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Classic ‘E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial’ Lands at Towngate Nov. 29

WHEELING — Thirty-seven years ago, a little lost alien, three million light years from home, wandered into the life of a lonely young boy and into the hearts of moviegoers around the world. “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” finds his way to the Towngate Theatre big screen for one night only Friday, Nov. 29.

The film screening is part of Towngate’s popular Dinner and A Movie film series.

The much-loved sci-fi fantasy by Steven Spielberg tells the story of a space alien who befriends a young California boy (Henry Thomas) while stranded on Earth during a routine mission. Elliott and his siblings Gertie (Drew Barrymore) and Michael (Robert MacNaughton) try to help E.T. return to his home planet, while attempting to keep him hidden from the government.

The film won four Academy Awards for Best Original Score, Best Sound, Best Sound Effects Editing and Best Visual Effects and remains one of the highest grossing films of all time.

“E.T. The Extra Terrestrial” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 29. No reservations are required.

Moviegoers have to option to have dinner in the The Gallery at Towngate prior to the screening. Cost for the pre-screening dinner includes movie ticket, all food, soft drinks, coffee, tea, water and a box of popcorn to enjoy during the film. Beer and wine are available for purchase. Dinner guests can also reserve their seat for the film prior to the screening.

Ye Olde Alpha provides the food for the Nov. 29 dinner and a movie. Menu includes glazed pork tenderloin, Woodsdale chicken with chipotle cream, portabella and red wine risotto, green beans, Caesar salad, mixed green salad, bread and honey.

Reservations for the dinner must be made by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, and can be made at www.oionline.com or by calling 304-242-7700.

Other upcoming screenings include:

“The Birds, “ Jan. 10 — Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 thriller centers on a small northern California coastal town that is inexplicably attacked and rendered helpless by massive flocks of aggressive birds.

“Casablanca,” Feb. 14 — The epic love story, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, won three Academy Awards-Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay.

“All the President’s Men,” March 6–This 1976 Academy Award-winning political thriller stars Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as “The Washington Post” reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein as they uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon’s resignation.

A church-turned-theater, Towngate is located in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market District and is part of the nonprofit Oglebay Institute. Towngate offers entertainment almost every weekend.

In addition to main stage theater productions, Towngate also offers poetry and spoken word performances and children’s theater. Towngate also features comedy and improv shows. Local and regional musicians perform concerts on the Towngate stage and a variety of acting classes are offered year-round for all ages.

As a single screen cinema, Towngate shows a variety of films on select weekends throughout the year including classic movies, independent films, thought-provoking documentaries and film shorts by local and regional filmmakers.

For more information on Towngate Theatre, visit www.oionline.com or call 304-242-7700.

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