NewsWire: ‘Rings’ buzz starts months before December release – LA Daily News

by Jan 13, 2001Lord of the Rings (Movies)

S’mores… just like Mom used to make!
Here’s an article from the LA Daily News about us crazy people who waited in line for the Lord of the Rings trailer…

‘Rings’ buzz starts months before December release

By Jennifer Hamm

LA Daily News – January 13, 2001

BURBANK — After driving 215 miles from the Yosemite Valley, David Schulze stood 12 hours in the pouring rain outside the AMC Theaters before rushing inside Friday to grab a prime seat — not for the premiere of a star-studded epic movie, but the one-minute, 46-second preview for one.

He and about 20 other hard-core fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” withstood rain and bone-chilling cold in order to see the trailer for the movie version of the classic fantasy trilogy, scheduled for release Dec. 19.

“Waiting overnight was nothing,” said Schulze, a 45-year-old construction worker who first entered Tolkien’s world of hobbits and wizards as a teen-ager. “I’ve been waiting since 1973.”

Schulze and the other fans gathered in front of the AMC theaters on Palm Avenue well before midnight Thursday. They erected a makeshift tent to keep dry, then roasted marshmallows and posted live updates of their escapade on the Internet.

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