Are You Brave Enough to Watch ‘Jaws’ … While Actually in the Water?
An inspired (and maybe terrifying) special screening of the classic summer movie challenges you to watch it while floating in the water.
A Jaws screening from the safety of dry land is spine-tingling enough—are you brave enough to watch this classic thriller from the water?
Are you sure?
This summer, you can prove it: A collaborative effort between FandangoNOW, Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, and website Birth.Movies.Death. is bringing Steven Spielberg’s classic back to the water with “dive-in” screenings.
If you had to stay out of the ocean for months after seeing Jaws for the first time, you should probably stop reading now; if you’re willing to put yourself in a situation where you’ll likely get your pants (or, in this case, swimsuit) scared off, read on.
On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights from June 30 through July 23, JAWS on the Water will take over Lake Travis at Volente Beach Water Park in Leander, Texas (just outside Austin). Attendees will watch the movie from inner tubes floating in the water (all the while probably trying to forget that they have no idea what’s beneath them). The custom inner tubes—purportedly shark-approved—are included with each ticket, and you have no choice but to use them: The screen is only visible from the water, so no chickening out and watching from land.
Jaws will play most nights, though Jaws 2 and 3 (plus Jaws: THE REVENGE) will each be available for one night only. In addition to the tubes, which attendees will get to keep, limited-edition glasses are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Doors open at 6 p.m., and tickets include access to the water park’s other attractions until the movie starts after sunset. Food, beer, and margaritas are also available. (And there may or may not be scuba divers in the water, amping up the scream factor while you float in your inner tube.)
Brave souls who haven’t been scared off yet can purchase tickets here for $55. Children older than six are allowed but must be accompanied by an adult, and children 12 and younger must wear life vests while in the water. All you need to bring is your swimsuit and your bravery—and maybe some shark repellant spray.
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