Aug 31, 201704:29 PMThe City

"Close Encounters of the Third Kind" returns to the silver screen for its 40th anniversary

"Close Encounters of the Third Kind" returns to the silver screen for its 40th anniversary

It’s been 40 years since Steven Spielberg released his science fiction film Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and movie theaters throughout the country are marking the milestone anniversary by hosting showings of a newly remastered, digitally restored version of the cult classic for a week-long run beginning the evening of Thursday, Aug. 31.

In the Sacramento area, Close Encounters will appear at UA Arden Fair 6 (1739 Arden Way), Regal Natomas Marketplace 16 (3561 Truxel Rd.) and UA Laguna Village in Elk Grove (8755 Center Parkway Dr.) until Friday, Sept. 8.

The timing may be serendipitous, because the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District is suggesting folks stay inside this Labor Day weekend due to smoke from numerous fires burning in Northern California. We’ll take that as a hint to ditch the barbecue and instead curl up with some popcorn for an alien invasion at the movies.

For local showtimes, visit regmovies.com.

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