Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Special Edition

Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Special Edition

Steven Spielberg, 1977, USA, 135 mins, Certificate: U

The iconic sci-fi film directed by Steven Spielberg had just had its 40th anniversary in 2017, and the Sydenham Film Club welcomes the new year in a cinematically classic, spectacular way!

Join the Neary family on their attempts to make direct contact with the aliens approaching our planet, and discover who the real bad guys are in this story of hope, obsession and optimism from the greatest American film storyteller- one of Spielberg’s absolute best and most beloved films!

Please note: we will be screening the SPECIAL EDITION of the film.


★★★★★ (…)the view from the mountaintop remains remarkable: grand celestial theatre, in which the greatest storyteller in modern movies invites us to set aside any scepticism, look up, and believe.” Mike McCahill, The Guardian

4/4 It’s hard to overstate how good Spielberg’s movie is and how contemporary it feels even today. It’s a convincing, utterly riveting story” Rafer Guzmán, Newsday

★★★★ Close Encounters is one of those rare films that works equally as well for children and for adults. Kids see this film as a promise of what might be out there and an unthreatening look at the possibilities that the universe holds. How many UFO believers today began their fascination with alien life after seeing this movie as a child? Adults, even skeptics, see Close Encounters as an accomplished fairy tale. Whether UFOs are real or not, this movie beautifully postulates the best of all alternatives (…) Remarkably, a film like Close Encounters speaks to the adult in the child and the child in the adult.” James Berardinelli,

The Sydenham Centre, 44a Sydenham Road, SE26 5QX
7.30pm Thursday 25th January 2018
£5 on the door