BBC Big Screen

Free open air public screenings on a big screen.

To celebrate Jim Jarmusch's 1982 thematic strand at EIFF65, the Festival is hosting a series of free evening screenings of classic cult titles on the BBC Big Screen in Festival Square. A rare chance to see much loved 1982 titles, Tron and E.T as they are given the big screen treatment.

The screenings will take place every night from 7pm, 200 seats will be provided on first come first served basis, no tickets necessary.

Saturday 11th June at 7pm: TRON
Sunday 12th June at 7pm: E.T
Monday 13th June at 7pm: TRON
Tuesday 14th June at 7pm: E.T

E.T: The Extra Terrestrial
Steven Speilberg's 1982 cult classic staring Henry Thomas and a very young Drew Barrymore, tells the story of Elliot, a lonely boy who befriends an extra terrestrial stranded on Earth forming a deep kinship. However as the alien's presence becomes known, can Elliot and his family get ET back home before the FBI find him. This heart-warming story has been charming audiences for nearly 30 years and is sure to bring a tear to the driest eye.

The much loved original sees Jeff Bridges starring as genius software engineer Kevin Flynn who in an attempt to unveil the corruption in his previous employer, is abducted into a computer programme where he is made to participate in gladiatorial games, including the famous Light Cycle match, to escape the digital world and return to reality. With thanks to the BBC Big Screen and The City of Edinburgh Council. 

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  • #1 Chris Montroy / Friday 3 June, 2011 / 11:38 GMT

    How stupid! Im on your website and your telling me to visit your website for details of the above!
  • #2 Nicola Balkind / Tuesday 7 June, 2011 / 17:20 GMT

    Hi Chris, very astute! The page has been updated now, so no more self-linking.
  • #3 Daniel Pacey / Tuesday 7 June, 2011 / 17:28 GMT

    will the screenings of E.T. feature policemen wielding guns or walkie-talkies?
  • #4 Nicola Balkind / Friday 10 June, 2011 / 10:04 GMT

    Not that I'm aware, Daniel, but do feel free to bring your own!
  • #5 Daniel Pacey / Friday 10 June, 2011 / 16:22 GMT

    ok, just so long as I don't get arrested, but what I was actually alluding to is whether the version of E.T. being screened will be the theatrical release from 1982 or the 20th Anniversary edition? the original featured policemen (well, FBI agents) wielding guns, but, in a disappointing example of George Lucas-esque tampering, Spielberg replaced them with walkie-talkies in 2002
  • #6 Nicola Balkind / Friday 10 June, 2011 / 17:13 GMT

    The screening will be the 20th Century, aka walkie-talkies edition.
  • #7 Sarah Adams / Sunday 12 June, 2011 / 20:18 GMT

    @ Nicola Balkind - If it is the 2002 walkie-talkie version then is that not the 21st century?
  • #8 Daniel Pacey / Monday 13 June, 2011 / 11:15 GMT

    I assume that Nicola meant the 20th Anniversary version, which is indeed 21st Century!
  • #9 Colin Heggie / Tuesday 14 June, 2011 / 22:17 GMT

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