Before the king ascended to his rightful place at the top of the box office this weekend, the cast and crew of Kong: Skull Island gathered at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles for the film’s premiere.

The raucous event featured a life-size King Kong, fans clad in “LA Loves Kong" t-shirts and at least one person in a gorilla mask. Scroll through the photos of the fun below.  

And if you weren’t able to catch Kong this weekend, buy your tickets here

Photos by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Warner Bros./AP Images