‘New Moon’ about to rise, and the Peninsula is getting ready for the next ‘Twilight’

It will be twilight all weekend Nov. 20 and 21 for the release of “The Twilight Saga: New Moon.”

The movie — which is the second in the “Twilight” saga — will take center stage with showings at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 20 at both The Rose Theatre in Port Townsend and the Lincoln Theater in Port Angeles.

The Lincoln Theater will have a special double feature with “Twilight” — which was released Nov. 21, 2008 — showing first and then the midnight showing of “New Moon,” said Theresa Lassila, manager of Sun Basin Theatres, which owns both theaters in Port Angeles at Deer Park and on Lincoln Street.

“People who want to go to the double feature will have to buy two separate tickets,” Lassila said.

“If they get a ticket for ‘Twilight,’ they can buy a ticket for the midnight show at the same time.”

Advance tickets will not be available for the Lincoln Theatre showing, and tickets will go on sale at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 19.

The movie will run at least two weeks in Port Angeles, Lassila said.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if it were there through Christmas,” she said.

“It depends on the business that it does.”

Last year’s opening of “Twilight” prompted fans to begin lining up at 5 a.m. the morning the movie opened.

The Rose Theatre will also hold a midnight showing, with tickets available in advance at the theater or online beginning Monday, Nov. 16.

Peninsula is ‘Twilight Central’

Port Angeles will be the center of all the “Twilight” action for the week.

The books and movies tell of the romance and adventures of human Bella Swan, her vampire suitor Edward Cullen and her best friend and Edward’s romantic rival Jacob Black.

Most of the four-book saga is set in Forks, but Port Angeles makes a few major cameos when Bella goes to several movies and shopping with friends. She and Edward also have their first date at Bella Italia (called La Bella Italia in the books and unnamed in the movies.)

“The North Olympic Peninsula is Twilight Central for ‘New Moon’ release weekend,” said Diane Schostak, executive director of the Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau.

“There will be a totally Twilight party atmosphere with bands and things going on.”

Detailed information on events is available at www.twilightontheolympicpeninsula.com.

“As more specials come in, we are adding them to the Web site,” she said.

“They are coming in every day, with packages and deals for the ‘New Moon’ weekend.”

Events so far range from having a serving of food from Bella Italia, to a “Find Victoria Scavenger Hunt,” to storytelling and a Gothic Ball.

Bella Italia will serve up Bella’s menu item of choice, mushroom ravioli, at The Gateway starting at noon on Nov. 20 and 21. Edward, of course, did not eat anything, as vampires are incapable of digesting food in author Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight books.

A Quileute storyteller will tell legends at 2 p.m. on Nov. 20 and the Gothic Ball will be Nov. 21 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Elks Naval Lodge.

The weekend preceding the movie release will feature a Twilight-inspired Vampire Walk in Forks on Saturday.

Most of the events for the weekend surrounding the movie are in Port Angeles because it features not only the closest movie theater but also the theater Bella would have gone to.

“This is the theater where if Bella were real, that is where she would have watched a movie with Jacob Black and Mike Newton (a human suitor of Bella’s),” Schostak said.

“That’s why the tie-in is there.

“The fans know that.

“[Because of that] to have it in the downtown is pretty essential.”

Fans from out of town will inevitably flock to Forks to view the sites of the fictional story throughout the weekend.

Self-guided and van tours will continue to run, and a host of special packages are planned by most of the hotels, resorts and stores in Forks, Schostak said.

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Reporter Paige Dickerson can be reached at 360-417-3535 or at paige.dickerson@peninsuladailynews.com.

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