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Colfax approves ‘E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial’ for February movie in auditorium

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX — The Colfax Village Board has given its blessing to the Colfax Commercial Club to show “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” February 21 in the Colfax Municipal Building Auditorium.

The village board approved the Colfax Commercial Club’s application to use the auditorium at the January 26 meeting and also agreed to waive the rental fee.

Admission to the movie will be $2.

The Colfax Commercial Club asked Facebook friends and face-to-face friends which movie they would like to see in February, and “E.T.” gathered the most votes.

The Colfax Commercial Club will be showing the Steven Spielberg movie through a licensing agreement with Swank Motion Pictures out of St. Louis, Missouri.

“E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” is the sci-fi adventure story of a young boy named Elliott (Henry Thomas) who lives with his single mother (Dee Wallace) and an older brother (Robert McNaughton) and a younger sister (Drew Barrymore).

One day while he is in the backyard, Elliott senses something in the woods is watching him.

An alien spacecraft on a scientific mission has accidentally left behind a botanist who now does not know how to get home.

Eventually, while Elliott is trying to keep E.T. safe and to help him find a way home, he discovers the space alien can communicate telepathically with him.

According to information on the Swank Motion Pictures website, Spielberg released the revised edition of the 1982 movie in 2002. The revised version restored some scenes which had been deleted and includes digitally refurbished special effects.

The synopsis on the Swank website describes E.T. as “perhaps the least-threatening alien invader to ever hit a movie screen.”

Those who have watched the movie will remember the scene when E.T. figures out how to communicate with words and says, “E.T. phone home.”

The mission of the Colfax Commercial Club is to promote a sense of community through a variety of activities and to promote Colfax as a place to “shop local” and “dine local.”

Funds raised by the Colfax Commercial Club will be used to implement some of the recommendations from the Power of 10 Placemaking report developed several years ago through a workshop with local business owners, residents and public officials.

The Colfax Commercial Club has already ordered and has taken delivery on way-finding signs for the village and has plans to order park benches and bicycle racks this spring.

24-7 Telcom out of Menomonie has pledged to be the title sponsor of the February movie.

“E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” will be shown in the Colfax Municipal Building auditorium on Saturday, February 21, at 7 p.m.