The members of Metallica will make select personal appearances at theaters around the country starting this Thursday (September 26th) to celebrate the release of their new 3D IMAX movie, Metallica Through The Never. The film officially opens on Friday (September 27th) for an exclusive week-long run on IMAX screens before expanding to other theaters on October 4th.

It might be good to have members of the group on hand to explain the surreal narrative that winds its way through the concert footage, in which a roadie played by Dane DeHaan finds himself in an increasingly hostile urban environment while on a mission for the band. Bassist Robert Trujillo told us what he thinks it all means: ["My take on it is there's two worlds. When you're in a concert venue with Metallica, it could seem like the most perfect environment. But beyond those walls of the venue, you have mayhem and it could be anything. It could be anarchy. There are problems beyond those walls that exist with what's happening in that bubble of, you know, this perfect world of music and metal."] SOUNDCUE (:20 OC: . . . music and metal.)

Here are the listings for the band members' personal appearances:

Thursday, September 26:

James Hetfield:
San Francisco, CA: Exact theater to be determined, 10:00 p.m.
San Francisco, CA: AMC Emeryville, 12:15 a.m. (technically September 27)

Lars Ulrich:
Los Angeles, California: Chinese Theater, 10 p.m. screening
Los Angeles, California: Exact theater to be determined 12:01 a.m. (technically September 27)

Kirk Hammett:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin: AMC Mayfair (Wauwatosa), 10:00 p.m.
Chicago, Illinois: AMC Woodfield (Schaumburg), 12:15 a.m. (technically September 27)

Robert Trujillo:
New Brunswick, New Jersey: AMC New Brunswick 18, 10:00 p.m.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: AMC Franklin Mills, 12:01 a.m. (technically September 27)

Friday, September 27:

Lars Ulrich:
Riverside, California: AMC Tyler Galleria, 4:30 p.m.
Norwalk, California: AMC Norwalk, 7:35 p.m.

Kirk Hammett:
Houston, Texas: AMC Gulf Point, 4:40 p.m.
Dallas, Texas: AMC Northpark, 10:00 p.m.

Robert Trujillo:
Washington, DC: Regal Majestic 20 (Silver Springs), 7:30 p.m.
Boston, Massachusetts: AMC Boston Commons 19, 12:10 a.m. (technically September 28)