Event | Film and Video Screenings "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial"

Date and Location

  • When: Thursday, August 8, 2019

    8:30 pm - 11:30 pm EDT

  • Where: North Lawn of the Library's Thomas Jefferson Building

Part of Summer Movies on the Lawn

The event is free, but due to expected demand, tickets are recommended, and there may be special restrictions. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Click the "Get Tickets" link below for more information and to secure your ticket. Entry is not guaranteed.

Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov.

Written by Melissa Mathison and directed by Steven Spielberg, this film chronicles the relationship between a young boy (Henry Thomas) and a benevolent alien who is stranded on Earth and trying to find his way back to his home planet. The film's masterful blending of hopeful innocence with excitement and humor made it both a critical and popular success. Grossing more than $600 million worldwide, "E.T" became the highest-grossing film of the 1980s. Nominated for nine Academy Awards, the film took home Oscars in several technical categories. In addition to Thomas, the film's cast also includes Dee Wallace, Drew Barrymore and Peter Coyote. Sound designer Ben Burtt created the vocals for the alien by blending the voices of a host of uncredited individuals, principally Pat Welsh and Debra Winger. "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" was added to the National Film Registry in 1994.

Located between the Supreme Court and the Jefferson Building, 10 First St., SE (running the length of East Capitol Street between First and Second Streets, SE), the north lawn of the Jefferson Building provides a comfortable space for people to watch the feature films. Moviegoers are welcome to bring picnics.

Join us every Thursday starting Thursday, July 11 for awesome flicks from the National Film Registry.

The series is part of the Library's annual programming theme to explore America's changemakers. It kicks off with Walt Disney’s first live-action movie to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture and ends with the first film in which computer-generated characters interacted with human actors on screen:

July 11: Mary Poppins (1964)
July 18: Beauty and the Beast (1991)
July 25: A League of Their Own
August 1: Jaws
August 8: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
August 15: Jurassic Park
Aug. 22: Mary Poppins (1964)

Each film will feature a pre-screening concert co-presented by Washington Performing Arts. Details regarding the performances will be revealed throughout the duration of the series.

Contact: (202) 707-5218.