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'Downton Abbey' movie to have early LI screenings

Michelle Dockery, left, stars as Crawley heiress Lady

Michelle Dockery, left, stars as Crawley heiress Lady Mary and Elizabeth McGovern as her mother, Lady Cora, in the feature film "Downton Abbey." The motion picture opens on Sept. 20. Credit: Focus Features / Jaap Buitendijk

"Downton Abbey" — the movie — is arriving more than a week earlier than expected. As part of a special preview, the movie will screen at more than a dozen locations around Long Island Thursday, including Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington.

The official release of "Downton" is Sept. 20, but a one-time-only 7 p.m. screening Thursday will take place at cinemas in Bellmore, Deer Park, Farmingdale, Garden City, Glen Cove, Hicksville, Holtsville, Levittown, Merrick, Port Jefferson, Ronkonkoma, Sayville, Seaford, Stony Brook, Westbury.  

The movie picks up a couple years following the events of the March 6, 2016, series finale. Newsday movie critic Rafer Guzmán said in his three-star review Tuesday: "Originality is not the film's strong suit, though fans of the unabashedly nostalgic series may consider that a plus." 

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