'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' Returns to Theaters October 3rd!

Fans will get to enjoy Steven Spielberg's 1982 classic on the big screen before the Blu-ray debuts October 9.
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial returns to theaters for one night only October 3
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial returns to theaters for one night only October 3
This fall, movie theater audiences nationwide will "phone home" once again as Steven Spielberg's beloved film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial returns to the big screen in honor of its 30th Anniversary. "TCM Presents E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 30th Anniversary Event" will take place Wednesday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m. local time, with special matinee screenings in select theaters at 2:00 p.m. local time. Presented by NCM Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and Universal Pictures as part of the studio's 100th Anniversary celebration, the event features the all-new, digitally remastered feature film, as well as a special taped introduction by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz, who will take audiences through the making of this modern classic. Fans will discover how Spielberg came up with the idea for E.T. and learn what working on the film was like for the film's three young stars. As an added treat, Drew Barrymore, who plays Gertie in the film and who currently co-hosts TCM's The Essentials showcase, shares what the film means to her 30 years later.

Tickets for "TCM Presents E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 30th Anniversary Event" are available now at participating theater box offices and online at FathomEvents.com. The event will be presented using new digital cinema projection systems in more than 560 select movie theaters around the country. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial stars Henry Thomas as Elliott, an imaginative boy who meets a lost alien and forges of one of cinema's most endearing friendships. With help from his older brother, Michael (Robert MacNaughton), and little sister, Gertie (Barrymore), Elliott sets out to help the visitor find his way back home before government agents can capture him. Dee Wallace and Peter Coyote co-star.

Released in 1982, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial became the biggest blockbuster of the year, ranking No. 1 over 16 different weekends. Today, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial remains the fourth most successful movie of all time in the domestic box office (adjusted for ticket inflation). Nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Writing and Best Screenplay, the film took home four Oscars for Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Sound and Best Music for John Williams' now-iconic score.

"Thirty years ago, Steven Spielberg introduced the world to E.T. - the alien who stole our hearts with a timeless and endearing story about friendship and courage," said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president of NCM Fathom Events. "Together with TCM and Universal Pictures, Fathom Events invites audiences - young and old - to experience the magic of 'E.T.' once again in movie theaters."

Universal Studios Home Entertainment will celebrate the 30th anniversary of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial with the film's Blu-ray release on Tuesday, October 9. Featuring an all-new, digitally remastered picture, as well as all-new 7.1 surround sound, the E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack includes the 1982 theatrical movie, an all-new interview with Spielberg, and "The E.T. Journals," featuring never-before-seen footage from the set of the film.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was released June 11th, 1982 and stars Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace, Robert MacNaughton, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, K.C. Martel, Sean Frye, C. Thomas Howell. The film is directed by Steven Spielberg.

Sources: Fathom Events, Universal Studios Home Entertainment

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Comments (94)


    @bawnian-dexeus Haha I guess it's a good thing I'm good friends with all 3 of them then huh? ;)

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  2. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @mcleve02 Well, he, ejk1 and diaigma are the only ones I know who do it with elegance and retain their cool.

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  3. Nicholaus XX

    @bawnian-dexeus -- Oh, of course. It still looks like a bad movie to me, but maybe the material needs to be seen on a grand scale, rather than in pieces. Like "Kill Bill: Volume 1", for examples. Man, did the trailers suck for that one.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  4. Dan

    The Hunger Games was a good movie, it followed the book fairly faithfully, and a couple additional things were nice (seeing the game room, the talk with Snow and Seneca about crushing hope, District 11 rioting). It had a nice build up to the actual games, and the games themselves were good. Catching Fire has an even better cast, but I'm less certain about the director.

    Dark Knight Rises was disappointing to me, but still a good movie.

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag


    @bawnian-dexeus haha @dan1 would still find a way to win... that bastard!

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  6. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Above average is better than below

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  7. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @mcleve02 Like people giving him sh*t would ever affect him

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  8. Nicholaus XX

    @bawnian-dexeus -- Yeah, but Metacritic sucks. It might be a little above-average, though. It just looks so darn stupid.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  9. Dan

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx I plan to.

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag


    @dan1 Yeah... A small part of me was hoping it was going to flop so everyone could give you sh*t! ;-P

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  11. Nicholaus XX

    @bawnian-dexeus -- Take that helmet off, you silly rabbit!

    @dan1 -- Tell me that after watching the movie. ;P

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  12. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Well, metacritic gave it a 69 (green score)

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag


    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx and I thought both of those were good... haha...

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  14. Nicholaus XX

    @mcleve02 -- Nah, the critics might've been high when they saw it. They gave "The Hunger Games" 84%, and "The Dark Knight Rises" 87%, after all.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  15. Dan

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx@mcleve02 I feel vindicated in my support of Dredd now :)

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag


    @bawnian-dexeus haha... nice

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  17. Bawnian©-Dexeus


    Well then....

    *Puts on Helmet*

    Holy sh*t

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag


    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Yeah @dan1 totally called that one... It appears we have an awesome Dredd film on our hands

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  19. Nicholaus XX

    @bawnian-dexeus@mcleve02@ghostman --


    Mind slapping me into reality?

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  20. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx 2 actually. I paid around 14 for Prometheus and before that, for Avatar on a new IMAX screen in Phoenix where my dad paid like 30 for 2

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag


    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Yeah... even back in the days of real profanity on a level in which we have not seen for a long time, he would not reply... don't know...

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  22. Nicholaus XX

    @bawnian-dexeus -- Ever been to a IMAX 3D showing?

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  23. Nicholaus XX

    @mcleve02 -- Ah, all right.

    @ghostman -- Same here.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  24. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Most I've paid has been around 12.50 to 14

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag


    @ghostman Yeah, that was my point haha, MISTER ORLANDO!!!! I was saying I know IMAX tickets in CA cost in the 420 area... I think @slysnide told me she has paid as high as $22 before...

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  26. Ghostman

    @mcleve02@XxNickTheFilmCriticXx An IMAX ticket in Florida costs me 15 dollars.

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag


    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx him being lame and not replying...

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  28. Nicholaus XX

    @mcleve02 -- What are you referring to?

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag


    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx always has been...

    2 years agoby @mcleve02Flag