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January 8, 2014

Granada to host 'E.T.' screening

MT. VERNON — This season’s Classic Kids’ Matinee at the Granada continues Saturday with a showing of Steven Spielberg’s landmark 1982 family film, “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.”

Organizers say they are hoping for a large turnout since “E.T.” is the kind of movie both parents and children can enjoy.

The Granada Center for the Performing Arts holds the Classic Kids’ Matinee once a month each year from October to May. Admission is free and concessions are offered for a modest fee.

“A lot of parents saw (’E.T.’) when it was first released and will like to come back to it,” said Barbara D’Arcy, president of the Granada’s Board of Directors. “For a lot of children, this is their first movie theater experience coming to the Granada.”

“E.T.” tells the story of a young

boy who befriends a kind alien that has been trapped on Earth.

Doors open for the showing at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, and the movie will start at 2 p.m. Children have to be accompanied by an adult.

Prior to the showing, a drawing will be held for a free kids’ birthday party at the Froggeez family fun center.

A total of eight films are shown each year for the matinee program. “E.T.” marks the halfway point of the 2013-2014 season as it is the fourth film to be shown.

Several local banks and St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital are sponsoring this season’s films. Peoples National Bank is the sponsor of the “E.T.” showing.

Granada officials and sponsors had input on which films were selected for this season, D’Arcy said. The theater cannot screen first-run movies.

The films chosen for 2013-2014 include an eclectic mix of live action and animated movies designed to appeal to a wide audience, D’Arcy said.

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