While flicking through channels these days – this part week in particular – you could be forgiven for thinking the world is falling apart. Reality is starting to get a little too real and while that is usually the exact moment we should start being the change we want to see in the world, we could all use a little distraction.

As such, Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace announced it’s yearly pilgrimage that is the Lord Of The Rings (Extended Version) All Day Marathon in the nick of time. There’s no tricky here, by both name and nature, the All-Day Marathon sees all three Lord Of The Rings titles, The Fellowship Of The Ring, The Two Towers and Return of The King – the extended versions no less – played in sequence.

The screenings are broken up with two 20-minute meal breaks which is ample time to check back in to reality and reaffirm your decision to hide from it for several hours.

The films run for 3 hours and 48 minutes, 3 hours and 55 minutes and 3 hours and 20 minutes respectively so for close to 12 hours, you will be completely immersed in the blissful world of other people’s problems. The screening will be kicking off at 10:30am sharp on Saturday, 24th November so it’s probably a good idea to mark this date in your calendar as a complete write off or, if you will, a well-earned self-care day.

Once a year The Orpheum opens its doors to die-hard fans of the trilogy making it somewhat of a Mecca for those who concern themselves with which things. The yearly event is testament to the significance of the films which collectively has claimed 17 academy awards. In fact, Return Of The King is rivalled only by Ben-Hur and Titanic for academy award nominations.

You can book your seats now and while there’s no expressed requirement to rock up dressed as your favourite character, there certainly is no expressed requirement not to.

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