“With careful plans in place, the Sunrise is thrilled to announce the return of movies with a series of classics showing on the outdoor Sunrise Square,” says MaryBeth Poplyk, executive director.

The 1975 thriller “Jaws” will hit the big inflatable screen at 8:45 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7. Tickets are $10 per person and only available at the “door” the night of the show. Seating is limited and is first come, first served.  Movies will be shown Friday through Sunday nights.

Full concessions will be available, including the Sunrise’s Amish Country popcorn, locally made candy bars, assorted boxes of candy, sodas, beer, wine and hard cider. Chairs and/or blankets are recommended. No pets, coolers, or outside food permitted.

Many safety measures are in place and all state and local regulations will be strictly followed. Masks will be required in all general areas and may only be removed when seated in assigned areas. Seating areas will be painted on the grass defining a space for up to four people with wide aisles for social distancing.

“The Sunrise is eager to show movies again, but emphasizes the need for guests to follow rules and regulations for everyone’s safety and the continuation of the events,” says Poplyk.


• Jaws is a classic adventure thriller starring Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, and Richard Dreyfuss.

• The 1975 flick was directed by a 28-year-old Steven Spielberg and was voted one of the scariest movies of all time by Entertainment Weekly.

• Steven Spielberg always considered Jurassic Park (1993) a sequel to Jaws (1975), but on land.

• John Williams composed the film's score, which earned him an Academy Award. The simple two-note pattern has become a classic piece of suspense music synonymous with approaching danger. 

• Over 67 million people packed theaters for the initial U.S. release, making it the first summer "blockbuster." Jaws also made film history as the first film to gross more than $100 million.

• When the shark was built, it was never tested in the water. When it was put in the water at Martha's Vineyard, it sank straight to the ocean floor; it took a team of divers to retrieve it.

• A real shark became entangled in a line that had been laid down over the underwater cage. This footage was subsequently used in the film.

• Director Steven Spielberg shot roughly 25% of the film from water level to provide the viewers the perspective as if they were treading water.

• During the scene in which Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw compare battle scars, Roy Scheider lifts his shirt to reveal an appendix incision which was actually his own scar, not make up.

• Robert Shaw did not earn a penny of the film’s mammoth box office returns. He was in trouble with the IRS for tax evasion, so he had to forgo his salary to make amends.

• Richard Dreyfuss was cast at the suggestion of George Lucas who had just worked with him on American Graffiti (1973).

• Steven Spielberg cast Roy Scheider based on his performance in The French Connection (1971).

• As the shoot ballooned from 55 days to 159, with the budget likewise spiraling, the film earned the nickname amongst the crew of "Flaws".

• After filming for Jaws (1975) was completed, director Steven Spielberg said, "My next picture will be on dry land. There won't even be a bathroom scene."

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