The 10th anniversary season of Movies in the Park closes out with the 1982 classic E.T. Steven Spielberg’s tale of an extraterrestrial who is trying to get home has been a hit since it debuted.
The film stars Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore and Robert McNaughton as three siblings who befriend the creature. Dee Wallace is their mom. Others in the cast include Peter Coyote and C. Thomas Howell.
Bring the Reese’s Pieces, ride your bicycle and plan for a magical evening of glowing fingertips, amazement and the uttering of the name “Elliott.”
E. T. was nominated for nine Oscars including Best Picture. It took home four trophies: Sound, Visual Effects, Sound Effects Editing and Score. The latter award went to John Williams for yet another iconic masterpiece.
Now in its 10th season, Movies in the Park is a free outdoor film series at the First Security Amphitheater in Riverfront Park. The move starts at dark (around 8:30).
Movies in the Park has grown to a season of eight films per year, on average, reaching audiences of up to 7,000 people. It’s a staple event in Central Arkansas. Communities from across the state, and the country, have reached out for guidance as they have tried to implement similar programs in the own communities.
Since 2008, the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau has been managing Movies in the Park.