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Lost fanatics find new friends at party to mark end of TV hit

Fans of the hit TV series Lost are planning to mark the series finale by hosting parties.

When the show's creators announced the series finale would air in the US on May 23, fan Cliff Ravenscraft knew he needed to plan something huge -- so he reserved the entire restaurant at the Hilton Cincinnati Airport hotel in Florence, Kentucky.

"You don't want to watch something as big as this by yourself," said Ravenscraft. "My wife and I are die-hard Lost fans. There is no doubt in my mind that on that evening, we're going to need some Kleenex on hand. She has already shed tears over this."

Jay Glatfelter is planning something even bigger. He rented out the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.

"I don't know what to expect," he said. "If nobody likes the finale, there may be a riot. It's downtown Los Angeles after all."

No matter where Lost fans plan to watch the finale, the entire conclusion will require a colossal time commitment.

Preceding the two-and-a-half-hour finale is a two-hour retrospective special looking back at the past six seasons.

Stars of the series stepped out in Los Angeles last night for a celebration to mark the upcoming end to the show, which first aired in 2004.