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Circle Drive-In Theatre in Dickson City shows ‘Jurassic Park’ on June 16 and ‘Jaws’ on June 17

Circle Drive-In Theatre in Dickson City shows ‘Jurassic Park’ on June 16 and ‘Jaws’ on June 17
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From a press release:

In addition to showing “Jaws” on June 17, the Circle Drive-In Theatre in Dickson City will host a special screening of another Steven Spielberg classic next week.

On Tuesday, June 16, the drive-in will show “Jurassic Park” at dusk, around 9 p.m.

Tickets are $5 each for children ages 3-11 and $8 each for adults 12 and up. All guests are asked to follow social distancing guidelines set by the Circle Drive-In (1911 Scranton/Carbondale Hwy., Dickson City).

Based on the 1990 novel of the same name by Michael Crichton, director Steven Spielberg’s ultimate thrill ride, “Jurassic Park,” is one of the biggest films in motion picture history. Featuring Academy Award-winning visual effects and groundbreaking filmmaking that has been hailed as “a triumph of special effects artistry” (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times), this epic 1993 film is sheer movie-making magic that was 65 million years in the making.

“Jurassic Park” takes you to an amazing theme park on a remote island where dinosaurs once again roam the Earth, and a small group of people must battle to survive among the prehistoric predators. Starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, and Richard Attenborough, discover the breathtaking adventure you will want to experience again and again.

Last week, the Lackawanna Historical Society announced a screening of “Jaws” on Wednesday, June 17 at 9 p.m. to benefit the Scranton-based organization. Ticket prices are the same, and raffle baskets will be available as well.

Directed by Spielberg, “Jaws” set the standard for edge-of-your-seat suspense, quickly becoming a cultural phenomenon in 1975 and forever changing the movie industry.

When the seaside community of Amity finds itself under attack by a dangerous great white shark, the town’s chief of police (Roy Scheider), a young marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss), and a grizzled shark hunter (Robert Shaw) embark on a desperate quest to destroy the beast before it strikes again. Featuring an unforgettable score that evokes pure terror, “Jaws” remains one of the most influential and gripping adventures in motion picture history.

The Circle Drive-In opened this season on May 1 with coronavirus safety protocols in place, and it was able to reopen its popular Flea Fair on May 24.

The Circle has a 1,000 car capacity and typically shows movies on its main 5,000 square foot screen and adjacent smaller screen on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights from April through September, including double features. During the pandemic, it has extended its hours, showing single films on two different screens every Friday through Tuesday.

The Circle first opened as a drive-in theater on Sept. 10, 1949, making it one of the longest-running drive-ins in the United States. Today, it uses digital projection and audio but maintains a classic feel with its old signage and fully stocked refreshment stand.

The Circle Drive-In also holds special events like the seasonal Circle of Screams haunted attraction, the NEPA Horror Film Festival, Cult Movie Club screenings, and themed movie nights in addition to parties, weddings, fundraisers, and occasional live music. It recently hosted a B-movie roadshow screening of “Dracula vs. Frankenstein” on May 26 and plans to show more classic movies this summer.