From: Altariel

Wellingtonians are being invited to share in some of the expected oscar night succes for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

Embassy Theatre Trust chairman Bill Sheat said the trust had negotiated an arrangement with Sky TV to show the Academy Award presentations live to 800 viewers at the Embassy Theatre on March 25.

“What we are experiencing and sharing in Wellington are cinematic achievements that are truly extraordinary,” he said. “Even three or four years ago no one could have expected a New Zealand-produced movie with 13 Academy Award nominations.”

The event would be a follow-up to the succesful Australasian premiere at the Embassy in December.

It would be an opportunity for the wider Wellington film industry to bask in international success already bestowed on Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Richard Tayler and others, Mr Sheat said.

Guests would include individuals and sponsors who had given financial support to the Embassy Theatre refurbishment, he said, and a limited number of tickets would be on sale when bookings opened.
More financial backing was needed to continue the work , which included earthquake-proofing of the building now officially listed by the Historic Places Trust, Mr Sheat said.

The showing would begin about noon and end late in the afternoon. Food and drink would be available.