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Montpelier Movie Night


by Ashley Witzenberger

On Saturday, August 22, the talk of downtown Montpelier will be coming off a movie screen.

The Green Mountain Film Festival and Montpelier Alive are teaming up to sponsor a free outdoor screening of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, on the State House Lawn on Saturday, August 22 at 8:30 p.m.

The first-ever event of its kind on the State House lawn will feature the science fiction family film, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Drew Barrymore and Henry Thomas. Released on June 11, 1982 by Universal Pictures, E.T. was a blockbuster, surpassing Star Wars to become the highest-grossing film of all time—a record it held for 11 years.

Chances are most of us have seen the movie E.T., but you have never seen it like this …on a giant movie screen on the scenic State House lawn. The movie on the lawn provides a unique option for local entertainment and a new way to experience a movie that is as good today as it was decades ago.

“The Green Mountain Film Festival has been working to expand our programming outside of the festival in March. We have a wonderful community partnership with Montpelier Alive and are thrilled to collaborate on this one-of-a-kind event in the Capital City” says Rachelle Murphy, executive director, Green Mountain Film Festival.

Montpelier Movie Night on the lawn is a great opportunity to be together with your friends and family. It’s a unique setting that combines the grand structure of the State House, downtown and entertainment. If successful, Montpelier Movie night could become an annual summer event.

Mark your calendars for one more family event before the summer ends and the kids go back to school. Please note that this event is weather permitting; look for announcements and updates on the Montpelier Alive website and Facebook page.