Seejames511 writes: Last year I had the pleasure of getting to watch TTT five days before national release by attending an alumni benefit Mr. Barrie Osborne (’66) held for his alma mater, Carleton College.

I will be attending this year to view ROTK as well, but when I got the official notice, I was SHOCKED to see that it is almost a full TWO WEEKS early! Unless I am wrong, that makes this showing the U.S. PREMIER!!! Last year there were no other cast or crew members brought along as surprise guests, but he did mention that PJ had wanted to attend. He was unable to attend because he was “busy getting ROTK finished”…so maybe, he doesn’t have the same excuse this year?!?!

The great part of this benefit is that it is open to anyone willing to pay the price. Last year’s event was truly a “fan” experience, so I will report back with pictures and notes on all of the happenings that night. Also note the “day after” brunch and discussion on Dec. 5th! Living in Minnesota and putting up with winter just officially became worth it. Here is the official announcement:

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – A Benefit for Carleton College

Thursday, December 4, 2003

Please join us for the grand finale of the Lord of the Rings trilogy! Barrie Osborne ’66, producer of the highly acclaimed films, will once again host a benefit pre-screening for Carleton College, two weeks before the film opens nationally. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King will be shown at three theaters in the Block E – Crown Theatre complex in downtown Minneapolis.

The event will be held on Thursday, December 4, with screenings at 6:00 p.m., 6:15 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. Proceeds from each ticket will benefit Carleton College, the Carleton Film Colloquium, and the Annual Fund.

$200 tickets include a pre-screening reception, reserved seats at the screening, a movie poster signed by Barrie Osborne, reception after the screening at Borders Books in Block E, and a $150 tax-deductible contribution to Carleton.

$75 tickets include the screening, reception afterward at Borders Books in Block E, and $45 tax-deductible contribution to Carleton.

Final details will be posted here as soon as possible. We expect this event will sell out quickly. Tickets can be ordered now from the Alumni Affairs Office (800-729-2586 or Please use LOTR III in the subject line. We recommend that you do not send credit card information by email.

Tickets will not be mailed, but will be available for pickup at the theatres. You will receive either a confirmation by mail with details, or a notification that you have been placed on a waiting list for tickets. Tickets are non-refundable unless we are able to fill the space with someone from the waiting list.

We hope you’ll join us for this celebratory event!

In addition, there will be a brunch and discussion on Friday, December 5 with Barrie Osborne, organized in conjunction with the Minnesota Film Board. Cost per person is $35. Order tickets using the same procedure described above.