Most of us remember sharing a favorite movie with our family, whether recoiling in fear as the winged monkeys attacked Dorothy and her friends in the “Wizard of Oz,” or giggling with our siblings when Chunk recounted all his misdeeds in “The Goonies.” Now we’ll have another chance to view some family favorites.
The Campus Theatre opens its sixth annual Family Film Series starting this Tuesday, June 11, at 2 p.m. Family films will be shown every Tuesday through August 13, all free thanks to sponsorship from the Woodcock Foundation.
The first to kick off the season is “E.T.,” the classic 1982 sci-fi fantasy about a homesick alien and the child who helps him get home. It’s one of those movies that kids have loved for 30-some years.
“What we’ve seen in the past, for instance with the movie ‘E.T.,’ is that a lot of the parents grew up watching it,” said Scotta Magnelli, executive director of the theater. “So there’s a whole lot of nostalgia in watching it again with their kids.”
Besides “E.T.,” “The Wizard of Oz” and “The Goonies,” the list of this year’s family films includes memory-making classics like “The Indian in the Cupboard” and “Where the Wild Things Are.”
“There’s no better way to make those memories than in a historic theater like the Campus,” said Donna Padilla, director of outreach and fundraising. “And maybe some of the parents saw the movie for the first time here themselves.”
Trying something a little different this year, the Theatre is offering a Japanese film, “My Neighbor Totoro,” the 1988 story of two girls who move to the country and “have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby.”
“It’s a terrific story about nature and encouraging kids to go outside and explore,” Padilla said.
Magnelli cautioned that Family Film Series movies tend to fill up quickly, so viewers should arrive early. Area day camps enjoy bringing their kids to the free movies, as well, but must reserve seats ahead of time.
Movies like these can ignite a child’s imagination, Padilla said.
“Kids nowadays are so tuned in to their phones and blue screens,” Magnelli said. “This is a big screen and more of a community event. It’s more social.”
For the full list of Family Film Series movies, visit www.campustheatre.org or call 570-577-3456.
Schedule of movies
All films are shown Tuesdays at 2 p.m. and are free, thanks to sponsorship from the Woodcock Foundation. Seats fill quickly, so please arrive early.
June 11 – E.T. (PG) 114 min.
June 18 – The Peanuts Movie (G) 92 min.
June 25 – Rango (PG) 107 min.
July 2 – Labyrinth (PG) 101 min.
July 9 – The Indian In The Cupboard (PG) 96 min.
July 16 – Akeelah and the Bee (PG) 112 min.
July 23 – My Neighbor Totoro (G) 87 min.
July 30 – Where The Wild Things Are (PG) 101 min.
August 6 – The Wizard of Oz (G) 101 min.
August 13 – The Goonies (PG) 115 min.