Discovery Channel’s 25th Anniversary of Shark Week, the Boston Harbor Hotel is showing Jaws, the 1975 thriller about a great white shark threatening the small island of Amity, on its big screen outside tonight, July 27, weather permitting. (Universal Studios is coming out with a Blu-Ray version on August 14 to coincide with its own 100th Anniversary celebration.)
What fun to sit so close to the water’s edge - the Boston Harbor - and watch as the gnarly shark attacks Captain Sam Quint’s boat. See if you can catch the local details - the film was shot at Menemsha on Martha’s Vineyard. And in the film, Quint, played by Robert Shaw, at one point crushes a can of Narragansett beer in his hand. The Rhode Island-based brewery even designed a retro can to look like the can in the film. You can enjoy a brew and some grub at the BHH’s Rowe’s Wharf Sea Grille before or during the movie, which starts at dusk (617-856-7744).
And if you miss the chance to see Jaws tonight, you can experience the shark-lore full force when Martha’s Vineyard (dubbed Amitity Island in the movie) hosts Jaws Fest: The Tribute on August 9-12. Included in the festivities is a "Shark After Dark" party on August 9 at the Blue Canoe in Vineyard Haven. There’ll be tapas, a cash bar and a lot of buzz surrounding opening night of the festival, which will offer an inside glimpse of making the movie to shark conservation (508-693-3332).