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Experience again the magic of ‘E.T’

Even though he's done his share of adult features, Steven Spielberg is still best known for his films that feature children. Think of Sheriff Brody's sons in "Jaws." Or the look of wonder on the boy who senses the aliens in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."

Mostly, though, think of the kids in Spielberg's 1982 classic "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial." This was the film had critics swooning.

One was the Washington Post's Gary Arnold: "Spielberg has always demonstrated extraordinary aptitude for filmmaking, but 'E.T.' is far and away his most satisfying work to date. He knows how to transform the raw material of his childhood into an appealing popular fable. There are sequences that touch you to the quick in mysteriously casual ways."

In their ongoing quest to bring people back to movie theaters, exhibitors are teaming with distributors to bring classic film (and other visual events) back for popular viewing. And among its many offerings, Fathom Events is thinking Spielberg.

Specifically, a revival of "E.T." The Extra-Terrestrial." Two Inland Northwest theaters, the Regal Cinemas' multiplex at Northtown Mall and Coeur d'Alene's Riverstone Stadium, will screen a 35th-anniversary, remastered print of "E.T."  at 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday and Wednesday.

Remember: "E.T." wanted to go home. Regal Cinemas wants you to go to the movies. Only you can make both happen.