VIPAccessEXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures Celebrated The 40th Anniversary Of “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” Under The Stars With A Special Screening Event At The Griffith Observatory – Recap Here!

Universal Pictures hosts a 40th anniversary special screening event for "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" at the Griffith Observatory

There are not as many movies that stand the test of time the way the iconic film, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial does. The Steven Spielberg-directed classic was way ahead of its time, featuring advances in cinematography and storytelling that was never done before. 2022 marks E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial‘s milestone 40th anniversary, with the motion picture having been released four decades ago on June 11, 1982. E.T. is one of those films that brings about a plethora of emotions. It’s a joy of a ride. It’s incredibly heartwarming. There are tear-jerking moments juxtaposed with scenes that will make you cry from laughing so hard. E.T. is a movie that surely holds a special place in everyone’s heart.

The extraordinary flick follows an extra-terrestrial named E.T. who is stranded on Earth. When a young boy named Elliott discovers the lovable alien, he welcomes E.T. into his home and introduces the being to his older brother and younger sister. The siblings keep E.T. a secret from the outside world – while creating unforgettable memories together like celebrating Halloween and dressing E.T. up in a wig. But, when E.T. becomes sick, the government intervenes and Elliott and E.T. must get through one of the biggest challenges yet – getting E.T. back home. The movie stars Henry Thomas as Elliott, Drew Barrymore as Gertie, Robert MacNaughton as Michael, and Dee Wallace as Mary.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a beautiful, heartfelt, and touching story that teaches us so many things – one of them being that family is what you make it.

Universal Pictures hosted a wondrous celebration in honor of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial‘s 40th anniversary with a special screening of the film under the stars at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California on Nov. 8. The outstanding event allowed attendees to step inside the world of E.T. Upon entering the renowned Griffith Observatory, guests got up close and personal with everyone’s favorite extra-terrestrial with a fun photo-opp featuring the ever beloved E.T. Then, attendees were able to take some time and peruse through all of the incredible merch and collector’s items honoring the film’s 40th anniversary. From backpacks to throw blankets, Funko POP! figurines, children’s books, toys, and a plaid jacket bearing the movie’s famous line “E.T. phone home,” all of the collectables are absolutely brilliant and definitely items that are going to be at the top of our holiday wishlists.

"E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" collector's items at the 40th anniversary special screening event held at the Griffith Observatory

Guests also got to enjoy more exciting photo-opps. An E.T. event isn’t complete without getting on your bike and having E.T. fly you high up in the sky and Universal Pictures excellently captured that notable movie scene with a terrific, photo activation. Another photo opportunity recreated the famous scene of E.T. hiding amongst all of the stuffed animals. After enjoying some pre-screening snacks, attendees then filed into the screening room for a marvelous viewing of the spectacular film.


The Griffith Observatory couldn’t have been a more perfect place to have held this exceptional event. The observatory, which holds an abundance of information on space and gives an unprecedented look into the cosmos, adds onto the out-of-this-world experience at the event.

AlexisJoyVIPAccess had a remarkable time attending the 40th anniversary celebration of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. No matter how many times you watch this film, it continues to have that same magical feeling as if you were watching it for the very first time.

Check out some more photos below from the 40th anniversary special screening event of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial at the Griffith Observatory. Comment below and tell me or tweet me at @alexisjoyvipacc, what is your favorite moment from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial?

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