So argued the couple sitting in front of me at my first screening of ET. (For the record, they are, most definitively, Reese’s Pieces.) My next viewing of the landmark film promises to be far more enchanting: outdoor movie night, June 23, on the lawn of Bethany Church, 4250 N. Paulina St.
ET once held the box-office record for highest grossing film but more importantly it’s the rare movie to feature a visitor from outer space who doesn’t want to demolish our planet. Dude just wants to go home.
In honor of this flashback to 1982, organizers are throwing a bit of an ’80s party on the lawn before the movie starts, featuring top music hits from the decade (fingers crossed for Kajagoogoo) and, if they can rustle up a few cans, serving the debacle known as New Coke.
The lawn space will open a couple of hours before show time at dusk, offering plenty of time to spread out a picnic blanket, mingle with friends and neighbors, and grab a bite to eat. Grilling starts at 6:30 p.m. Bring your own spread or take advantage of the free brats, hot dogs, soda, water, tons of candy and mountains of buttered popcorn. The event is BYOB.
The show starts at dusk or roughly 8:30 p.m..
Cost is $6 per adult, kids under 13 are free; there’s no separate charge for food. The entrance fee helps cover the cost of licensing the movie. Parking is available at Ravenswood Elementary, 4332 N. Paulina.