Universal Studios Hollywood Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of 'E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial' With Month-Long 'Salute to Special Olympics,' Beginning March 1

Free Admission for Special Olympic Athletes, Coaches and Staff;

Accompanying Friends and Family Receive $10.00 Off Admission Tickets

Feb 28, 2002, 00:00 ET from Universal Studios Hollywood

    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Feb. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Studios
 Hollywood will celebrate the 20th anniversary of "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,"
 with a month-long "Salute to Special Olympics" tribute beginning March 1.
     The Salute program invites all Special Olympic athletes, coaches and staff
 to enjoy a full day of behind-the-scenes motion picture and television magic,
 and the chance to soar into the stars with the world's most beloved extra
 terrestrial in the "E.T. Adventure."
     Special Olympic staff members will be required to present a business card
 and driver's license at the Universal Studios Hollywood ticket booth and
 turnstile for theme park admission.  Coaches will be required to present a
 Special Olympics badge, or coaches' card, official certificate and a driver's
 license.  All Special Olympic athletes will simply be required to wear their
 Special Olympic t-shirts.  Family and friends can also receive $10 off the
 price of regular admission (up to six people) when accompanied by a Special
 Olympic member.
     The "Salute to Special Olympics" will also be celebrated on Universal
 CityWalk with a special "Kids Eat Free" program."  The offer is valid for
 children under the age of 11 and after 6:00pm at participating CityWalk
 restaurants, with the purchase of a full price adult meal and the presentation
 of the guests' theme park ticket stub, through March 31.
     Universal Studios' "E.T. Adventure" ride attraction, enhanced to coincide
 with the 20th anniversary of "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial," includes all-new
 footage of the making of the classic film, featuring insight from Director
 Steven Spielberg on how he brought his vision to life and interviews with cast
 members Drew Barrymore, Henry Thomas and Dee Wallace Stone.  Guests will also
 be treated to a unique video presentation by Search for Extra Terrestrial
 Intelligence (SETI) scientist Frank Drake who'll offer commentary on the film
 from a scientific perspective, and demonstrate a sampling of radio frequencies
 picked up by radio telescopes searching for extra terrestrial life.
     In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Steven Spielberg's timeless and
 beloved classic, Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment will, re-release
 "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" on March 22 in a new version, which includes
 never-before-seen footage, state-of-the-art computer-generated visual
 enhancements and a digitally-remixed soundtrack.
     With the power of a fable and the soul of a fairy tale, E.T. is the
 thrilling and deeply moving story of the special friendship that develops
 between a lonely young boy and a wise, benevolent visitor from another planet
 who becomes lost on Earth.  As the boy attempts to help his extra-terrestrial
 companion contact his home planet so that he might be rescued, they must elude
 scientists and government agents determined to apprehend the alien for their
 own purposes...which results in an adventure greater than anything either of
 them could have imagined.
     From its wordless, poetic and suspenseful introductory sequence to an
 exhilarating, poignant finale, E.T. has become an indelible part of American
 film history.  Directed by Spielberg from a screenplay by Melissa Mathison and
 produced by Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, E.T. co-stars Dee Wallace Stone,
 Peter Coyote, Drew Barrymore, Henry Thomas and Robert MacNaughton.
     Featuring such unique and ground-breaking attractions as "Terminator 2:
 3D," "Jurassic Park-The Ride," "The Nickelodeon Blast Zone," the world-
 renowned behind-the-scenes Studio Tour and opening this spring, the new
 "Special Effects Stages," Universal Studios Hollywood is the world's largest
 movie studio and theme park.
      Universal Studios Hollywood ( www.universalstudioshollywood.com ) is a
 unit of Universal Studios ( www.universalstudios.com ), a part of CANAL+, the
 TV and Film division of Vivendi Universal, a new global leader in media and
     For more information call 818-622-0202.
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