Steven Spielberg’s science-fiction classic screens tonight in San Luis Obispo
Remember the sense of otherworldly wonder you experienced the first time you saw Elliott and E.T. cycle across a starry sky?
You can recapture that feeling when you watch “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” this Saturday in downtown San Luis Obispo. The free screening is part of the summer series Movies at the Mission.
Ten-year-old Elliott (Henry Thomas) doesn’t have a lot of friends, so he’s delighted when he discovers a stranded extra-terrestrial in the forest near his home. He soon develops a special bond with the the strange creature, who he dubs “E.T.,” and resolves to help him return home.
“E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” starts at dusk at Mission Plaza. The Movies at the Mission series, which is free and open to the public, continues Aug. 11 with “Toy Story” and Aug. 18 with “Spy Kids.”
Meanwhile, the city of Atascadero is also offering a free outdoor screening series.
Up first is the animated tale “Winnie the Pooh.”
Based on A.A. Milne’s beloved children’s books, this gentle animated tale follows everyone’s favorite honey-loving bear, Winnie the Pooh (voiced by Jim Cummings), and his friends as they embark on a series of adventures. Join Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Eeyore, Christopher Robin and Kanga and Roo for an evening of songs and silliness.
The free, family-friendly screening starts at approximately 8:15 p.m. at Sunken Gardens Park, 6500 Palma Ave. in Atascadero. For more information, call 461-5000 or visit www.atascadero.org.
The Movies in the Gardens continues Aug. 11 with “The Lion King.” “Antz” screens Aug. 18, and “Dolphin Tale” is Aug. 25.
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