(credit: Mark Pokorny/Warner Bros. Pictures)

(credit: Mark Pokorny/Warner Bros. Pictures)

The trio of Peter Jackson’s “Lord of Rings” movies, based on the books by J. R.R. Tolkien were huge hits from 2001 to 2003. On Dec. 14, discover how the stories all began with Jacksons next, the prequels starting with “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” This calls for a celebration, so geek it out in style with the best ways to bring Middle-earth to Seattle.
Seattle Cinerama
2100 4th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 448-6680

Price: $15 adults/$13 children, military and seniors
Hours: Dec. 14 – 12:01 a.m.

Experience “The Hobbit” just after midnight Dec. 14 at the newly re-modeled Cinerama. With its 70-foot screen, state-of-the-art, digital projection and excellent sound, it is the place to enjoy the late night premiere. In addition to the theater’s comfy seats and pleasant surroundings, the Cinerama now features upper-crust concessions including Chocolate by Theo, Cupcake Royal, Miro Tea, Caffee Vita and its own special blend of chocolate popcorn so good visitors stop by just to get the popcorn without watching a movie.

Science with a Twist, Pacific Science Center
200 2nd Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 443-2001

Price: $25 general/$20 for PSC members
Hours: Dec. 14 – 7:30 p.m.

The popular series for those ages 21 and older, Science with a Twist returns at the Pacific Science Center with its own showing of the Hobbit flick. The fun begins in the Hobbit Hole (aka the Lower Boeing IMAX Theater Lobby). There you may partake in a glass of wine, enjoy light snacks, take a picture in the Hobbit-inspired photo booth and peruse the popular “Adventures in 3Dimension” exhibit. Then, at 10:45 p.m., settle in one of the largest movie theaters in the Pacific Northwest to enjoy Middle-earth in a way you never expected.

Ravenna Third Place Books
6504 20th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 525-2347

You might want to brush up on your Tolkien before you see “The Hobbit.” If that is the case, then make a stop at Third Place Books in the Ravenna neighborhood. If you are book lover, you’ll fit right in, and Tolkien lovers (or would-be lovers) have a special place here. The large store is also a very comfortable place to linger and look at new and used books including some from J.R.R. Tolkien himself.

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Regal 16, Barkley Village
3005 Cinema Place
Bellingham, WA 98226
(865) 925-9946

Hours: Dec. 14 – 12 a.m. to 3:30 a.m.

For those who are truly hooked on the works of Tolkien, consider joining the online community of The One Ring. Here, you’ll find news and activities with other “ringers.” For the premiere, one group is hosting the “An Unexpected Line Party” at the Regal 16 at Barkley Village up north in Bellingham. This crazy party starts the movie’s premiere at midnight sharp. To attend, sign up by visiting the group’s website.

Regal Bella Botega Stadium 11
8890 161st Ave. NE
Redmond, WA  98052
(425) 861-6880

Hours: Dec. 13 – 6 p.m.

For those living nearer to Seattle, you are invited to an “Unexpected Line Party” in Redmond, which is also sponsored by The One Ring. Line parties are basically a good excuse to meet up with other like-minded people and experience the first of three new movies. To attend, sign up by visiting the group’s website, and plan to camp out outside of the theater for a few hours before the big event.

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Jeffrey Totey is a freelance writer living in Seattle. He has a love for the arts and is a student of pop culture. He covers stories about the performing arts, theater, museums, cultural events, movies and more in the greater Seattle area. His work can be found at Examiner.com.