“You don’t need to be a fan of the Lord of the Rings, but you do need to appreciate the beauty and grandeur of it all.
You can’t just see it as a fantasy, you need to see it through the eyes of the author.”
—John Schoeneman, author of the book The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which includes the Lord Of The Rings trilogy and The Hobbit novelization The Hobbit, is in talks to do a renovation of the iconic theater.
Schoeneman and a group of artists are working with the city of Seattle to re-create the old “Pork Bar” theater.
In a press release, the group says it hopes to “add to the iconic experience of the ‘Hobbit’ series.”
They’re working with a team of local artists, including Mark A. McElhaney, who designed the famous theater in the early 1980s.
They’ll be painting the walls and ceiling of the original theater.
They’re also planning to reroute traffic lanes and install a new security system.
They hope to begin building the new “Hobbits” theater this spring.
The project is not related to the upcoming film The Hobbit movie.
A spokesperson for the city said they “do not yet have a timeline” for when the project would be completed.