I might insert here "opening day" is now a very broad term as 2 days prior there was a "Hobbit Marathon" wherein someone could sit and watch the first 2 Hobbits and then the 3rd one. Then the day before they had a pre-viewing or perhaps it was the "vigil". I went that evening with Aragorn and Samwise... the " I don't-want-to-dress-up" group.
Galadriel made most of the costumes.
Woops! Forgot to mention that we loved Hobbit 3. Yeah... we know how to separate books from movies and can enjoy a movie. When it was all over, I was sad that I wouldn't see my Middle Earth friends any more... other than at home on the screen! :D