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‘E.T.’ hits theaters for 30th anniversary

Denton’s Cinemark 14 will join select cinemas around the country in screening “TCM Presents E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 30th Anniversary Event” on Wednesday.

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, directed by Steven Spielberg, originally opened in theaters in 1982. The film garnered four Academy Awards and is listed as the fourth most successful all-time movie in the domestic box office.

E.T. is the story of Elliot (Henry Thomas), a young boy who meets and forges a relationship with a lost alien. With the help of his siblings, Elliot attempts to help the alien find his way home.

Universal Pictures has partnered with NCM Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies to bring a new digitally remastered version of the film to theaters around the country. Denton’s Cinemark 14 will offer a 2 p.m. matinee screening and a 7 p.m. show.

The screening will include a taped introduction by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz, special footage on how Spielberg came up with the film, and a discussion by Drew Barrymore, who played Gertie in the film, about what E.T. means to her 30 years later.

Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online at www.fathomevents.com. Cinemark 14 is located at 2825 Wind River Lane in Denton.

— Britney Tabor