The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King extended edition to re-release in theatres to mark its 20th anniversary

Fathom Events and Warner Bros are joining hands to re-release the extended edition of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, back to theatres in celebration of its 20th anniversary. The third part in the Jackson’s trilogy based on JRR Tolkien’s iconic book of the same name will return to US screens on Thursday, April 13 and Wednesday, April 19 at 7 pm local time, hitting Canadian theatres at 7 pm local on Thursday, April 20. Tickets for 20th anniversary screenings can be bought at Fathom Events at participating theater box offices, a list of which is provided on Fathom’s website.

The screenings will start off with a special introduction from franchise star Elijah Wood, who played Frodo Baggins in the trilogy. He will discuss the lasting impact of the universe created by JRR Tolkien in his epic ‘50s fantasy novel, highlighting the Middle Earth and beloved characters who have inspired several generations. The Lord of the Rings or LOTR fans will also get to see exclusive coverage of a new Lord of the Rings tabletop game, as a celebrity panel embarks on their own adventure into Middle-Earth to raise support for the Extra Life For Kids fundraising program, in conjunction with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is the final film in the iconic film series directed by Peter Jackson that sees armies march on for a final battle against Sauron, the lord of the rings, that will decide the fate of the world. While Aragorn played by Viggo Mortensen is revealed to be the rightful heir to the throne of the Kings and leads the armies to battle against Sauron, all hopes are pinned on a brave hobbit, Frodo (Elijah Wood), who accompanied only by his loyal friend Samwise Gamgee (Sean Astin) and the treacherous and pitiful creature Gollum (played by Andy Serkis) must venture into the very dark heart of Mordor on his seemingly impossible quest to destroy the one Ring of Power forged in Mount Doom.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is one of the highest-grossing films of all time and garnered over $1.1 billion upon its December 2003 release. It went on to win 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Director, tying with James Cameron’s Titanic and Ben-Hur for the most Oscars won by a single film. The film stars Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Andy Serkis, John Rhys-Davies, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee, Miranda Otto, Karl Urban, Ian Hom, Bernard Hill, David Wenham, Sean Bean and others.

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