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12/17/03 - Tyler

"Lord of the Rings" Release

Hundreds of fans spent all afternoon and evening at Hollywood Theaters waiting to see "The Lord of the Rings" on opening day. Two of today's 10 showings were bought out for a specific purpose. Crutcher and Hartley of Pillsbury GMAC Real Estate gave away tickets to the 5 p.m. showing, as part of customer appreciation. The company invited the Four Winds Renaissance Faire of Whitehouse to bring the movi

"We're all big fans of J.R.R. Tolkien from way back, and in fact, we're just getting on to our third generation of "Lord of the Ring" enthusiasts," Dustin Stephens, owner/director of the per

Another, much larger group of performers, bought out the 8 p.m. showing. Most of these children and teenagers are home-schooled and are now trained in sword fighting. The teenagers organizing tonight's activities are charging $1 extra for each movie ticket and giving proceeds to charity.

"We decided that we'd love to turn this city's fanaticism about "Lord of the Rings" into an opportunity to raise money for cystic fibrosis," organizer Heath Clayton, said. "And then we decided to start raising money for the Literacy Council of Tyler because the books

"The Return of the King" is the last installment of a trilogy based on the first book by J.R.R. Tolkien. Elf warriors are pitted against enemies in a quest to ultimately cast the One Ring into the fires of Mount Doom. Critics and moviegoers alike are already praising

"I'm still really into the fight scenes and the CG graphics, and I thought how the story portrays the characters, I thought it was really neat," Clare Enas, dressed as an

Experts predict "The Return of the King" will set box office records.

Julie Tam, reporting.

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