'Fellowship of the Ring' at Radio City Music Hall: High-class geekery

Last night, NYC’s Radio City Music Hall played host to a screening of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring. Read the full post.

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  • Kyleila

    It was definitely a great experience. I wasn’t expecting Elijah to be there so that was a pleasant surprise. Can’t wait until “The Two Towers”!

  • Leia Loves Han

    Easily seeing “Star Wars” for the first time. It was at the Janus Theater in Greensboro before it came to my hometown, Martinsville, VA.
    Second, a midnight screening of “The Road Warrior” early in my Mel Gibson worship. I remember a reviewer said the experience of watching “The Road Warrior” on the big screen was like being run over by a Mac truck and wondering why you enjoyed it. That pretty much went double for seeing it in the wee hours. As long as you didn’t need to sleep!

  • horiwood

    New Zealand is such a beautiful country. Lord of the Rings really captured the beauty of the landscape well. That live musical score at Radio City Hall would have been amazing combined with the New Zealand scenary in Fellowship of The Ring. wow!

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  • Meredith44

    Wow, that sounds amazing! I live in NY state, but NYC is farther away from me than Canada (us Upstate/Western NYers joke all the time that NYC is its own separate state), so I would never be able to make it out there.
    My most memorable movie experience was seeing Gangs of New York; however, it wasn’t because of the actual movie. A friend and I wanted to see all of the Oscar nominated movies, but the closest place Gangs was playing was in Canada. We took the 2 hour trip and saw the movie without incident. Coming back, though, we got stopped at customs, because the guy didn’t believe that we would drive to Canada just to see a movie. We ended up even having our car searched! It was definitely a memorable experience and more fun than seeing the movie at our local theater would have been.

  • Samuel Walters

    I absolutely loved the show last night (Saturday). Simply a fantastic experience. The commenter above, about the changes to the audio mix, is right — it does make the experience quite different from what one is used to. But considering that the point of the event is to hear the music live, I’m glad they allowed it to take prominence, sometimes even over the dialogue.

    Put simply, this was a fantastic show … and the 1/2 hour pre-show chat between Howard Shore and Doug Adams was a wonderful bonus.

    You can read my review here:


  • Jenny

    I was at the FOTR event at radio city on friday night and it was the single most amazing experience of my life. the first time that the orchestra sang i legitimately had chills, it was so overwhelming. i didn’t think it was a problem that you sometimes couldn’t hear the words because they had the captions up and pretty much everyone there were die hard fans who knew all the words anyway, so i thought it was absolutely perfect! elijah and billy were adorable, and meeting howard shore after was like a dream come true. the whole experience was heavenly, i can’t wait for the two towers next year!

  • David

    Minor correction (i was in the chorus): orchestra was a normal size, about 50 players. Chorus was over 220. Total musicians on stage is how you get the 300 number the promotional folks are bandying about — but it’s not the size that matters…

  • Miles Henderson

    It was fantastic,it was worth every cent to go. My wife & I came from TEXAS where we hope this comes here as well,I know New York is the BIG APPLE,but we have some great venues here also. It was a once in a lifetime show. The music was at the center not the sound or special effects. If you want that watch it on your own TV in surround sound. Kudos to RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL & Howard Shore and 21 Century Orchestra and all performers.

    • cindyinaustin

      I am from Texas too and I couldn’t make it. I am sooooo upset that I missed this. For one, I never got to see FOTR on the big screen and two, I listen to the soundtrack to these films constantly. I did get to see the LOTR exhibit and LOTR sympony concert in Houston in 2005, so at least there is that. Maybe we will see you there for ROTK. I WILL NOT miss that one, for sure.

  • sarah

    I went and was 13 rows from the front and it was fantastic!! It was worth the brutal drive through the lincoln tunnel traffic. Any fan of the film or music should treat themselves :) Hearing the music like that is an unbeatable experience.

  • Sandy

    viewing 5 of Fellowship of the Ring…that’s when it finally got to me…Last Saturday was viewing #30 on the big screen and with that crowd in that place with the live orchestration…It may replace my previous choice. Fellowship of the Ring is pure cinematic magic…

  • Mike

    I caught this last night and it was a whole lot of fun (and not just because a wee pal o’ mine happened to be in the chorus). You owe it to yourself to check out this delightful show when it comes to your shire. Seeing the elvish-eared folks on the subway afterward only added to the fun.

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