For the First Time This Generation, "E.T." Returns to Theaters Nationwide

For the First Time This Generation, ‘E.T.’ Returns to Theaters Nationwide

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For the first time this generation, E.T. returns to theaters nationwide.

I loved seeing E.T as a kid. Spielberg really knew how to capture the feeling of growing up in the 1980s. Recently my husband, who is a lifelong D&D player, discussed how at the start of the movie, Elliot is playing with his brother and friends. Some how seeing it up on the big screen made his young geeky heart happy.

Seeing it again years later as an adult, especially a parent, the movie seemed to take on an even deeper meaning. Understanding a bit more about the role Elliot’s mother played in his world and how a reminder of how powerless it feels when you are young and life seems to never be in your control. How imaginary and alien friends help heal a lonely heart and how we all just want to belong.

A story that deserves it’s own ride at Universal Studios and a place among the all time cinema classics.

Turn on your heart light, make the trip ‘home’ and see it on the big screen again.

For the First Time This Generation, "E.T." Returns to Theaters Nationwide
E.T. takes flight once again on the big screen. Photo: Fatham Events

Here are the official details:

Celebrating the 35th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s iconic fantasy adventure, TCM Big Screen Classics Series brings E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial back to movie theaters nationwide for two days only: September 17 and 20th.

Tickets for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial can be purchased online by visiting Fathom Events or at participating theater box offices.

Thirty-five years ago, a little lost alien, three million light years from home, wandered into the life of a lonely young boy … and into the hearts of moviegoers around the world. For two days only – Sunday, September 17, and Wednesday, September 20 – moviegoers across the country will have a chance to experience the unforgettable magic of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and his adventure on Earth once again.

Originally released June 11, 1982, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial features indelible performances by Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, Dee Wallace and Robert MacNaughton, and a screenplay by Melissa Mathison.

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5 thoughts on “For the First Time This Generation, ‘E.T.’ Returns to Theaters Nationwide

  1. I watched this last year for the first time as a parent (in fact, for the first time since VHS). It’s amazing how much the context of this movie changes. If you’ve become a parent since last watching this film, I encourage you to see it again.

    Do it if for no other reason than “the insult” at the dinner table causing Elliot’s mom to simultaneously scold him AND withhold her laughter. As a child I never understood why she did that, but now I’ve been in that same position with my child.

    1. There’s also the priceless moment when the whole audience gasps at the mother leaving 5-year-old Gertie at home alone when she goes to pick up Elliot.

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