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Free showing of "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial"

November 11, 2012 - Leah Sherman

When we were kids, my sister and I would sometimes get a weekend away from our parents at our grandmother's house. It was always a treat for us as grandma spoiled us with take-out meals, trips to the mall, no bedtimes and she let the two of us sleep the same bed, where we would whisper and giggle all night long. At least that's the way I remember it.

And one weekend, in 1982, she took us to what was my first movie at a theater — "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial." The big screen, the unknown story, the darkened theater, the smell of buttery popcorn and the super-sized box of candy that I didn't have to share. It was a big deal. And it did not disappoint. I still smile every time I come across Reese's Pieces in a store.

A remastered version of “E.T.” was released in theaters 5 years ago to commemorate the film's 25th anniversary. Could it would stand the test of time? I found a co-worker interested in seeing it, and off we went to the theater. Subtract the fact that grandma wasn't there, and that nothing is ever as exciting as it is when you're 6 years old, and “E.T.” was as good as I'd remembered it.

That brings us to the present day: “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” is 30 years and remains one of my all-time favorites. And it is showing — for free — Sunday on the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's A&B Ampitheater lawn. The gates open at 5 p.m. and the movie begins at 6:30 p.m. Food will be available from Whole Foods, Maui Vegan Soups, Ono Gelato, Sumo Dogs and Maui Kazowie Kettlecorn.

Picture it: A starry Maui night, a cool breeze, the whole family gathered for a wonderful movie, the smell of treats surrounding you. At least one kid is going to remember the experience fondly forever.


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