Watched Lord of the Rings with a sold out, enthralled, well-behaved crowd last night. I thouroughly enjoyed it as well, but this is not a review of the film itself (which I'm sure would be moved by the moderator). When the film came to an end with the fade to black and the credits began to roll there was tremendous applause. The crowd from what I could tell dearly loved it. However, after about 10 seconds of clapping, all at once about 90% of the audience (noisily) jumped up out of their seats and the houselights went up full blast. Now, with it being a sold out show, obviously there was a line to get out of the theater. So here you have over 200 people basically standing in front of their seats while the rest of us are trying to enjoy the closing credits. I don't usually clap at the end of films no matter how great they are. Applause is meant for the entertainer/performer in my opinion. With a movie, unless one of the filmmakers is present in the audience, there is no one to applaude for. What I don't get is why the crowd, if trully enjoying the film as they did, did not not want to bother with viewing the closing credits, to find out who they were cheering for. Basically, they're applauding for themselves. Did they all have to use the bathroom at once? If there wasn't such a mad rush to the exit, theaters might be more inclined to leave the houselights down till the end of the credits. I view the closing credits as somewhat of a closure. I don't read every single job description, but I like the satisfied feeling of seeing all who were in involved with such a well made production. Any others have similar opinions?