The second screening in the Buskirk-Chumley Theater’s Summer Sci-Fi film series, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” will screen at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. Tickets to the screening are $5 and can be purchased online or at the theater’s box office. Doors open for the screening at 7 p.m.
Released in 1977, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” is revered as one of the science fiction genre’s best, as well as a high point in the canon of its director. Steven Spielberg also wrote the film, which stars Richard Dreyfuss and Teri Garr.
“Cableman Roy Neary is one of several people who experience a close encounter of the first kind, witnessing UFOs flying through the night sky,” according to a plot synopsis on the Buskirk-Chumley’s website.
Spielberg released an original cut of the film in 1977. It was then rereleased in 1980 with an alternate ending.
“‘Close Encounters,’ which was already a wonderful film, now transcends itself; it's one of the great moviegoing experiences,” wrote film critic Roger Ebert of the film’s 1980 rerelease.