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This sci-fi classic is the perfect all-ages, post-Thanksgiving diversion for—or from!—out-of-town guests.
Come see Steven Spielberg’s classic tale of alien contact on the big screen, with this screening of the 1998 director’s cut! The film’s emphasis on family, peace, and understanding over intergalactic destruction was inspired by other peaceful alien films such as The Day the Earth Stood Still (Robert Wise, 1951) and is inspiration for recent releases Nope (Jordan Peele, 2022) and Asteroid City (Wes Anderson, 2023). Close Encounters stars Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, and Melinda Dillon, with a notable cameo by legendary French filmmaker François Truffaut. The Academy Award for Best Cinematography was given to Vilmos Zsigmond for his work on the film. (137 mins., 4k DCP)
IMAGE CAPTIONClose Encounters of the Third Kind, courtesy of Sony Pictures.
FILM/VIDEO PROGRAMS MADE POSSIBLE BYNational Endowment for the ArtsOhio HumanitiesADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BYRohauer Collection Foundation
WEXNER CENTER PROGRAMS MADE POSSIBLE BYOhio Department of DevelopmentGreater Columbus Arts CouncilThe Wexner FamilyInstitute of Museum and Library ServicesOhio Arts CouncilCampusParcOhio State’s Global Arts + Humanities Discovery ThemeThe Columbus FoundationNationwide FoundationVorys, Sater, Seymour, and PeaseADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BYMike and Paige CraneAxium PackagingNancy KramerOhio State Energy PartnersOhio History Fund/Ohio History ConnectionLarry and Donna JamesBruce and Joy SollJones DayAlex and Renée Shumate
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Director's Cut)