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  • Writer's pictureCarrie Specht

Spirited Away Back in Theaters for Halloween!

The Academy Award-winning masterpiece Spirited Away from the legendary Studio Ghibli and director Hayao Miyazaki will play in movie theaters nationwide for three days only on October 29, October 30, and November 1. Following the smash-hit 15th anniversary celebration, the 2003 Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature returns to movie theaters as part of the unique Studio Ghibli celebration, just in time for Halloween. This exclusive event experience also features the GKIDS MINIFEST, an ongoing festival of award-winning short animated films from around the world.

During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl named Chihiro wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts. Initially, Chihiro thinks she is on another boring trip with her parents, but when they stop at a village that is not all that it seems, her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, and Chihiro ends up facing fantastic spirits, shape-shifting dragons and a witch who never wants to see her leave. She must call on the courage she never knew she had to free herself and return her family to the world from which they came.

Although this is a film produced from a child's perspective, make no mistake, like most of Miyazaki's films, this is indeed an adult oriented movie. So, be assured the whole family can watch and enjoy! I can't think of a better introduction to the films of this great master, than Spirited Away. No doubt, after this experience, you'll be searching for more opportunities to see the great work of Hayao Miyazaki on the big screen. Lucky for you, theaters all over Los Angeles tend to screen these cherished films again and again.

Tickets for Spirited Away can be purchased online by visiting or at participating theater box offices. Moviegoers throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy these events in nearly 600 select movie theaters. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

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