Despite disagreements over the truth of this rumor, here it is straight from the horse’s mouth: New Line Cinema will run back-to-back Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King viewings on December 16.

The first two films will be show in the week leading up to the The Return of the King‘s release, it’s true. But the entire trilogy will also be shown together on one night as stated here on the films’ official website:

“…on Tuesday, December 16, participating theaters will show a one-time-only marathon of both Extended Edition prints followed by an 11pm screening of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. “

More details are on the films’ official site here.

Could I sit through ten hours of film? I think so. My wife definitely thinks I can, but that’s extrapolated from a “discussion” we had the other day about my, um, “ability” to concentrate on information in video form…