The Lord of the Rings Film Trilogy by Peter Jackson

The Lord of the Rings film trilogy is composed of three epic films, and the Christ and Tolkien Conference is pleased to offer the opportunity to view these films (theatrical release length) at the historic Pickwick Theatre and Movie Palace in Park Ridge, Illinois

The Pickwick “Megatheatre” experience offers a screen that is three times the size of a standard movie theater screen, with state-of-the art surround sound and laser projection for the sharpest image with brighter colors.

Thursday, Oct. 1:
The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Friday, Oct. 2:
The Two Towers (2002)

Saturday, Oct. 3:
The Return of the King (2003)

The theatre is about 25 minutes away from the conference venue and will be accessible via a complimentary shuttle from the conference.

Showtimes and ticket release date are TBA. Tickets for the films will be available from the theatre directly at a discounted conference rate.

About the Pickwick Theatre

The Pickwick Theatre is an art deco movie palace located in Park Ridge, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.

Designed by Roscoe Harold Zook, William F. McCaughey, and Alfonso Iannelli, the Pickwick opened in 1928 as a vaudeville stage and movie theatre. It is widely recognized for its marquee and 100-foot tower, which appeared in the opening credits of Siskel & Ebert & the Movies.

The main auditorium, built to resemble an Aztec or Mayan temple, originally seated up to 1,400 people. Seating capacity in the main auditorium was reduced by 200 seats in 1968 and an additional 400 seats in 2012 as the result of renovations. The 2012 renovation project, valued at $1.2 million, also included a new roof, mechanical improvements and exterior renovations including those to the original marquee.

The theatre was named in 1928 by the mayor of Park Ridge, William H. Malone I, for the title character Samuel Pickwick in Charles Dickens’s novel The Pickwick Papers.

The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 and continues to host films as well as live stage shows. In 1990, theatre management expanded the Pickwick by adding three new screens behind the original auditorium. In 2017, owner Dino Vlahakis added a 39-seat theatre located on the second floor of the rear building, in place of the theatre’s offices. In celebration of the 2018 Illinois Bicentennial, the Pickwick Theatre was selected as one of the Illinois 200 Great Places by the American Institute of Architects Illinois component (AIA Illinois).