I love overtures to movies, especially ones for big, epic movies which I believe were the most frequent to get an overture before the movie began. I'm not talking about the theater playing the soundtrack to the movie while the lights are still up and everybody is still getting settled in. That's frequently done but it's not the same thing. True overtures are not used any more or at least not that I know of. It's like a lost art, making the audience sit in darkness while they're treated to a piece of music from the movie they're about to watch. It's the musical equivalent of "shut up, pay attention, prepare to be transported to the world this movie will show you". It prepares the audience for what they're about to see by giving them a taste with their ears. The last movie I know of that had an overture was 1979's Star Trek: The Motion Picture and it's a very nice overture by Jerry Goldsmith. The eloquent music transports you(no pun intended) to the world of Star Trek. Right now before a movie starts we get commercials(a lot of commercials in the UK- eegads!), trailers, warnings about not smoking and talking, a short snippet heralding the theater's sound system(whether it's THX, SDDS,etc.) and then the main movie usually starts. But what about a decent overature? I think the LOTR movies should have had an overture. They're huge, epic movies definitely worthy of an overture. I also think Star Wars: The Phantom Menace should have had an overture since it is the beginning of the saga. It would have been wonderful and appropriate to sit there and listen to Anakin's Theme in total darkness and then have the traditional 20th Century Fox fanfare and logo begin after it. Sometimes when I watch Phantom Menace I do that by putting in the soundtrack CD and playing Anakin's Theme before I watch the movie. It seems more fitting, like more of an overall experience. Do you think some filmmaker in the future will bring this lost tradition back, insisting that an overture be played before the main feature? Do you even care? Maybe you don't like overtures or they don't matter to you. Or perhaps there are hardly any movies these days worthy of having an overture played before the movie begins. I can believe that. White Chicks probably doesn't warrant an overture. Maybe the Spider-Man franchise but they're too pop-orientated. But occasionally, such as the case of LOTR, Star Wars, period pieces like Troy or King Arthur, they could put in an overture. Or has the audience no time or patience for such a thing any more? I think it would be a shame if we've seen or rather heard the last of the overture.