Lord of the Rings Returning to Theatres!

Peter Jackson will be prefacing a nationwide theatrical release of the Extended Edition of the Lord of the Rings films. Fathom Events, who put together one night events across the country, set this up.

Jackson’s introductions will be filmed on the set of The Hobbit, which leads me to believe that we’ll be getting a sneak peak at the new films as well.

From their press release:

Return to Middle-earth as the most magical epic adventure in motion picture history comes to the big screen this June for a three-night theatrical event series. NCM Fathom and Warner Home Video are bringing all three The Lord of the Rings Extended Edition films to movie theaters nationwide so that you an experience them the way they were meant to be seen – on the big screen!

The events will begin with a new and personal introduction for each film from The Lord of the Rings™ director Peter Jackson captured from the set of his current film, and The Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit, and will be immediately followed by the Extended Edition feature presentations which altogether include nearly three hours of additional feature footage carefully selected by Peter Jackson.

The Academy Award®-winning trilogy will be featured in an exclusive series of three in-theater events including The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring™ on June 14, 2011; The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers™ on June 21, 2011; and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King™ on June 28, 2011. Each event will begin at 7:00 p.m. local time.

It’s pretty soon, but I’d really love to check these out. They’re Tuesday nights so I might not be able to go personally, but I’d love to see them on the big screen again. It would have been much nicer to see them in at least week long engagements.

You can buy tickets and find participating theatres here.