Experience ‘E.T.' on the big screen for one day only

Ever feel like going to the movies, but there isn't a film in theaters that you care to see?

That won't be the case Oct. 3, when "E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial" returns to three East Valley movie screens in celebration of its 30th anniversary.

Of course, I've already seen the landmark Steven Spielberg film about an alien accidentally left behind on Earth and befriended by three siblings. But not since I was about 8 years old.

And, yes, someone in the family has it on DVD, so I could just watch it at home.

But I saw another old film — "Singin' In The Rain" — on the big screen over the summer, and watching it in giant format, with a crowd of people laughing and reacting to the story along with me, beat a re-run in my living room. It made the movie feel new to me again.

"E.T." — a quintessential film of so many childhoods — ought to be even better, especially since we can share it with our own youngsters for their very first time just as many of us saw it, at the movies.

The movie will be preceded by an introduction from Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz and actress Drew Barrymore, who plays "Gertie." It will delve into the making of the movie, where Spielberg came up with the idea, and what "E.T." means to Barrymore 30 years later.

DETAILS: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at AMC Mesa Grande 24, 1645 S. Stapley Drive, Mesa, (480) 503-1680; Cinemark 16, 1051 N. Dobson Road, Mesa, (480) 733-2843; and AMC Ahwatukee 24, 4915 E. Ray Road, Phoenix, (480) 705-4884. $10.50-$12.50. FathomEvents.com.

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