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Free Movie: Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Come see Steven Spielberg's 1977 sci-fi masterpiece at the Orinda Theatre on July 9

I get goosebumps when I think about seeing Close Encounters of the Third Kind for the first time.

My mom and dad took my sister and I to see it at the Dome in Pleasant Hill during its original release in 1977. I had spent most of that year obsessing about Star Wars, so a trip to see another sci-fi movie on the big screen was a welcome excursion. And what a trip this was—where Star Wars was Flash Gordon updated for the 1970s, Close Encounters was something else entirely; a thoughtful, mysterious, and ultimately magnificent experience about what might happen if the Earth were to be visited by aliens.

Nearly 40 years have passed since Close Encounters of the Third Kind hit theaters, and I have revisited the film several times on television, most recently via Blu-Ray—but I have never been back to see the film in a movie theater. Which is why I am thrilled to be able to share Steven Spielberg's magnificent Close Encounters of the Third Kind as the July 9 entry in our free Classic Film Series at the Orinda Theatre. If ever there was a film that deserves to be seen on the biggest screen possible, it is the last 20 minutes of this one.

The Classic Film Series meets the second Thursday of each month at the beautiful, historic Orinda Theatre at 7 p.m. Its always a good idea to arrive a bit early to find parking and the best available seating—admission is first come, first served. The Orinda seats 700+, so we would love to see a full house for this great film.

As always, the fun starts with a trivia contest—prizes are a pair of cupcakes form our friends at Republic of Cake.