seen yet, and was blown away by all the additions. I really liked the original theatrical version, but this was just superb. More cool stuff. Another 45 minute break, and we were ready for the premiere of Return of the King. The anticipation was unbearable. Everyone wanted to see what happened next; those that had read the novels many times before, and those, like me, that have never read them. 3) The Return of the King - All I'm going to say is "run, don't walk". Unbelievable. 4) The exhaustion - Well, frankly, I was much less tired than I thought I would be. I guess sitting through 12 hours of movie is fine, as long as the movies are good. It was good to stretch between the movies, and I had to use the restroom during Two Towers, but in no way was I leaving during Return of the King! 5) Conclusion - I'm sad it's over. It was an incredible experience, and I wish more people could have seen this. Seeing the three movies back to back gives you a better perspective of the long journey that these characters went through. At the end of the evening, the staff gave every audience member a special gift: a collectors desk ornament with three film strip frames, one from each movie, to commemorate the day. It was the perfect end to the day, and I hope you all have a chance to see all three films in a row in the movie theater. Two big thumbs up!