LORD OF THE RINGS (1978)

  • Ticket Price: $16
  • Rating: PG
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Director: Ralph Bakshi
  • Starring: Christopher Guard, William Squire, Michael Scholes, John Hurt, Simon Chandler, Dominic Guard, Michael Graham Cox, Anthony Daniels, David Buck
  • Format: Digital
  • Year: 1978
  • Language: English
  • Age Policy: 18 and Up
  • Note: Midnite weekend screenings happen on Friday & Saturday nights (meaning arrive on Friday and/or Saturday night by 11:45pm for seating, the movie starts after midnite)!

Metal meets mithril in this Live Sound Cinema presentation of Ralph Bakshi’s THE LORD OF THE RINGS with live score by Black Lodge!

Twenty years before a certain fuzzy Kiwi claimed Middle Earth for his own, an animation genius from Brooklyn, Ralph Bakshi, was first to bring Tolkien’s fantasy epic to life. To create his Middle Earth, Bakshi used an animation technique called Rotoscoping, which combines live action and illustration. The result is something like a panel van painting sprung to life, a bizarrely fluid fantasy realm made up of impossible landscapes, saturated color and grotesque creatures. The story’s condensed and incomplete, only making about 2/3rds of the way through the books before petering to an end, but Bakshi’s work remains a marvel and was a huge influence on Peter Jackson when the time came to finish the trip to Mordor.

For this Live Sound Cinema presentation of The Lord of the Rings, we’ve invited drone-y metal outfit, and Nitehawk favorite, Black Lodge (a collective of musicians led by guitarist/composer Geoff Gersh, who re-score films then perform live to them) to accompany the film, giving the film the Valhalla twist that the fantasy epic deserves.